TOPEKA, Kan. – Washburn’s Cary Williams recorded 226 all purpose yards as he scored touchdowns on special teams and on offense and returning an interception in the endzone 36 yards to help the Ichabods top Missouri Southern 26-20 in Yager Stadium. The Ichabods improved to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in the MIAA while the Lions fall to 4-2 and 2-2 in conference play. Washburn will travel to Emporia State next week to take on the arch-rival Hornets in the Turnpike Tussle.
The Ichabods took the opening drive and marked 71 yards on 11 plays as Ra’Shawn Mosley scored from three yards out. Mosley would finish the game with 74 yards on eight carries before leaving the game with an ankle injury.
After the Lions’ drive stalled, Washburn took over and Williams, playing at wide receiver for the first time this season scored on a 68-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Brill putting the Ichabods up 14-0.
Missouri Southern cut the lead in half as Adam Hinspeter hit Brandon McLaurin on a 16-yard touchdown pass.
Andrew Knight, seeing his first action this season for the Ichabods connected on a 31-yard field goal wrapping up a 67-yard, 12-play drive with 11:56 left in the second quarter.
After forcing a three-and-out for the Lions, Washburn fumbled the punt and the Lions took advantage scoring six plays later as Hinspeter hit Isaac Norman for an 8-yard strike. The extra point attempt was blocked by Ben Bianchino as the Ichabods would take a 17-13 lead into the halftime locker room.
After the Lions took the lead at 20-17 on an Alley Broussard 1-yard touchdown run, Williams scored his second touchdown on a 100-yard kickoff return putting the Ichabods back up 24-20 with 2:23 left in the third quarter. It was the second 100-yard touchdown in school history as Fletcher Terrell accomplished it against Central Missouri in 2005.
On the Ichabods’ second drive of the fourth quarter failed to convert a third down, Washburn punter Ben Boswell boomed a 78-yard punt to the Missouri Southern two yard line. After a false start penalty on the Lions, a 1-yard rush by Renard Johnson and two incomplete passes, Missouri Southern knelt in the end zone for a safety taking the free kick from the 20 yard line and putting Washburn up 26-20.
The Ichabods’ drive stalled forcing a punt by Washburn starting the Lions drive at their own 49-yard line. The Lions drove down to the Ichabod 15 before Williams intercepted a Hinspeter pass in the endzone and returned it to the Washburn 36 yard line.
Washburn picked up three first downs to seal the 26-20 win, taking their fifth straight win and their ninth win in the last 10 meetings.
Brandon Walker finished with 80 yards rushing on 19 carries and Brill was 9 of 21 for 196 yards and 1 touchdown pass. Walker also led the Ichabods in receiving yards with three catches for 87 yards.
Boswell averaged 48.2 yards per punt on five attempts.
Zach Watkins had 11 tackles with eight solo stops and Bruce Ringwood had 10 tackles. Eric Lawrence had nine tackles including four for loss.
Broussard led the Lions on the ground with 98 yards on 20 carries and Hinspeter was 21 of 35 for 191 with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Colin Bado had six receptions for 65 yards. Jared Brawner led the Lion defense with seven tackles along with B.J. Russow who also had seven stops.
Washburn finished with 363 yards in total offense with 167 coming on the ground. The Lions had 313 yards overall.