Oct. 8, 2007
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Junior quarterback C.J. Bachér (Sacramento, Calif./Jesuit) earned his first Big Ten Conference Offensive Player of the Week honor today after leading Northwestern to its thrilling 48-41 overtime victory at Michigan State on Saturday.
Bachér shattered a school record with 520 passing yards, the fifth-highest total in Big Ten history, while equaling a program best with five touchdown passes to lift the Wildcats to their first Big Ten win this season.
He completed an outstanding 79.2 percent of his passes, connecting on 38 of 48 attempts with no interceptions. Two of Bachér's five touchdown tosses marked the longest completions of his career, scoring strikes of 78 and 70 yards in the second half. He also connected on two other touchdown passes in regulation of a back-and-forth game in which neither team led by more than seven points.
With the score knotted at 41, Bachér completed one final scoring throw in overtime, a 12-yard strike to running back Omar Conteh to give the Wildcats the victory. The 520-yard performance broke the previous program best of 513 passing yards by Brett Basanez against TCU in 2004.
Only four other Big Ten signal callers have passed for more yards in a game -- Illinois' Dave Wilson (621 yards in 1980), Iowa's Chuck Hartlieb (558 yards in 1988) and Purdue's Drew Brees (522 yards in 1998) and Kyle Orton (522 yards in 2004). Bacher's five touchdown passes equaled the school record set by Mitch Anderson in 1973.
Bachér also was named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week and a nominee for the AT&T All-America Player of the Week on Sunday.
Bachér joins Michigan's Mike Hart, Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell and Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel for this week's AT&T All-America honor. Fans can vote for C.J. here. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. EST with the winner announced Oct. 11 during Thursday's ESPN College Football Primetime game (Florida State vs. Wake Forest).