Rivers shines in Illini debut

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CHAMPAIGN -- MJ Rivers didn't look like a true freshman Saturday night, leading the Illini to a 34-14 victory over Western Illinois.

The Frisco, Texas native was ready for his big moment when AJ Bush Jr. went down with an injury in the first quarter.

Rivers threw a pair of touchdown passes to fellow freshman Edwin Carter to give Illinois the lead for good. 

Click the video above to hear from Rivers, and Lovie Smith on why he beat out the other freshman for the number 2 spot. 

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