The missed tackles not only allowed the Huskies (2-0) to roll up plenty of yardage, but they were also a very impressive 10-of-16 in third-down conversions.
"That comes with practice and wrapping up. That's what defensive players do, it's fundamentals,'' said Illinois junior Houston Bates, who had eight tackles and one forced fumble. "We had our opportunities. When we needed to make plays, we didn't make them.
"It's two or three plays that could have changed the end of the game, but we didn't make them.''
They plays that stood out to Bates were a couple of big third-down conversions on scoring drives in the third quarter as Washington built its 31-10 lead.
"Those guys were pretty good, and they were pretty fast,'' Brown said. "We missed tackles and they made plays.''
But, those were not the only plays that could have made a difference in the Chicago Homecoming game for Illinois.
On three occasions in the first half, the Illini moved the ball inside of the Huskies 25-yard line. But those three drives resulted in a punt, a missed 41-yard field goal and a successful 40-yard field goal by Taylor Zalewski.
"You saw last week with Cincinnati that we were able to put the pressure on them early, but today we felt like we left points out there in the first half,'' said Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, who passed for 156 yards on 9-of-25 passing. "In the second half when we started putting points up, so it was good to see positive results.
"We're a team that wants to put the pressure on them early, put the pedal to the metal, and really force the other team to make adjustments.''
Instead, it was Washington with the 1-2 punch of quarterback Keith Price and running back Bishop Sankey that was firing on all cylinders after a rough first quarter.