General: One of eight finalists for The Sporting News Socrates Award ... Leaves Northwestern with numerous school records, including single-season marks for total offense (3,272 in 2001), touchdown passes (20 in 2001), rush-pass plays (579 in 2001), rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (11) and touchdowns responsible for (31 in 2001), as well as career marks for consecutive games with a TD pass (24), consecutive passes without an interception (277), most 200-yard passing games (14), touchdowns responsible for (64), rushing yardage by a quarterback (1,294) and rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (22) ... Ranks second on school's career list for touchdown passes (42), third in career completions (507) and second in passing yards (5,822), fourth in passing efficiency (118.3) and second in total offense (7,116) ... Finishes his career in the top 50 for NCAA Division I-A total offensive yards per game (237.2) ... Completed 50 percent or more of his passes in 20 of final 23 games ... Transfer from Notre Dame ... Became eligible five games into his sophomore season (1999) ... Named the starter two games into his NU career ... 29 career starts ... Four-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week.
2001: Team MVP ... Honorable mention all-Big Ten coaches' selection ... Named the all-Big Ten quarterback by collegefootballnews.com ...Named a Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award finalist on Oct. 31, joining Kurt Kittner (Illinois), Joey Harrington (Oregon), Eric Crouch (Nebraska) and David Carr (Fresno State) as finalists ... Two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week (Michigan State and Bowling Green) ... Started all 11 games ... Team co-captain ... Threw for 2,692 yards, the second-best single-season total in school history ... Ranked ninth nationally in total offense (297.2 ypg) and first in the Big Ten ... Set an NU single-game record and posted the the third-best performance in Big Ten history with a 532-yard performance against Bowling Green ... Totaled a career-high 421 passing yards and 111 rushing yards (career-high 29 carries) vs. the Falcons ... Became just one of a handful of NCAA Division I-A quarterbacks to throw for 300 yards and run for 100 yards in a single game ... Tossed a career-high four touchdown passes in career finale at Illinois to give him a single-season record 20 TD passes ... Became the first quarterback in NU history to gain 1,000 rushing yards in a career when he ran for a career-high 115 yards vs. Penn State on Oct. 20 ... Finished with 1,294 career rushing yards ... Ranked first in the Big Ten and eighth nationally in “points responsible for” with 16.91 per game ... Owned a string of 277 consecutive pass attempts without an interception until MSU’s DeMario Suggs stopped the streak on Sept. 29 ... Recorded his career-best single-game completion percentage of .688 (22-of-32) against Minnesota on Oct. 13 ... Before the Iowa game (9-of-20, 45.0 percent, season-low 86 passing yards), had completed 153 of 255 passes for 60.0 percent the previous seven games ... Racked up 413 yards of total offense (115 rushing/298 passing) vs. Penn State, the fourth-best single-game performance in NU history ... Rushed for a career-high three TD’s and threw for another two in season-opening game at UNLV ... Threw for 318 yards at Duke ... Ran for 105 yards and totaled 336 yards in total offense in comeback win over Michigan State ... Equaled a personal-best with three rushing TD’s vs. Penn State ... Completed 22 of 42 passes for 235 yards and two TDs at Purdue ... Held to six rushing yards at Purdue (17 carries) ... Totaled 292 yards of total offense at Indiana ... Recipient of NU's Waldo Fisher Scholarship, given to the top male scholar-athlete.
2000: Started all 12 games at quarterback … Football News honorable mention All-American … Named honorable mention All-Big Ten by the media … Named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week twice (10/30, 11/6) … Prior to shattering many of his 2000 records in 2001, set then-NU single season records for touchdown passes (19); consecutive games throwing a TD (12); total offense (2,894 yards); rush-pass plays (529); and rushing yards by a quarterback (505) … Threw 189 passes without an interception, an NU record … Tied Otto Graham’s single-season mark for rushing TDs with nine … Had the fourth most single-season passing yards in NU history with 2,389 … Had the fifth best single-season pass efficiency mark (125.45) … Led the Wildcats to comeback wins at Wisconsin (NU trailed by three with :51 left and won in double OT); at Minnesota (NU trailed by 21 in second half, before Kustok ran for two scores and threw for two scores in final 17:08); and vs. Michigan (NU trailed by nine in fourth quarter and five with :20 left) … Threw a 45-yard TD pass to Sam Simmons as time expired to beat Minnesota … Threw an 11-yard TD pass to Simmons with :20 left to defeat Michigan … Was 27-of-40 for 322 yards, no interceptions and two touchdowns vs. Michigan … Also ran for two scores vs. the Wolverines … Was 18-of-32 for 209 yards and two touchdowns vs. Minnesota … Carried 29 times for 90 yards and two scores vs. the Gophers … Was 3-for-3 passing with two touchdowns on fourth down at Minnesota … Was 21-of-41 for 288 yards, no INTs and two scores at Wisconsin, also ran for a score … Received the Carnig Minasian Citizenship Award … Named Offensive Player of the Game three times and Big Playmaker twice.
1999: Saw action in seven games once becoming eligible, starting the final six ... Completed 70 passes for 741 yards and three touchdowns ... Second on the team in rushing with 209 yards and two touchdowns ... Rushed for the game-winning TD in the final seconds against Iowa ... Passed for a season-high 179 yards against Illinois ... Earned championship performance recognition, offensive player of the game, big playmaker of the game and scout of the week each one time.
Notre Dame: Did not see action as a freshman ... Dean's List.
High School: Ranked as the 97th best prospect nationally by the Chicago Sun Times ... Detroit Free-Press Best of the Midwest team ... Special mention all-state by Sun Times and Chicago Tribune ... Started every game his last three seasons, played the final six as a senior with a separated left shoulder and final two with separated right shoulder ... Threw for 948 yards and nine touchdowns and ran for 643 yards and six TDs his senior season in '96 ... Threw for 1,410 yards and 14 TDs in '95 ... Threw for 1,193 yards and eight TDs in '94
... Two-time all-league pick ... Two-time captain ... Academic all-state.
Personal: Born Zak Adam Kustok on 2/24/79 ... Son of Al and Jeanie Kustok ... Father played football at Illinois ... Sister, Sarah, is a starter on DePaul's basketball team ... Economics major.
Kustok's Career Stats
Year GP ATT COM INT PCT YDS TD LNG Rating
1999 7 153 70 6 45.8 741 3 49 85.1
2000 12 363 206 7 56.7 2389 19 73 125.4
2001 11 404 231 10 57.2 2692 20 80 124.5
CAREER 30 920 507 23 55.1 5822 42 80 118.3
Year GP ATT YDS AVG TD Lng
1999 7 92 209 2.3 2 36
2000 12 166 505 3.0 9 34
2001 11 175 580 3.3 11 39
CAREER 30 433 1294 3.0 22 39