Aug 28, 2021; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Illinois quarterback Brandon Peters (18) runs with the ball in the first quarter during Saturday   s game with Nebraska at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

News Articles

Illinois gets Brandon Peters back, looks for ‘D’ in Maryland matchup

Illinois gets its No. 1 signal-caller back but strives to address defensive deficiencies before Maryland hits town on Friday night.

The matchup marks the Big Ten opener for Maryland.

Illinois (1-2, 1-0 Big Ten) kicked off coach Bret Bielema’s first season with a 30-22 victory over Nebraska on Aug. 28. Quarterback Brandon Peters injured his non-throwing shoulder in the first quarter of that game, but Bielema said Peters has healed and will return as the starter Friday.

“A lot of the things that we had saw (from Peters) during fall camp and even going back to last spring, through the summer, through fall camp, weren’t able to be materialized yet,” Bielema said. “He obviously has a very live arm, a lot of experience.”

Second-stringer Artur Sitkowski played well in Peters’ stead, but the Fighting Illini have struggled since beating Nebraska. They absorbed a 37-30 loss against UTSA and a 42-14 drubbing at Virginia. As a result, Illinois ranks 113th of 130 FBS teams in scoring defense (33.7 ppg).

Bielema said Virginia dominated Illinois on explosive plays, which his staff defines as runs of 12 yards or more and passes of 20 yards or more. Cavaliers quarterback Brennan Armstrong completed nine passes of at least 20 yards on his way to a stellar five-TD showing.

“We definitely have to look at how those plays happen,” Bielema said. “There were technique errors, there were mental errors, there were situations of plays that they’d given us new looks, seeing things that we hadn’t seen before, and we just (weren’t) able to identify them.”

Maryland (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten) will hit the road for the first time this season after cruising to a 62-0 victory over FCS foe Howard. Eight different players accounted for the Terrapins’ eight touchdowns Saturday, and Taulia Tagovailoa completed 22 of 27 passes for 274 yards and three scores.

The Terrapins, who also topped West Virginia 30-24 in their season opener, received 14 votes in the Associated Press poll following Week 2. But they know the schedule will only get tougher from here.

“As a team we’re excited to be 2-0,” coach Mike Locksley said. “It was great to see, with us being able to play a lot of players (vs. Howard), that the standard of playing with a high level of intensity — no matter what the score, no matter who the opponent — it was good to see that from our team.”

–Field Level Media

Field Level Media
Sport Writer & Editor
FLM has a North American focus while tying into regional and hyper-local resources – providing the ability to distribute compelling content through the writing of professional journalists. As the U.S. sports content provider to dozens of digital and print media publishers through strategic partnerships with the likes of Reuters and Nielsen Sports, FLM covers the nuts and bolts with a breaking news desk and game event coverage.

Sportsbooks

Rated 5/5

Rated 5/5

Rated 5/5

Rated 5/5

Upcoming Games

Oct 23rd, 7:00 PM

WKU -17.5 -107

Florida International (FIU) +17.5 -107

@

Oct 23rd, 7:00 PM

Tennessee +23.5 -107

Alabama (4) -23.5 -107

@

Oct 23rd, 7:00 PM

UTSA (24) -7 -117

LA Tech +7 -117

@

Oct 23rd, 7:00 PM

South Alabama -13.5 -107

Louisiana-Monroe +13.5 -107

@

Oct 23rd, 7:00 PM

Temple +4 -110

USF -4 -110

@

Oct 23rd, 7:00 PM

Nevada +1 -107

Fresno State -1 -107

@

Oct 23rd, 7:00 PM

San Diego State (22) +5.5 -107

Air Force -5.5 -107

@

Oct 23rd, 7:30 PM

South Carolina +17.5 -110

Texas A&M (17) -17.5 -110

@

Oct 23rd, 7:30 PM

Utah -3 -110

Oregon State +3 -110

@

Oct 23rd, 7:30 PM

NC State (18) -2.5 -107

Miami-FL +2.5 -107

@

Oct 23rd, 7:30 PM

West Virginia +5.5 -107

TCU -5.5 -107

@

Oct 23rd, 7:30 PM

USC +6.5 -107

Notre Dame (13) -6.5 -107

@

Oct 23rd, 7:30 PM

Georgia Tech +6 -107

Virginia -6 -107

@

Oct 23rd, 7:30 PM

Ohio State (5) -19 -107

Indiana +19 -107

@

Oct 24th, 12:00 AM

New Mexico State +17.5 -110

Hawaii -17.5 -110

@

Oct 28th, 7:30 PM

Troy

Coastal Carolina (14)

@

Oct 28th, 7:30 PM

USF

East Carolina

@

Oct 29th, 7:30 PM

Navy

Tulsa

@

Oct 29th, 10:00 PM

UNLV

Nevada

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

Virginia Tech

Georgia Tech

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

Texas State

Louisiana-Lafayette

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

Bowling Green

Buffalo

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

Massachusetts

Liberty

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

Miami-FL

Pittsburgh (23)

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

Texas

Baylor (20)

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

Cincinnati (2)

Tulane

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

Rutgers

Illinois

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

UCF

Temple

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

Indiana

Maryland

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

Michigan (6) -3 -110

Michigan State (9) +3 -110

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

Iowa (11)

Wisconsin

@

Oct 30th, 2:00 PM

North Texas

Rice

@

Oct 30th, 2:00 PM

Iowa State

West Virginia

@

Oct 30th, 3:00 PM

Missouri

Vanderbilt

@

Oct 30th, 3:00 PM

Washington State

Arizona State

@

Oct 30th, 3:00 PM

Hawaii

Utah State

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

Georgia (1) -13 -107

Florida +13 -107

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

Florida State

Clemson

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

Texas Tech

Oklahoma (3)

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

Florida International (FIU)

Marshall

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

Southern Miss

Middle Tennessee

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

LA Tech

Old Dominion

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

TCU

Kansas State

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

Boston College

Syracuse

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

Purdue (25)

Nebraska

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

Minnesota

Northwestern

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

Louisiana-Monroe

Appalachian State

@

Oct 30th, 3:33 PM

Colorado

Oregon (10)

@

Oct 30th, 3:33 PM

UCLA +3 -110

Utah -3 -110

@

Oct 30th, 4:00 PM

Charlotte

WKU

@

Oct 30th, 4:00 PM

Wyoming

San Jose State

@

Oct 30th, 4:00 PM

Duke

Wake Forest (16)

@

Oct 30th, 5:00 PM

Arkansas State

South Alabama

@

Oct 30th, 6:00 PM

UTEP

Florida Atlantic

@

Oct 30th, 6:00 PM

Georgia State

Georgia Southern

@

Oct 30th, 7:00 PM

Ole Miss (12)

Auburn (19)

@

Oct 30th, 7:00 PM

Oregon State

California

@

Oct 30th, 7:00 PM

Kentucky (15)

Mississippi State

@

Oct 30th, 7:00 PM

Kansas

Oklahoma State (8)

@

Oct 30th, 7:00 PM

Arizona

USC

@

Oct 30th, 7:00 PM

SMU (21) +3 -107

Houston -3 -107

@

Oct 30th, 7:00 PM

Boise State

Colorado State

@

Oct 30th, 7:30 PM

Louisville

NC State (18)

@

Oct 30th, 7:30 PM

North Carolina +6 -107

Notre Dame (13) -6 -107

@

Oct 30th, 7:30 PM

Penn State (7) +12.5 -107

Ohio State (5) -12.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 10:15 PM

Virginia

BYU

@

Oct 30th, 10:30 PM

Washington

Stanford

@

Oct 30th, 10:30 PM

Fresno State

San Diego State (22)

@