MADISON - Tying a school record with five touchdowns, it was easy to pinpoint junior quarterback Scott Tolzien as a big reason Wisconsin rolled in the second half of a 45-24 victory over Michigan.
On Sunday, it was easy for the Big Ten Conference to recognize those contributions.
Tolzien was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Michigan, the conference announced on Sunday. It is the second time this season Tolzien has been honored by the Big Ten, making him the first UW quarterback in school history to earn multiple Big Ten Player of the Week honors in the same season.
The junior quarterback completed 16-of-24 passes (66.7 pct.) for 240 yards and equaled a career high with four passing touchdowns, while adding a rushing score. The Illinois native registered two touchdown passes in a back-and-forth first half to help the hosts claim a 21-17 lead at halftime. He added two more scoring strikes in the third quarter before tacking on a rushing touchdown early in the final stanza to put the game away.
Tolzien guided the Wisconsin offense to 28 first downs and 469 yards of total offense against the Wolverines, an average of 6.2 yards per play. He also recorded four scoring strikes against Michigan State on Sept. 26. Tolzien collects his second weekly award for the season and his career, becoming the first Badgers’ signal caller to claim multiple player of the week laurels since weekly honors were instituted for the 1987 campaign.
The last UW offensive player of the week was John Clay, who was honored after the Minnesota game on October 4.