Chad Ryland booted a 24-yard field goal as time expired to give Eastern Michigan a 34-31 win over Illinois on Saturday.
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- Illinois RB Epstein lost for year with knee injury
- Michigan transfer Peters to start at QB for Illini
- Illinois top prospect Beason (knee) out for year
- Ex-Michigan QB Peters to Illinois as grad transfer
Brandon Peters set career highs, throwing for 225 yards and four touchdowns as Illinois overcame an early 13-point deficit to beat UConn 31-23 on Saturday.
Running back Mike Epstein will miss the rest of Illinois' season with a knee injury.
Illinois rolled over Akron 42-3 on Saturday while showcasing a new quarterback and a reinvigorated defense in a season opener.
Brandon Peters, who started four games at quarterback for Michigan before transferring, will be the starter in the opener for Illinois, coach Lovie Smith said.
Illinois freshman defensive back Marquez Beason, the program's top-rated recruit in 10 years, is out for the season with a knee injury.
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Quarterback Brandon Peters announced on Tuesday that he is transferring to Illinois, where he will attend graduate school and have two years of eligibility remaining.
Ford transferred from Georgia to Illinois, saying he wanted to be closer to his ailing grandfather as the main reason for his decision.
Fighting Illini defensive lineman Bobby Roundtree is recovering from surgery following a severe spinal injury suffered during a swimming accident.