Illini defense struggles: Illinois losses to No 19 Huskies 34-24
September 15, 2013, Slideshow By Jim Grimaldi, The Illini hosted No 19 Washington at Soldier Field on Saturday and although making the final score respectable in their 34-24 loss, the Illini showed they have a great deal of work to do on defense, giving up over 600 yards to the Huskies.
The Illini gained some confidence by winning their first two games of the season but were brought back to reality against the Huskies.
The Illini (2-1), who trailed 10-3 at the half, found a way to hang around in that first half with their defense, which looked good for 30 minutes. The second half however saw Washington assert themselves until late in the game when Illinois tried to rally back.
‘‘Last week, we won a big game [against Cincinnati], but I realized we weren’t as good as some people thought,’’ defensive coordinator Tim Banks said. ‘‘And today, I don’t think we’re as bad as some people think.’’
Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase had a mediocre 9-25 passing for 156 yards and was sacked four times.