Washington came back with an 11-play, 54-yard drive that culminated with a 32-yard field goal by Travis Coons to seal the victory for the Huskies.
"I believe in this football team. I believe in our football players. And I believe in our coaching staff,'' Beckman said. "You can see the strides we've made on offense and defense.''
Illinois will now get a week off before hosting the Miami of Ohio RedHawks on Saturday, Sept. 28 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign. Kickoff time for that game is still to be determined.