JR, QB, Chicago, Ill./Chicago Vocational
Williams exploded for career-highs of 451 passing yards and five touchdowns to nearly rally Illinois from a second-half deficit against nationally-ranked Missouri. The junior quarterback also established career highs with a 61.9 completion percentage, 26 completions and 42 attempts. His five scoring strikes rank second in school history and are the third-highest total in Big Ten annals. Williams' 451-yard effort rates third in the Illini records book and topped his previous career-best by more than 200 yards. Illinois fell behind 45-20 in the third quarter, but Williams broke loose for almost 300 yards through the air and four touchdowns in the second half to nearly pull off the win. The Chicago native completed a 65-yard scoring toss early in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 10 points before Missouri held on for the win. This is the second career weekly accolade for Williams after being honored on Nov. 12, 2007.
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