Illini QB Williams leaves game

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Illinois quarterback Juice Williams left
the Illini's game against Illinois State after the first series
Saturday night.

Williams, the team's leading rusher and the Big Ten's top passer
last season, began limping near the end of a 49-yard run that saw
him fall to the turf at the Illinois State 1-yard line.

The senior stayed in the game, and Jason Ford's touchdown gave
Illinois their first points of the night. But Williams was replaced
for the next series by junior Eddie McGee, and he did not return in
the first half.

McGee was 10 of 13 for 135 yards and one touchdown, and also ran
for 21 yards and a score as Illinois took a 24-0 halftime lead.