The Illini got a big win Saturday to open up their 2021 season, defeating Big Ten foe Nebraska 30-22. The win also gave new coach Bret Bielema his first win as the head coach of the orange and blue.
“You have one opportunity to win your opener as a head coach and this is a big deal,” Bielema said. “Give a lot of credit to Josh for letting me have this moment, let me get this opportunity, and the kids to play their hearts out. Cause, for me, this was a big one.
“The importance of winning at home in these divisional games is huge and they buy in to it 100 times over. I’m super excited for our players.”
Starting quarterback Brandon Peters left the game in the first quarter after sustaining a shoulder injury. Back-up Artur Sitkowski took over and helped lead the Illini to victory. He finished the game 12-15 for 124 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Illinois will now face UTSA Saturday, September 4, at 6:30 at Memorial Stadium.
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