CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) -- It was a home opener unlike any other in Illini football history.

Just 75 minutes before the game, Illinois announced starting quarterback Brandon Peters tested positive for COVID-19 and was ruled out.

The team went with Matt Robinson to back him up but he got injured. So the Illini called on Coran Taylor to produce a spark.

Taylor, who came into the day as the 4th string quarterback, threw for 273 yards and two touchdowns. The only knock on the junior quarterback is he had four turnovers; two fumbles and two interceptions.

Illinois had a chance despite everything but couldn't make a big play late in the fourth quarter to push them over the edge.

You also have to tip your cap to Purdue. They converted on a third and long to seal the game.

The Illini are now 0-2 and will host Minnesota next Saturday.

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