The No. 20 Washburn Ichabods will travel to Jefferson City, Mo., for the first time since Sept. 9, 2000 to face the Lincoln Blue Tigers. Washburn (4-1, 4-1 MIAA) is coming off a 42-14 win over Southwest Baptist while the Blue Tigers (0-5, 0-5 MIAA) dropped a 37-26 decision at Emporia State.
Game story lines
• Washburn is 4-0 all-time against Lincoln.
• Washburn has outscored the Blue Tigers 169-67 in the four previous meetings.
• Washburn won the only meeting at Lincoln 63-21 on Sept. 9, 2000.
• With the win over Southwest Baptist, Washburn improved to 22-17 following a loss under head coach Craig Schurig and 8-2 following a loss since the 2009 season.
• Saturday's game will be the first game the Ichabods have played on natural grass since Aug. 29, 2009 in a 27-14 win over Colorado Mines prior to the Ordiggers putting in artificial turf the following year.
Washburn head football coach Craig Schurig . . .
• Named head coach of the Ichabod football program Dec. 28, 2001.
• Is 76-45 (.602) in his 11th season as the Ichabod head coach.
• Is 59-35 (.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 76 wins.
• Is 1-0 against Lincoln.
Lincoln head coach Mike Jones . . .
• Is 1-15 as the Blue Tigers head coach.
• He spent the 2010 season as linebacker's coach at Southern University in Louisiana where the Jaguars went 2-9.
• Prior to joining Southern, he spent six years at Hazelwood East High School in St. Louis with the final two as head coach leading them tot he 2008 state championship going 18-7 in two seasons.
• After playing running back at Missouri, Jones played 12 years in the NFL recording the game-clinching tackle in Super Bowl 34
• Is 0-1 against Washburn.
• Under head coach Craig Schurig, the Ichabods are 54-11 when leading at the end of the first quarter.
• Washburn is 53-12 when they score the first points of the ball game.
• The Ichabods are 27-17 in September action under head coach Craig Schurig.
• The Ichabods are 17 of 20 in the redzone this season scoring 14 touchdowns while kicking three field goals.
• Defensively the Ichabods are allowing opponents to score on 12 of 16 trips into the redzone allowing nine touchdowns.
• Washburn had been above a 50 percent third down conversion rate in each game prior to the
last three as the Ichabods have gone 7-19 against Northeastern, 7-18 against Central Oklahoma and a season-low 4 of 15 against Southwest Baptist.
• Washburn is 32-2 when they have over 200 yards rushing.
• Washburn is ranked 14th in the nation in pass efficiency defense.
• Washburn is 15th in the nation in net punting at 37.9 yards per attempt.
• The Ichabods are the No. 24-ranked team in the nation and first in the MIAA in pass defense allowing 170 yards a game.
• Washburn is tied for 27th in the nation in sacks allowed at 1.0 per game.
• Sophomore punter Aaron Hummert is 10th in the nation in punting averaging 44.1 yards per game.
• Senior linebacker Jahmil Taylor is the most-experienced Ichabod returning.
• His streak of games started ended two weeks ago at Central Oklahoma with an ankle injury at 26 straight appearances. He has started 35 games while appearing in 41 overall.
• He has 276 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 276 career total tackles.
• He is also fourth in solo tackles (146) and 11th in assisted tackles (130).
• 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 46 tackles with 18 solo stops and also has a team-high 6.5 tackles for loss.
• He needs three tackles to reach 200 for his career.
• Senior offensive tackle Steve Dieckhaus has started the last 33 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 five 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 32 with 19 solo stops.
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 leads 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.
• Senior defensive end Corey Walker has played in 31 games starting the last 17 games.
• He has played on both offensive and defensive lines.
• Had had eight tackles for loss last season.
• He is third on the team lead with 5.5 tackles for loss and his 3.5 sacks is tied for the team lead.
What Can Brown Do for You
• Wide receiver Tyrell Brown is averaging 6.9 yards a carry this season and has 17 carries for 90 yards including a 53-yard run against Fort Hays State.
Something for a Fan to cheer about
• Junior wide receiver Mark Fancher leads the Ichabods in all purpose yards with 455 averaging 91 yards a game.
• He is fifth on the team in receiving with six catches for 97 yards and two touchdowns.
The Hay song
• Junior running back Hayden Groves is tied for the team lead with three touchdowns and has a team-high 22.1 yards per catch out of the backfield.
• He also leads the team with 256 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
• Junior Ryan Macken has started the last two games at linebacker and is second on the team with 32 tackles including a team-high 21 solo tackles.
• Junior wide receiver is second on the team with 15 catches for a team-high 223 receiving yards leading the squad with a 44.6 yards per game average.
True Freshmen In Uniform
• Jordan Hart and Cody Heiman each saw action as true freshman in the opening game against UNK and FHSU. Hart had two catches for 29 yards against Northeastern State.
• The Blue Tigers are 0-5 overall and in MIAA play this season.
• The Blue Tigers are averaging 284 yards a game while allowing 425 yards per contest.
• Through the air, Lincoln is averaging 194 yards a game with eight touchdown passes and on the ground the Blue Tigers are averaging 90.2 yards a game.
• Lincoln has been outscored 87 to 17 in the first quarter and 81 to 40 in the second quarter.
• Donald Malone is averaging 30.8 yards per game to lead Lincoln.
• Jacob Morris is 46 of 107 with five interceptions and four touchdowns averaging 98 yards a game passing.
• Maurice Woodard has 21 catches and four touchdowns averaging 64.8 yards a game receiving.
• O'Hara Fluellen leads the team with 32 tackles including 27 solo stops.
Series history with Lincoln
Series Record: WU leads 4-0
Streaks: Washburn has won the last four
First Meeting: WU 9-0 (9/30/1989) in Topeka
Last Meeting: WU 66-26 (9/10/2011) in Topeka
Last WU win: 66-26 (9/10/2011) in Topeka
Last LU win: n/a
Largest WU win: 63-21 (9/9/01) in Jefferson City
Largest LU win: n/a
Last meeting with Lincoln (9/8/2011)
TOPEKA, Kan. -- The No. 15-ranked Washburn Ichabods scored on their first play from scrimmage and never looked back as they set multiple first half scoring records in a 66-26 win over Lincoln in their season opener.
Justin Cooper scored on Washburn's first play rushing over the left side for a 66-yard run scamper putting WU on the board 16 seconds in the game. After taking over, on the fourth down play, the Blue Tigers had a bad snap on the punt holding Josh Blanton short of the first down marker giving the Ichabods possession at the Lincoln 27. Three plays later Cooper ran for his second touchdown from 3-yards out putting the Ichabods up 14-0 with 12:25 to go in the first quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff by the Ichabods, the Blue Tigers' Nick Daniels fumbled and Washburn took over at the Lincoln 34 setting up a 1-play, 34-yard drive with Sean McPherson adding to the Washburn lead putting the Ichabods up 21-0 with 12:11 to play in the opening quarter.
The Blue Tigers took over and four plays into their drive, Deon Brock fumbled a pass reception and Willie Williams caused the fumble and Devon Connors recovered at the Blue Tiger 19 yard line. McPherson picked up his second touchdown run of the night on a 24-yard carry stretching the Ichabod lead to 28-0, only 4:33 into the game.
After holding the Blue Tigers to a three-and-out, Washburn's Dane Simoneau hit Ronnell Garner on a 10-yard touchdown pass with 6:41 remaining in the first quarter. The Blue Tigers next drive resulted in a pickoff by Washburn's Adebayo Oladapo on the first play of the drive. Washburn took over at the Lincoln 18 and McPherson rushed for his second scoring run from 23 yards out putting Washburn up 42-0 with 6:26 to play in the opening quarter.
Washburn wrapped up the scoring in the first half on a 3-yard dive by Greg Schoenberg capping a 9-play drive putting Washburn up 49-0. The 49 points set an Ichabod record for the most points scored in a single quarter topping the 37 Washburn scored against New Mexico Highlands when they scored 37.
Lincoln scored their first points of the game on a Deon Brock 7-yard run with 13:07 to play in the first half. The two-point conversion failed.
The Ichabods added to their lead when Cooper rushed for his third score of the day - this time on a 41-yard run with freshman quarterback Mitch Buhler calling the plays as Simoneau came out of the game at the 13:02 mark of the second quarter. After
the teams traded drives, Washburn's Justin Salum put the Ichabods up 63-6 with 6:03 to play in the first half. The Ichabods held the Blue Tigers without a first down and Jeremy Linn connected on a 38-yard field goal with 2:13 to play in the half putting Washburn up 66-6 wrapping up the scoring for the Ichabods in the game. Washburn set a school record for most points in a single half topping the 61 they scored against New Mexico Highlands in 2009.
In the second half, the Blue Tigers outscored the Ichabods 20-0 as the Blue Tigers' Brock scored three touchdowns in the second half.
Cooper had 12 carries for 158 yards and three touchdowns averaging 13.2 yards per run. McPherson averaged 18.3 yards per carry on six carries with 110 and the three scores. Salum had 14 carries for 88 yards and one touchdown.
Simoneau finished the game 6 of 8 for 80 yards and one touchdown playing into the Ichabods first drive of the second quarter. Buhler finished 6 of 12 for 47 yards. Garner and Tore' Hurst each had two catches for 30 yards.
Brock led the Blue Tigers with 190 yards rushing on 30 carries and four touchdowns. Robert Redmond was 17 of 37 for 120 yards with two interceptions. Chris Willis had eight catches for 60 yards.
Defensively, Michael Hollins had 11 tackles with two tackles for loss and Marty Pfannenstiel had eight tackles with one for loss and his third interception of the season to lead the Ichabods.
Devin Mack had eight tackles along with Herman Hopson to lead Lincoln.
Washburn finished 465 yards of total offense with 286 coming in the first quarter.
Last time out for Lincoln (9/29/12)
EMPORIA, Kan. – Quarterback Lewis Larson connected with Maurice Woodard for a pair of touchdowns and Morris Henderson ran in two more scores, but the Lincoln football team fell at Emporia State, 37-26, on Saturday (Sept. 29). The Blue Tigers gave up just two touchdowns against the Hornets, but Emporia State broke an MIAA record by making seven field goals to secure the win.
Trailing 37-13, Lincoln mounted a late fourth quarter comeback, scoring two touchdowns in the span of 1:14. On third and five from the Lincoln 47, Larson threw a 30-yard dart to Woodard, who outran the ESU defensive backfield for a 53-yard touchdown reception.
An illegal block penalty on the ensuing kick return pinned Emporia State deep on its own side of the field, and the LU defense forced a three-and-out to get the ball back. An 18-yard reception by Woodard and an 11-yard designed keeper by Larson set up Henderson for a five-yard touchdown run, his second score of the afternoon.
The extra point was no good, leaving LU in an 11-point deficit. Following another three-and-out by the Lincoln defense, the Blue Tigers got the ball back with 59 seconds remaining in the game. The offense was unable to move the ball past the Emporia State 48, however, resulting in the final score of 37-26.
Emporia State built its lead largely on a strong 17-point first quarter, in which the Hornets scored on one-yard and 16-yard rushes by Derwin Hall and a field goal by Derek Jonas. It was the first of two field goals by Jonas. Eli Kuhns later made four field goals and Zane Guadagnolo made another, giving ESU seven field goals in total. That broke the MIAA record of six in a game previously set by Central Missouri against Southeast Missouri State on Nov. 2, 1985.
The Blue Tigers got on the scoreboard in the second quarter thanks in part to a special teams miscue by Emporia State. After the LU defense forced a three and out deep in ESU territory, Emporia State's punter, Jonas, shanked a kick out of his own end zone. The 15-yard punt gave Lincoln great field position, with the Blue Tigers taking over on the ESU 20 yard line. Two plays later, Larson found Woodard down the middle for an 18-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was blocked, making the score 20-6.
ESU responded to the Lincoln score with a long kickoff return, leading to the first of Kuhns' field goals. The Blue Tigers were forced to punt out of their own end zone on the next drive, and the Hornets blocked the kick for a safety. That gave ESU the ball back, and the Hornets drove for another Kuhns field goal to enter halftime with a 28-6 lead.
The second half began well for the Blue Tigers. Lincoln received the ball and took over on its own 12 yard line, but on the first play of the half Donald Malone found an opening and raced for 33 yards. Two plays later Malone moved Lincoln into ESU territory with a 14-yard run. The Hornet defense held tough after that, however, and Lincoln only gained one more yard before being forced to punt.
Emporia State drove down and kicked its fifth field goal of the game. On the ensuing kickoff, O'Hara Fluellen caught the ball, found a crease and started a footrace down the sideline, eventually stepping out on the ESU five-yard line. Two plays later, Henderson plowed through a group of defenders into the endzone, cutting the Hornet lead to 31-13.
Larson finished his day with 157 passing yards and two touchdowns. He also gained 43 yards rushing on 11 carries. Malone was the game's leading rusher, gaining 83 net yards on eight carries, while Henderson had 25 yards and two scores on eight touches.
Woodard secured his second-straight 100-yard receiving day, finishing the game with six receptions for 108 yards and two touchdowns. Last week, Woodard caught three passes for 151 yards and a score in a loss at Pittsburg State. Fluellen also had 108 yards on two kick returns, while Byron Williams added 79 more yards on six kick returns.
Defensively, Fluellen led Lincoln with 13 tackles, including 12 unassisted, and added three pass break-ups. Johnny Beautelus added 10 tackles, including eight solo and two for loss. Khalif Stanten and James Jackson each added sacks while Lincoln as a team finished with nine tackles for a combined loss of 21 yards. Jon Manning helped the field position cause with seven punts for 211 yards, an average of 30.1 yards per kick, including a long of 43. On three of those punts, Manning pinned the Hornets inside their own 20.
Hall was the Hornets' leading rusher, gaining 60 net yards and both of ESU's touchdowns. Quarterback Tyler Eckenrode threw for 197 yards and ran for 52 more while Shjuan Richardson was the Hornets' leading receiver with seven catches for 66 yards. Jordan Sanders had nine tackles while Kadeem Satchell had seven.
The Hornets outgained the Blue Tigers in total yardage, 419-339, and won the time of possession battle by holding the ball for 33:33 compared to 26:27 for Lincoln. The Hornets passed for 239 yards compared to 166 for Lincoln, but the rushing totals were much closer, with ESU holding a slight 180-173 edge. Lincoln entered the game with the second-best turnover margin in the league, but lost that battle on Saturday, yielding two interceptions while the Hornets were turnover-free.
With the win, the Hornets improved to 5-0 on the season 5-0 in the MIAA. Lincoln fell to 0-5 on the year and 0-5 in conference play.
Last time out for Washburn (9/29/12)
TOPEKA, Kan. -- The Washburn Ichabods held Southwest Baptist to 145 total yards including just 17 yards in the second half in a 42-14 win over the Bearcats. Washburn returns to action at Lincoln on Oct. 6 in Jefferson City. In the second frame, the Bearcats ran 20 plays for -10 yards while gaining 27 yards on 12 plays in the fourth quarter.
Washburn (4-1, 4-1 MIAA) scored first after the teams traded punts to start the game. Mitch Buhler hit Tore' Hurst on a 13-yard passing play to put the Ichabods on the board with 10:18 to play in the first quarter. The Bearcats (1-4, 1-4 MIAA) took advantage of an Ichabod turnover on a punt return and set up shop on the Ichabod 22. Five plays later Southwest Baptist's Dan Connors connected with Just Duhaney for a 9-yard touchdown pass knotting the score with 6:13 to play in the first.
Washburn took the lead for good with a Hayden Groves 3-yard run with 13:39 to play in the first half as he wrapped up a 9-play, 58-yard drive putting the Ichabods infront 14-7. Washburn extended its lead on their next possession when Joel Piper hit Hurst on an 8-yard touchdown pass with 9:45 to play in the half.
After a three-and-out by the Bearcats, Piper hit a streaking Jordan Hart down the sideline for a 47-yard touchdown connection stretching the Ichabod lead to 28-7 midway through the first half as the Ichabods took a three touchdown lead into the break.
Neither team scored in the third quarter as both team struggled offensively. The Ichabods held SBU to the -10 yards of offense while the Ichabods had 22 plays for 50 yards going a combined 0 for 7 on third and fourth down conversion opportunities.
After a tipped punt from the SBU end zone, Washburn took over at their own 15 and Kameron Stewart had four straight carries finishing it off with a 2-yard run putting Washburn up 35-7 with 12:51 to play in the game.
SBU came back with a scoring drive on its next possession to score on an MJ Swortwood rush cutting the Ichabod lead to 35-14 with 10:21 to play.
After more punts, Washburn regained possession and Piper hit Connor Crimmins on a 19-yard touchdown pass with 1:35 remaining to put the Ichabods up 42-14 to finish off the scoring as the Ichabods picked up their sixth-straight win over SBU.
Stewart became the first Ichabod to go over the 100-yard mark in a game this season rushing for 104 yards on 20 carries and the lone score. At quarterback, Piper was 7 of 12 for 128 yards and three touchdown passes. Hurst led the Ichabods with four catches for 37 yards and two scores.
Washburn football history
Washburn is 514-551-44 (.482) in the 122nd year of Ichabod football.
A win for Washburn over Lincoln would . . .
• 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 Bearcats.
A loss for Washburn to Lincoln would . . .
• drop the Ichabods to 514-552-44 in its football history.
• snap a four-game winning streak over Lincoln.
• drop the Ichabods to 4-1 all-time against the Blue Tigers.
Southwest Baptist leftovers . . . the win . . .
• lifted the Ichabods to 514-551-44 in its football history.
• made the Ichabods 15-5 all-time against Southwest Baptist.
• improved the Ichabods 8-2 in games played in Topeka.
• was the sixth-straight win against the Bearcats.
• was the Ichabods first win over Southwest Baptist since a Nov. 10, 2007 victory in the last meeting between the two schools.
• Washburn is now 7-11-1 all-time on Sept. 29.
• Washburn is 7-9 in games played on Oct. 6
• The Ichabods are now 3-0 as the No. 20-ranked team in the country in the AFCA Top 25 coaches poll after the win over Southwest Baptist.
• Jake Cervantes' two tackles for loss against Southwest Baptist was a career-high.
• Connor Crimmins grabbed his first career touchdown against Southwest Baptist.
• Alex Dowty had a career-high six tackles against SBU including higs of 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss against the Bearcats.
• Tyler Ewy had a career-high four tackles against SBU including a sack.
• Aaron Hummert's seven punts were the most he has attempted in a game at Washburn as were his 333 total punting yards.
Ichabods in the national polls
The Washburn Ichabods remained at No. 20 in the latest AFCA top 25 coaches poll which was released today. The Ichabods have been ranked in the top 25 in the last 18 polls and have received votes in 44 of the last 45 coaches polls.
Washburn returns home to face Truman State on Oct. 13 in the last match up between the two schools as MIAA opponents as the Bulldogs are leaving the conference at the end of the 2012-13 school year to join the Great Lakes Conference.