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Illini Visit Rutgers Saturday

The Illinois football team will look for its first win of the season Saturday in New Jersey against Rutgers at 12 p.m. CT.


Illinois (0-3, 0-3) will be without quarterback Brandon Peters for a third straight game as he recovers from COVID-19. Sophomore Coran Taylor started in Saturday's 41-14 loss to Minnesota, and threw (106 yards) and ran (42) for a combined 148 yards as Illinois was outgained 541-287.


Isaiah Williams is expected to be available after finishing his 14-day quarantine. He was among 12 players unavailable due to COVID-19 protocols.


Whoever gets time at quarterback, the Fighting Illini hope to see improvement for an offense with the fewest average passing yards (162.7 per game) in the Big Ten. The offense is 13th in the conference in total yards at 325.7 a game.


Rutgers (1-2, 1-2 Big Ten) began Greg Schiano's second stint with the team -- the first was from 2001-11 -- with an eye-opening, 38-27 win at Michigan State on Oct. 24. The Knights followed that with a 37-21 loss to Indiana in their home opener, and then last week's 49-27 loss at Ohio State, when they trailed 35-3 at halftime.


Noah Vedral was 22 of 33 for 168 yards at Ohio State and has a 63.5 completion percentage for the season, with three touchdown passes.


The game at Rutgers has been moved to noon CT on Big Ten Network. Kickoff was originally scheduled for 11 a.m. CT. 

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