Ichabods Return Home To Face Truman In Final MIAA battle

By: Washburn Sports Information (Posted by J.B. Bauersfeld)
By: Washburn Sports Information (Posted by J.B. Bauersfeld)

Kickoff
The No. 19 Washburn Ichabods returns home to face the Truman State Bulldogs in what will be the final match up between the two schools as members of the MIAA as the Bulldogs will be joining the Great Lakes Valley Conference at the end of the 2012-13 school year. Washburn (5-1, 5-1 MIAA) is coming off a 51-18 win over Lincoln last time out while the Bulldogs (5-2, 3-2 MIAA) won at Nebraska-Kearney 16-7.

First Look
Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m.
Location:Topeka, Kan./Yager Stadium (7,200)
Internet: through America One Network online
Radio: KTPK 106.9 FM and online at wusports.com
Series: Truman leads 18-11
Series Notes: Will be the MIAA last meeting between the two schools
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Game story lines
• Washburn is 11-18 against the Bulldogs but have won the last five and eight of the last 10.
• Washburn has outscored the Bulldogs 226-85 during the five-game winning streak.
• Washburn is looking for its sixth win of the season locking up a winning season for the eighth-straight year - a first for Washburn in the program's history.
• Washburn has won the last three meetings with the Bulldogs in Topeka.
• Truman's last win in Topeka came Setp. 27, 2003 in a 12-6 win.
• The Ichabods have not played the Bulldogs in Topeka since Oct. 31, 2009 when the Ichabods won 37-7 on Homecoming.
• Craig Schurig's first win at Washburn came against Truman on Oct. 12, 2002 and he became the Ichabods' winningest coach on Oct. 8, 2011 in Washburn's 42-14 victory giving him a school-record 68th win.

Coaches
Washburn head football coach Craig Schurig . . .
• Named head coach of the Ichabod football program Dec. 28, 2001.
• Is 77-45 (.602) in his 11th season as the Ichabod head coach.
• Is 60-35 (.600) against the MIAA.
• Has led the Ichabods to three NCAA Playoff appearances and two bowl appearance championships.
• Led the Ichabods to the 2005 MIAA regular season outright championship.
• Has recorded seven straight winning seasons for the first time in the program's history.
• Led the Ichabods to the program's first 10-win season and their first NCAA or NAIA playoff game victory in school history with a win over Abilene Christian on Nov. 19.
• Is Washburn's all-time winningest coach with 77 wins.
• Is 8-2 against Truman.
• The eight win against the Bulldogs is the second-most wins against any school trailing the nine wins against Emporia State.

Truman head coach Gregg Nesbitt . . .
• Is 12-16 in her third season as the Bulldogs' head coach.
• Is a 1980 graduate from Truman and returned in 1987 to earn his master's degree.
• Coaches Columbia Hickman High School for 13 years winning the 2004 state title.
• Coached secondary at Central Methodist in 2006 before going to Central Missouri in 2007 as co-defensive coordinator.
• Is 0-2 against Washburn.

Ichabod Notebook
• Under head coach Craig Schurig, the Ichabods are 55-11 when leading at the end of the first quarter.
• Washburn is 54-12 when they score the first points of the ball game.
• The Ichabods are 30-16 in October action under head coach Craig Schurig.
• The Ichabods are 23 of 26 in the redzone this season scoring 19 touchdowns while kicking four field goals.
• Defensively the Ichabods are allowing opponents to score on 14 of 19 trips into the redzone allowing 11 touchdowns.
• Washburn had been above a 50 percent third down conversion rate in each game prior to the
last four as the Ichabods have gone 7-19 against Northeastern, 7-18 against Central Oklahoma, 4 of 15 against Southwest Baptist and a season-low 1 of 9 on third downs against Lincoln.
• Washburn is 32-2 when they have over 200 yards rushing.
• Washburn is ranked 12th in the nation in pass efficiency defense.
• Washburn is 17th in the nation in net punting at 37.6 yards per attempt.
• The Ichabods are the No. 28-ranked team in the nation and first in the MIAA in pass defense allowing 182 yards a game.
• Washburn is tied for 24th in the nation in sacks allowed at 1.0 per game.
• Sophomore punter Aaron Hummert is tied for ninth in the nation in punting averaging 43.0 yards per game.

Individual Notebook
Taylor Made
• Senior linebacker Jahmil Taylor is the most-experienced Ichabod returning.
• His streak of games started ended three weeks ago at Central Oklahoma with an ankle injury at 26 straight appearances. He has started 35 games while appearing in 43 overall.
• He has 279 career tackles which is eighth all-time at Washburn.
• Was a second team all-MIAA pick in 2011.
• He is the fourth-highest active player in NCAA Division II with the 279 career total tackles.
• He is also fourth in solo tackles (146) and 11th in assisted tackles (133).

Atagivision
• Junior inside linebacker Bryce Atagi finished third last season with 101 tackles.
• He has started the last 18 consecutive games.
• A second team all-MIAA pick and third team all-region selection in 2011.
• He had a career-high 14 tackles against Southwest Baptist last time out.
• He forced his second career fumble against the Tigers recovering his third overall on the same play.
• He leads the team with 54 tackles with 18 solo stops and also has a team-high 7.5 tackles for loss.
• He became the 20th Ichabod to reach at least 200 tackles in a career against Lincoln.

Hey Steve
• Senior offensive tackle Steve Dieckhaus has started the last 34 games at Washburn - currently the longest streak on the team.
• Has started two games at right guard, 13 at right tackle and 13 at left guard and six starts this season at left tackle.
• An honorable mention all-MIAA pick in 2011.

Willie Will or Willie Won't
• Junior linebacker Willie Williams is third-leading returning tackler with 83 in 2011.
• He led the team with six tackles against Fort Hays State putting him over the 100-mark in his career at Washburn.
• This season he is third on the team with 41 with 24 solo stops.
• He recorded his first career interception against Lincoln.

Buhler . . . Buhler
• Sophomore quarterback Mitch Buhler is the only signal caller returning from the 2011 season.
• He appeared in five games passing for 167 yards and one touchdown as a redshirt freshman.
• He passed for a career-high 368 yards in the loss at Central Oklahoma attempting a season-high 48 passing attempts completing a season-high 23.

It Hursts So Good
• Junior tight end Tore' Hurst has started the last 20 games.
• Last season he had 38 catches or 591 yards.
• He tied for second on the team with eight touchdown receptions in 2011.
• He is second on the team in 2012 with 17 receptions and recorded his first touchdown reception of the season against Northeastern State and caught two more against Southwest Baptist in the last game.
• He has 1,020 career receiving yards with 17 touchdowns and 70 career catches.
• His 17 receiving touchdowns is tied for sixth on the all-time Washburn chart.

Washburn Walker
• Senior defensive end Corey Walker has played in 32 games starting the last 18 games.
• He has played on both offensive and defensive lines.
• Had had eight tackles for loss last season.
• He is third on the team with 6.5 tackles for loss and his 4.5 sacks is leading the team.

What Can Brown Do for You
• Wide receiver Tyrell Brown is averaging 7.0 yards a carry this season and has 18 carries for 126 yards including a 53-yard run against Fort Hays State.
• He also had four catches for 71 yards averaging 17.8 yards per catch.

Something for a Fan to cheer about
• Junior wide receiver Mark Fancher leads the Ichabods in all purpose yards with 506 averaging 84.3 yards a game.
• He is tied for second on the team with three touchdown receptions.

The Hay song
• Junior running back Hayden Groves leads the team with four touchdowns while averaging 18.7 yards per catch out of the backfield.
• He also leads the team with 301 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground.

Mac Daddy
• Junior Ryan Macken has started the last three games at linebacker and is second on the team with 54 tackles including a team-high 26 solo tackles.

Obi-wan Kobbeman
• Junior wide receiver Matt Kobbeman leads the team with 19 catches for a team-high 309 receiving yards leading the squad with a 51.5 yards per game average.
• His four receiving TD's is also a team-high.

About Truman
• Truman is 4-2 and 3-2 in the MIAA.
• Truman defeated Nebraska-Kearney 16-7 last time out.
• Truman is averaging 30.8 ppg while allowing 21.5 per contest.
• The Bulldogs are averaging 378.2 yards per game on offense while allowing 370.8 yards per game for their opponents.
• Will Mosquera is averaging 57.5 yards per game on the ground.
• Conrad Schottel has completed 57 percent of his passes for 1,386 yards with 12 touchdowns averaging 231 yards per game.
• Dallas Grier is averaging 105.7 per game receiving with 42 catches for 634 yards and four touchdowns.
• Richie Schumacher leads the team with 51 tackles and 32 solo stops.

Series history with Truman
Series Record: TSU leads 18-11
Streaks: WU has won the last five
First Meeting: TSU 26, WU 13 (09/15/1958)
Last Meeting: WU 42-14 (10/30/2010) in Kirksville
Last WU win: 42-14 (10/30/2010) in Kirksville
Last TSU win: 21-7 (10/21/2006) in Kirksville
Largest WU win: 62-0 (9/18/2004) in Kirksville
Largest TSU win: 39-0 (9/22/1962) in Kirksville

Last meeting with Truman (10/8/2011)
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. -- Ichabod head coach Craig Schurig became the all-time winningest coach at Washburn as the Ichabods improved to 6-0 for the first time since WWII in a 42-14 win over Truman State.
The Ichabods opened the scoring for the game on their first drive, a 10-play, 92-yard march down the field capped by Justin Cooper's 5-yard run. Copper finished the first half with 11 carries for 75 yards and two touchdowns.
After forcing a Bulldog punt, the Ichabods' Dane Simoneau hit Greg Schoenberg on a 4-yard touchdown pass wrapping up a five-play, 74-yard drive. Simoneau was 13 of 19 for 219 yards and two touchdowns in the first half.
The Ichabods stretched their lead to 21-0 on a quick-strike three-play drive as Ronnell Garner pulled down a 72-yard pass from Simoneau on the first play of the second quarter.
On the Bulldogs' next drive, Washburn's true freshman Calvin Kenney, who was making his first start of the season, picked off J.B. Clark setting up Cooper's second score of the half - a 6-yard run with 3:01 left in the first half.
The Bulldogs forced an Ichabod punt on their last drive of the half and on the final play of the half, Clark hit Andy Mundwiller on a 34-yard touchdown pass play as time expired.
Washburn held the Bulldogs to 109 total yards with 50 coming on their final drive of the half. Washburn recorded 344 on 36 plays.
The Ichabods took the second half kickoff and added to their lead when Simoneau hit Schoenberg for his second touchdown reception of the game - this one a 36-yard strike over the middle putting Washburn up 35-7.
Truman scored on its next drive as Clark connected with Dallas Grier on an 18-yard touchdown pass with 7:45 to play in the third quarter.
Cooper wrapped up the scoring with a 73-yard run on a one-play drive finishing the scoring with Washburn taking the 42-14 win.
Cooper led the Ichabods with a game-high 168 yards rushing and three touchdowns averaging 8.8 yards per carry. As a team the Ichabods rushed for 229 yards.
Simoneau finished 17 of 29 for 275 yards and three touchdowns and DaJuan Beard completed his first collegiate pass on a reverse option for 49 yards to Ronnell Garner who had three catches for 139 yards and one score.
Washburn recorded 553 yards in total offense while holding the Bulldogs to 305.
The Ichabod defense recorded a school-record nine sacks for 53 yards with three coming from Dakota Palan-Johnson, who was wearing No. 20 in honor of Jermon Watson. Bryce Atagi had 13 total tackles to lead the Ichabods while Marty Pfannenstiel had 10.

Last time out for Truman (10/6/12)
KEARNEY, Neb. – Dallas Grier caught 11 passes for 178 yards including a 20-yard touchdown reception as the Truman Bulldogs defeated the University of Nebraska-Kearney Lopers 16-7 on Saturday afternoon on the road. The Bulldogs move to 4-2 on the season while UNK falls to 0-6.
Grier had 143 yards on seven catches in the first half while vaulting to eighth all-time in Truman history in receiving yards passing Mike Berentes (1967-70; 1,658), Lloyd Henry (1975-77; 1,677) and Kevin Collins (1998-00; 1,712) in the process. He caught a 66-yard pass on the first play following Michael Elliott's fifth interception of the year with the Bulldogs trailing 7-3. That would set up a 12-yard strike from Conrad Schottel to Brett Nagel on third down to give the Bulldogs the lead for good at the 6:10 mark of the second quarter.
Elliott's INT was the 11th of his career and tied him in sixth place all-time in Truman history with Craig Patton (1977-80) and Brandon Steele (1992-94).
On the Bulldogs next possession, Grier used his height advantage to catch a lob pass from Schottel from 20-yards away to put the 'Dogs up 16-7.
That would end up being the final score as the Bulldog defense and punter Eric Phillips were key in the second half. The “D” would keep freshman quarterback Sean Flanagan off balance with five of their season-high seven sacks coming in the final 30 minutes. Jeramey Dockery and Connor Nagel each posted a sack and a half while Patrick Blackwell, Matthew Bell, Charlie Heinzmann and Ryan Johnson all had one apiece.
The defense allowed a seven-play, 92-yard scoring drive in the first half and a 61-yard drive at the end of the game to account for nearly half of the Lopers 334 yards of total offense.
Phillips pinned the Lopers back with his leg as he averaged just shy of 40 yards on seven punts including four inside the 20 and had his fifth punt this season downed inside an opponents' one-yardline. UNK's average starting field position was their own 17 on the afternoon while the Bulldogs started 20-yards better on average at their own 38.
Schottel finished with 273 yards of passing completing 24-of-42 attempts with his two TD passes. Will Mosquera had 23 carries for 43 yards while Grier's 178 yards receiving was the most by a Bulldog in a game since Jeff Amundson's 2004 total of 188 against Northwest Missouri. It was the 10th highest single-game day for a Bulldog receiver and vaulted Grier to eighth all-time in career receptions with 122 passing Tom Geredine (1969-72), Alfonso Pugh (1999-02) and Geoff Jensen (1999-02).
Despite having a field goal blocked and another missed, Derek Koon connected from 26-yards on the Bulldog's first possession for his 30th career make.
Flanagan, making his first start for the Lopers at QB, finished with 201 yards on 13 completions with his top target being his older brother Tommy. The elder Flanagan had five catches for 102 yards while Ricky Trinidad had 110 yards rushing with a long of 42 to set-up the Lopers lone score in the second quarter.

Last time out for Washburn (10/6/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Washburn Ichabods won a battle between the universities from the capital cities from Missouri and Kansas as they defeated Lincoln 51-18 in Reed Stadium.
The Ichabods (5-1, 5-1 MIAA) led 16-4 at the break in a strange first half which saw the Blue Tigers (0-6, 0-6 MIAA) record all points from a safety and from a blocked two-point conversion returned for a touchdown. Washburn took the early lead on a 23-yard field goal by Jeremy Linn with 5:09 to play in the first quarter. After a punt by the Blue Tigers, Washburn was pinned at its own one and Kameron Stewart was tackled in the endzone as the Ichabods gave up the safety with 14:54 to play in the second quarter.
On the ensuing free kick, Aaron Hummert kicked the ball to the Lincoln 20 and recovered it to take back possession. Mitch Buhler hit Matt Kobbeman on a 20-yard touchdown pass with 13:31 to play in the half leading 9-4 after the PAT was returned for a 2-point conversion by Herman Hopson after it was blocked by Robert Fenton.
Neither team would score until Joel Piper entered the game and hit Ryan Mertz on a 14-yard touchdown pass with 6:44 remaining in the half putting Washburn up 16-4.
Lincoln too the opening kickoff of the second half and marched 79 yards in seven plays to cut Washburn's lead to 16:11 with 11:56 to play in the third quarter. Washburn took its next possession and matched the Blue Tigers with a touchdown of its own when Buhler connected with Jordan Hart on a 23-yard touchdown completion stretching Washburn's lead to 23-11 with 9:47 left in the third quarter.
After a three-and-out for the Blue Tigers, Washburn marched 40 yards in six plays to go up 30-11 when Buhler hit Mertz for his second touchdown of the day with 5:49 to play in the third quarter.
The Blue Tigers added a score to make cut the Washburn lead to 12 at 30-18 with 2:29 to play in the third quarter.
The Ichabods scored on the first play of the fourth quarter when Hayden Groves scored on a 1-yard run putting Washburn up 37-18. After another Blue Tiger punt, Washburn's Mark Fancher scored on a shovel pass from Piper with 11:20 to play in the game on a 14-yard completion.
The teams traded drives and then Brit Dewey scored from 26-yards out to wrap up the scoring with 4:04 remaining.
Washburn had 115 yards rushing and three touchdowns and the Ichabods had 256 yards passing with Buhler going 8 of 16 for 124 yards and three touchdowns and Piper finished 9 of 16 for 132 yards and two touchdowns.
Kobbeman had four catches for 86 yards and one score to lead the Ichabods. Hart finished with three catches for 68 yards and a score and Mertz had three catches with two for touchdowns and 31 yards receiving.
Defensively Ryan Macken had 14 tackles with a tackle for loss and Willie Williams had 11 tackles with an interception he returned 55 yards. jayveri Kelly had two sacks and Corey Walker had one. Jason Seibel also had an interception for Washburn.
The Ichabods finished with 371 total yards and 24 first downs yet trailed 37:34 to 22:26 in time of possession. Washburn was 1 of 9 on third down conversions in the game and 2 of 2 on fourth down. The Ichabods did score on all seven of its red zone scoring chances.

Washburn football history
Washburn is 515-551-44 (.482) in the 122nd year of Ichabod football.

A win for Washburn over Truman would . . .
• lift the Ichabods to 516-551-44 in its football history.
• make the Ichabods 18-12 all-time against Truman.
• be the Ichabods' sixt-straight win over Truman.
• make the Ichabods 7-9 in Topeka.
• give the Ichabods their sixth win of the season locking up a winning season for the eighth-straight year - a first for Washburn.

A loss for Washburn to Truman would . . .
• drop the Ichabods to 515-552-44 in its football history.
• snap a five-game winning streak over Truman.
• drop the Ichabods to 19-11 all-time against the Bulldogs.

Lincoln leftovers . . . the win . . .
• lift the Ichabods to 515-551-44 in its football history.
• make the Ichabods 5-0 all-time against Lincoln.
• improve the Ichabods to 2-0 in games played in Jefferson City.
• be the fifth-straight win against the Blue Tigers.
• made Washburn 8-9 in games played on Oct. 6.
• The Ichabods are now 4-0 as the No. 20-ranked team in the country in the AFCA Top 25 coaches poll after the win over Southwest Baptist and Lincoln this season.

Bod Bullets
• Washburn is 7-9 in games played on Oct. 13.
• Matt Buhler had four tackles - all on special teams against Lincoln.
• Brit Dewey had 24 rushing yards on give carries and a touchdown against Lincoln filling in from his defensive back position.
• Jordan Hart's 68 yards receiving was a career-high against Lincoln.
• The 107 tackles at Lincoln (43 solo) were the second-highest in a single game at Washburn behind the 108 recorded against Southwest Baptist on Sept. 23, 2005 (56 solo).

Ichabods in the national polls
WACO, Texas -- The Washburn Ichabods climbed one spot to No. 19 in the latest AFCA top 25 coaches poll which was released on Oct. 8. The Ichabods have been ranked in the top 25 in the last 19 polls and have received votes in 45 of the last 46 coaches polls.

Up next
Washburn will face the final new member of the MIAA when they travel to St. Charles, Mo., to face the Lindenwood Lions. The Ichabods will return home to face Northwest Missouri on Oct. 27 for homecoming festivities.


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