Illinois found the win column on Saturday, but it took until the very end to decide the game.

Entering the game against Rutgers, the Illini were still looking for a victory after a rough start to the season. Illinois also received a boost after getting a number of players back in action from contact tracing.

Among the players to return in Week 4 was quarterback Isaiah Williams. Traditionally the backup, Williams was cleared from contact tracing and received the nod as the starter. He went on to set an Illini record for rushing yards by a QB in his first career start.

Here’s what head coach Lovie Smith had to say about the performance, potential QB battles, and what he sees from the Illini moving forward: