Illinois QB Isaiah Williams sets Illini record in first career start
Isaiah Williams had to wait a while to make his first start in 2020, but he was a bright spot for much of the afternoon against Rutgers.
After starting quarterback Brandon Peters tested positive for COVID-19 in Week 2, all assumptions were that Williams would get the next start for Illinois. Unfortunately, contact tracing kept him sidelined in Weeks 2 and 3.
Finally cleared for Week 4, Williams received the nod for his first career start, and he made the absolute most of it. Not only did he help lead the Illini on a game-winning drive, but he also set an Illinois record for rushing yards in a game by a quarterback.
The previous record was 187 set by A.J. Bush Jr. in 2018. In the win over Rutgers, Williams rushed for 192 yards and a touchdown.
In addition to his work on the ground, Williams threw for 104 yards and was able to avoid turning the ball over. He also set up the game-winning field goal with a clutch throw with less than 10 seconds remaining in the game.
It was far from a perfect performance, but Williams showed a strong effort in his return to action.