Player of the Week: Big East

Connecticut's defense has been there for the Huskies for much of this season. Never was that more evident than on Saturday.

UConn kept Louisville's offensive attack in check throughout the day, knocking Teddy Bridgewater around and ultimately pulling out the 23-20 triple-overtime win, its second straight win. The 20 points were the Cardinals' lowest total of the season.

Trevardo Williams, the conference's defensive player of the week, was a big part of that, and he is our player of the week as well. Williams recorded three sacks, 3.5 tackles for and seven total tackles in the win.

The senior end helped limit the Cardinals to 27 rushing yards, and now the Huskies are a win away from bowl eligibility, this after lacking a conference win three short weeks ago.

Williams' 30.5 career sacks are the most among active Big East players and second among all active players in the country. They are also a school record, as he broke Mark Michaels' UConn record with a second-quarter sack of B.J. Daniels in a Nov. 3 loss at South Florida.

Williams now has 11.5 sacks on the season, and UConn now has the nation's 10th-best defense, and the top unit in the Big East.