By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (CBS/AP) — It has been a rough start for the Illini this season, with a 0-3 record in which they didn’t even have a lead for any of those first three games.

That would change, eventually, as they played Rutgers on Saturday.

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Isaiah Williams got his first start at quarterback for the Illini. At third and 12, he had a long scramble for first down – in a record-setting day for Illinois quarterback rushing.

The Scarlet Knights’ Noah Vedral threw a big interception late in the fourth quarter, when Rutgers was at first-and-10 on Illinois’ 37-yard line.

was caught by Illinois’ by Nate Hobbs, and a long return set up the Illini for the winning play.

James McCourt made a 47-yard field goal after missing previous two field goal attempts in fourth quarter. He talked about getting the team’s first win of the season.

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“There was definitely a lot of emotion in this win, because we know we’re a good team, and that’s the most frustrating part about losing the first few games,” he said. “Definitely a sense of relief; definitely a sense of like enjoyment, because we know that this team has a lot of potential. This win – I feel like there’s still a lot of football left for us.”

The Illini won 23-20.

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