Illini Quarterback Gets Big Ten Honor
Sept. 20, 1999
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois quarterback Kurt Kittner was named co-Big Ten offensive player-of-the-week for his outstanding performance in the Illini's 41-36 win over Louisville. Saturday night.
Kittner completed 17-of-24 passes and set a single game career-high for completion percentage (70.8%) while tallying 244 yards and four touchdowns in the game, including strikes of 67 and 49 yards.
His 67-yard touchdown pass to Rocky Harvey was a career-long, while his 244 yards passing fall one yard shy of matching a career high. He totalled a 211.3 passing efficiency rating for the game, the fifth-best on Illinois' single-game list. Dating back to last season, Kittner has gone 82 attempts without an interception and has thrown nine touchdown passes this season.
Kittner shares the award with Ron Dayne, who broke the Big Ten career rushing record with his 231-yard performance.
With Kittner's accolades this week, the Illini have had back-to-back Big Ten players of the week this season (LB, Danny Clark on 9/13/99). The last time the Illini had back-to-back winners was in 1994 when Simeon Rice was honored following a win over Washington State (9/1/94), and the entire Illinois defense won the award for their performance vs. Missouri (9/10/94) when they allowed only one first down and 46 yards total offense.