TOPEKA, Kan. -- The No. 10-ranked Washburn Ichabods trailed for the first time at the half, but rallied in the second half for a 44-35 Homecoming win over Lindenwood to improve to 8-0 for the first time since 1907. Washburn will be at No. 2 Northwest Missouri on Nov. 2 in the MIAA TV Game of the Week.
After forcing a Lion punt, the Ichabods, Washburn needed only five plays as Mitch Buhler hit Vershon Moore for a 7-yd touchdown pass putting the Ichabods up 7-0. It was the first of five touchdown passes on the day for Buhler.
The Lions wasted little time in tying the score as they used a 12-play, 75-yd drive knotting the score at 7-7 on their next possession when Marvin Byrd scored from 3-yards out. After the Ichabods turned it over on downs, Lindenwood took the lead with Byrd's second touchdown run of the day before the end of the half.
The teams traded the next eight drives and the Ichabods took advantage of a fumbled punt return at the Lion 10 and Cody Heiman scored the first of his two touchdowns of the day on the ground with 2:32 left in the first half tying the score at 14. But the Lions would go up 21-14 after a Dillon Miller to Alex Robinson touchdown pass from 16-yards out.
The Ichabods did drive for a field goal before the end of the half when Justin Linn hit from 34 yards out cutting the Lion lead to 21-17 at the break.
In the third quarter, the Ichabods had the ball for 11:30 out of the 15 minutes. Washburn took the lead on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Buhler to Tore' Hurst with 7:26 to play putting Washburn up 24-21. But a 95-yard kickoff return by Tre' Roby put the Lions back up in front 28-24.
Washburn used a 13-play, 80-yard drive to regain the lead at 31-28 when Buhler connected with Matt Kobbeman for a 15-yard touchdown pass putting Washburn up for good.
With 12:40 left in the game Buhler hit his brother Matt Buhler in the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown pass stretching the lead to 37-28, however the Lions came right back with a score by Sam Sealer from Dillon MIller trimming the Ichabod lead back to 37-35.
The Ichabods came up short on a fourth-down conversion and the Lions took over, but went for it on fourth down from their own 15 and the pass was incomplete. Washburn then needed three plays to go up 44-35 to wrap up the scoring when Buhler hit Hurst for his second touchdown reception of the game with 3:34 left.
After allowing 245 yards in the first half, the Ichabod defense allowed only 108 yards in the second half with only eight in the third quarter on six plays. Calvin Kenney led the Ichabdos with seven tackles and Ryan Macken had six tackles as did Bryce Atagi. Atagi added an interception in the endzone ending a Lion drive as well as two tackles for loss. Cameron Jackson had five tackles with two sacks for 18 yards and 3.5 tackles for loss for 23 yards.
Heiman led the Ichabods on the ground with 20 carries for 84 yards and a socre. Buhler finished 25 of 39 with a career-high five touchdowns passes for 277 yards. DeJuan Beard returned to the line up with five catches for 69 yards. Hurst had five catches for 30 yards and two scores.