MARYVILLE, Mo. – The Washburn Ichabods dropped a heartbreaking 28-27 decision to No. 7 ranked Northwest Missouri State on the Bearcats’ homecoming at Bearcat Stadium. The loss snapped the Ichabods’ four-game winning streaking dropping their record to 6-3 and 5-2 overall. Washburn will be back in action next week in Yager Stadium against Pittsburg State, who also enters the game with a 5-2 overall in conference play as part of a four-way tie for second place in the MIAA race with two weeks to go.
Washburn took the lead at 27-21 with 2:35 left in the game as Jordan Brill hit Jake Lebahn on a 10-yard pass completion. However, the extra point attempt failed.
After the ensuing kickoff, the Bearcats drove 48 yards in six plays capped by Kendall Wright’s touchdown reception from Joel Osborn with 59 seconds remaining.
Washburn gained possession with 54 seconds remaining, but the Ichabods drive stalled and the Bearcats ran out the clock to gain the win.
The Bearcats scored first as Xavier Omon capped a 7-play, 60-yard drive with a 13-yard run putting Northwest up 7-0.
Washburn came right back on the ensuing kickoff as Brandon Walker pulled in a 7-yard touchdown strike. On the first play of the drive, Ra’Shawn Mosley ripped off a 69-yard run pushing him over Trent Hearn’s career rushing yardage mark to 3,154. Mosley would finish the afternoon with a career total of 3,186 yards going for 101 yards on 18 carries.
After the teams traded drives, the Ichabods took the lead at 14-7 as Mosley scored on a fourth a goal from the Northwest 2-yard line.
The score would remain 14-7 as Washburn entered the halftime locker room with the lead.
On the Bearcats first drive of the second half, Omon carried the ball nine times on a 13-play drive wrapping it up with a 1-yard plunge with 9:02 left in the third quarter knotting the score at 14. Neither team would score the remaining of the half.
The Bearcats took the lead at 21-14 as Osborne hit Josh Gannan on a 9-yard touchdown pass.
Again the Ichabods would rally to tie the score at 21 as Brill hit Walker on a fourth and 12 from the Bearcat 26 with 6:14 left in the game.
On the Bearcats’ next drive, Omon fumbled at the Northwest 27 and it was recovered by Bruce Ringwood.
Six plays later, Brill connected with Jake Lebahn on a 10-yard strike to put Washburn up 27-21 setting up the ill-fated extra point attempt. Northwest then would go on the winning drive taking the game 27-21.
Brill finished the game 14 of 31 for 194 yards and three touchdowns. He hit Walker for two touchdown passes and seven receptions overall for 115 yards. Lebahn finished with 61 receiving yards and four catches along with the touchdown reception.
Ringwood led the Ichabod defense with a career-high 17 tackles, including one for loss and the one fumble recovery. Jarod Tetuan had nine tackles and Zach Watkins had eight tackles, including a fumble recovery. Cary Williams recorded his sixth interception of the season and his 10th interception of his career.
The Ichabods had 326 total offensive yards compared to 340 for the Bearcats. Washburn was 3 of 17 on third down conversions, but were 5 of 7 on fourth down. The Bearcat defense limited Northwest to 5 of 15 on third down conversions.