Tolzien Earns Top Conference Honor

After completing 19-of-31 passes for 243 yards and a career-high four touchdown passes in Wisconsin's 38-30 win over Michigan State, junior quarterback Scott Tolzien was recognized Sunday by the Big Ten Conference.

MADISON - If anyone still thought junior quarterback Scott Tolzien was under the radar, the Big Ten Conference made sure that opposing coaches know who No.16 is.

After setting career highs with 19 completions, 31 attempts and four touchdown passes in just his fourth start, helping Wisconsin improve to a perfect 4-0 on the season, Tolzien was named the Big Ten's Offensive Player of the Week.

The award is the first for Tolzien and the first for a Wisconsin quarterback since Tyler Donovan was honored on Sept. 3, 2007. That is the 10th time in school history a UW quarterback has thrown at least four touchdown passes in a game. The last to do so was John Stocco vs. Minnesota on Oct. 14, 2006.

Tolzien leads the Big Ten and ranks 13th in the country in passing efficiency at 164.3. In four games, he has completed 66-of-99 passes for 884 yards and eight touchdowns against just two interceptions, both coming in the season opener.

The last Wisconsin player to earn Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors was David Gilreath on Nov. 10, 2008. Tolzien is the second UW player in as many weeks to earn Big Ten POW honors as Chris Borland earned the Special Teams Player of the Week award following the Wofford game.

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