Williams Named Big Ten Player of the Week

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois sophomore quarterback Juice Williams was named the Big Ten's Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after his performance in Illinois' upset of No. 1 Ohio State. He picks up the first weekly award of his career and the fifth for an Illini this season.

Juice Williams, Illinois, SO, QB, Chicago, Ill./Chicago Vocational Williams tossed a career-high four touchdown passes and rushed for 70 yards to lead the Illini to their first triumph over a No. 1 team since 1956 and hand top-ranked Ohio State its first loss of the season. The sophomore quarterback completed 12-of-22 passes for 140 yards and averaged 4.4 yards on 16 carries. Williams completed scoring strikes to four different wideouts to give Illinois a 28-14 advantage in the third quarter. Ohio State would narrow the gap to seven points entering the fourth quarter before throwing an interception with 8:09 remaining in the contest. On the ensuing drive, Williams converted a fourth-and-one on a quarterback sneak and then converted three third-down attempts with rushes of 12, 12 and three yards to run out the clock and give the Illini the victory. The Illinois offense racked up 260 rushing yards on the day against an OSU defense which entered the game ranked third in the country allowing only 65 rushing yards per contest. Williams picks up the first weekly conference laurel of his career.

LAST ILLINOIS OFFENSIVE POW: RB Rashard Mendenhall on Sept. 24, 2007

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