PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The BIG EAST Conference has named Pittsburgh quarterback Tino Sunseri, Connecticut defensive end Trevardo Williams and Connecticut kicker Chad Christen the winners of the league's weekly football honors for games through Nov. 24.
Sunseri was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week after he completed 21 of 39 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns to help Pittsburgh to a 27-6 win against No. 21/19 Rutgers, keeping the Panthers alive for bowl eligibility. Facing a defense that led the BIG EAST with 15 interceptions, Sunseri extended his streak to 245 consecutive passes without an INT —a streak that began Sept 22 and has spanned eight games.
Williams was tabbed as BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week after he had seven tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks to key Connecticut’s defensive effort in the Huskies’ 23-20 triple-overtime win at No. 19/18 Louisville, keeping the Huskies in contention for bowl eligibility. He helped Connecticut hold Louisville to just 27 rushing yards, while the 20 points scored by Louisville were the fewest for the Cardinals this season. Williams has 30.5 sacks in his career, which puts him first among all active BIG EAST players and second among active players nationally.
Christen was named BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week after he scored 11 points, going 3-for-3 on field goal attempts and 2-for-2 on PATs to help Connecticut to the triple-overtime win against Louisville, giving the Huskies their second win against a top-25 team in school history. Christen hit a 39-yard field goal in the first quarter and a 37-yard kick in the first overtime period before he ended the game with a 30-yard field goal in the third OT.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tino Sunseri • Sr. • QB • Pittsburgh • Pittsburgh, Pa.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Trevardo Williams • Sr. • DE • Connecticut • Bridgeport, Conn.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Chad Christen • Jr. • K • Connecticut • Etters, Pa.
Greg Blair • Sr. • LB • Cincinnati • Pittsburgh, Pa.
Had 14 tackles, a tackle for loss and a forced fumble in a 27-10 win against USF.
George Winn • Sr. • RB • Cincinnati • Southfield, Mich.
Rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries in a 27-10 win against USF.
Teddy Bridgewater • So. • QB • Louisville • Miami, Fla.
Completed 30 of 53 passes for 331 yards and two touchdowns with one interception in a 23-20 loss to Connecticut in triple-overtime.
Aaron Donald • Jr. • DE • Pittsburgh • Pittsburgh, Pa.
Had seven tackles, three tackles for loss and a sack in a 27-6 win against No. 21/19 Rutgers.
Keon Lyn • Jr. • CB • Syracuse • Miramar, Fla.
Had two fourth-quarter interceptions, including a 31-yard return for a touchdown, in a 38-20 win at Temple.