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Poor Tackling to Blame for Illinois Loss

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - For its first game at Chicago's Soldier Field in 19 years, Illinois had Dick Butkus sideline.

The greatest defensive player in Illini history watched his old school allow 615 yards to Washington in a 34-24 loss.

Illinois, players and coaches alike, said the problem was tackling that was anything but Butkus-like.

No. 17 Washington pulled away from Illinois in the third quarter after Illinois had kept the deficit to a manageable 10-3 at halftime.

The Illini entered the game knowing the Huskies would run a fast-paced offense - and have more talent - than anyone they'd seen this season.

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