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Wisconsin QB Alex Hornibrook named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week

A big Saturday leads to Hornibrook’s second weekly award.

This was a no brainer, right?

Wisconsin starting quarterback Alex Hornibrook was named the Big Ten’s offensive player of the week, the conference announced on Monday.

The redshirt sophomore completed 18 of 19 passes for a career-high 256 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions in Wisconsin’s 40–6 win over BYU on Saturday. Hornibrook broke the single-game school record for completion percentage previously held by Darrell Bevell since October 1993.

Hornibrook’s 277.4 passing efficiency rating for the game is the second-highest in school history, behind only John Stocco’s 2006 performance against Indiana.

From our breakdown of Hornibrook’s stats on Sunday:

Even more impressive, Hornibrook completed all eight of his third-down passes, five of which either moved the chains for a first down or added points onto the scoreboard.

Three of his four touchdown passes were on that down (to three different receivers: Quintez Cephus, A.J. Taylor, and Troy Fumagalli), while five completions went for 16 or more yards.

Eight different receivers caught passes on the afternoon, with 10 of the 18 completions coming from Hornibrook to first and second-year receivers in Cephus (five), Taylor (three), and Davis (two).

Last September, Hornibrook was named the conference’s freshman of the week after his performance against Michigan State in a 30–6 win on the road.

This week’s other Big Ten award winners are:

  • Defense: Minnesota DB Jacob Huff
  • Special Teams: Michigan K Quinn Nordin
  • Co-Freshmen: Ohio State RB J.K. Dobbins, Rutgers QB Johnathan Lewis