Despite a gutsy effort from Illinois, Purdue edged out Lovie Smith’s squad 31-24 on Saturday afternoon.

Illinois was missing multiple players due to coronavirus and injury, but still managed to have a shot to tie the game in the final minutes.

Fourth-string quarterback Coran Taylor was 17-of-29 for 273 yards, two touchdowns and two picks. Starter Brandon Peters and backup Isaiah Williams were ruled out before the game started. Illinois also lost third-stringer Matthew Robinson to an injury early in the game.

After the loss, Smith told reporters that the Illini never seriously considered cancelling the game due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

Illinois will play Minnesota next week if it can limit its COVID-19 positive tests during the next week.

Here’s what Smith had to say after the game: