FILE – Utah State quarterback Levi Williams (16) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)
LOGAN, Utah – Utah State graduate junior quarterback Levi Williams was named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career it was announced by the league office on Monday.
Williams, a 6-foot-5, 230-pounder from Canyon Lake, Texas (Smithson Valley HS/Wyoming) is the second Aggie to earn MW Player of the Week honors this season. Sophomore safety Ike Larsen was named the MW Defensive Player of the Week following USU’s 32-24 double-overtime win at San Diego State and Larsen was also named the MW Special Teams Player of the Week following USU’s 34-33 win at UConn.
Williams, who was making his first start in his two-year Utah State career, led the Aggies to a 44-41 double-overtime win at New Mexico to become bowl eligible. Against the Lobos, Williams accounted for 351 yards of offense and five touchdowns, including both of USU’s scores in overtime.
Williams posted his third-career 100-yard rushing game, including his first at Utah State, as he gained a season-high 153 yards on a career-high 25 carries and scored a season-high three touchdowns.
Overall, Williams is just the eighth quarterback in school history to rush for 100 yards as his 153 rushing yards are the second-most by a quarterback in program history. Furthermore, Williams’ 25 rushing attempts are a school record for a quarterback, while his three rushing touchdowns are tied for the most in school history by a quarterback.
Williams third rushing touchdown occurred in the second overtime on a broken play as he dropped the snap and then rushed 13 yards for the winning score. Williams also scored on a 6-yard run in the first overtime and added a 29-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Williams was also 16-of-27 passing for 198 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the game as both of his touchdown passes came in the first quarter from 13 and 57 yards.
His touchdowns responsible for (5) are tied for the most in the MW this season, while his rushing yards (153), rushing attempts (25) and rushing touchdowns (3) are the most by a MW quarterback this year.
Utah State’s (6-6, 4-4 MW) bowl opponent and destination will be announced next Sunday, Dec. 3.
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