The No. 18 Washburn Ichabods will travel to St. Charles, Mo., for the first-ever meeting with the Lindenwood Lions. Washburn is coming off a 35-24 win over Truman improving to 6-1 on the season while the Lions return home after dropping a 13-0 decision at Emporia State falling to 5-2 overall and 4-2 in MIAA play. Saturday's game will be Homecoming for the Lions.
Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 20 at 1:30 p.m.
Location: St. Charles, Mo. (Hunter Stadium)
Internet: through America One Network online
Radio: AM 580 WIBW and online at wusports.com
Series: First meeting
Series Notes: Will be the first meeting between the two schools
(6-1, 6-1 MIAA)
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Game story lines
• The game will be Washburn's first trip to face the Lions.
• The game will be Washburn's first game in the St. Louis area since a 28-0 loss to Washington (Mo.) on Oct. 8, 1948.
• Lindenwood is playing its first year as a member of the MIAA. The Lions are not eligible for the NCAA postseason this season.
• Washburn wrapped up its sixth win of the season against Truman securring its eighth-straight year the team has recorded a winning season - a first for Washburn in the program's history.
Washburn head football coach Craig Schurig . . .
• Named head coach of the Ichabod football program Dec. 28, 2001.
• Is 78-45 (.602) in his 11th season as the Ichabod head coach.
• Is 61-35 (.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 78 wins.
• Has never faced Lindenwood.
Lindenwood head coach Patrick Ross . . .
• Is 93-31 overall in his 11th season as a head coach.
• Is 79-24 in his ninth season at Lindenwood.
• Was 14-7 at Ottawa prior to moving to Lindenwood for the 2004 season.
• He won three Heart of America Championships at Lindenwood.
• Coached the Lions to five NAIA national playoff appearances reaching the championship game in 2009.
• Under head coach Craig Schurig, the Ichabods are 56-11 when leading at the end of the first quarter.
• Washburn is 55-12 when they score the first points of the ball game.
• The Ichabods are 31-16 in October action under head coach Craig Schurig.
• The Ichabods are 25 of 29 in the redzone this season scoring 21 touchdowns while kicking four field goals.
• Defensively the Ichabods are allowing opponents to score on 18 of 23 trips into the redzone allowing 14 touchdowns.
• Washburn had been above a 50 percent third down conversion rate in the first two games, but during the last five, the Ichabods have gone 7 of 19 against Northeastern, 7 of 18 against Central Oklahoma, 4 of 15 against Southwest Baptist, a season-low 1 of 9 on third downs against Lincoln and they were 7 of 19 against Truman.
• Washburn is 32-2 when they have over 200 yards rushing.
• Washburn is ranked No. 2 in the nation in pass efficiency defense.
• Washburn is 15th in the nation in net punting at 37.7 yards per attempt.
• The Ichabods are the No. 25-ranked team in the nation and first in the MIAA in pass defense allowing 181 yards a game.
• Sophomore punter Aaron Hummert is eighth in the nation in punting averaging 43.5 yards per punt.
• Senior linebacker Jahmil Taylor is the most-experienced Ichabod returning.
• His streak of games started ended at Central Oklahoma with an ankle injury at 26 straight appearances. He has started 36 games while appearing in 44 overall.
• He has 288 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 288 career total tackles.
• He is also fourth in solo tackles (151) and 11th in assisted tackles (137).
• Junior inside linebacker Bryce Atagi finished third last season with 101 tackles.
• He has started the last 19 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.
• He leads the team with 67 tackles with 22 solo stops and also is second on the team with 8.0 tackles for loss.
• He became the 20th Ichabod to reach at least 200 tackles in a career against Lincoln.
• Senior offensive tackle Steve Dieckhaus has started the last 35 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 seven 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 second on the team with 48 with 28 solo stops.
• He recorded his first career interception against Lincoln and returned one for a touchdown against Truman last time out.
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 21 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 23 receptions and recorded his first touchdown reception of the season against Northeastern State and caught two more against Southwest Baptist.
• He has 1,082 career receiving yards with 17 touchdowns and 76 career catches.
• His 17 receiving touchdowns is tied for sixth on the all-time Washburn chart.
• His six receptions against Truman last time out was a career-high.
• Senior defensive end Corey Walker has played in 33 games starting the last 19 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 is second on the team with 620 all-purpose yards averaging 88.6 yards a game.
• He is tied for second on the team with four touchdown receptions.
• His 69-yard reception against Truman was a career-long.
The Hay song
• Junior running back Hayden Groves leads the team with five rushing touchdowns while averaging 15.8 yards per catch out of the backfield.
• He also leads the team with 463 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the ground.
• He had a career-high 162 against Truman last time out.
• Junior Ryan Macken has started three of the llast four games at linebacker and is third on the team with 47 tackles including 26 solo tackles.
• Junior wide receiver Matt Kobbeman leads the team with 25 catches for a team-high 378 receiving yards leading the squad with a 54.0 yards per game average.
• His four receiving TD's is tied for the team-lead.
• Lindenwood is 5-2 this season and 4-2 in the MIAA.
• Lindenwood is playing its first home game since a Sept. 28 win over Nebraska-Kearney.
• The Lions' other loss this season came to Central Missouri in a 35-28 defeat.
• Saturday is homecoming for the Lions.
• The Lions are scoring 29.9 ppg while allowing 22.7 ppg.
• The Lions have the No. 1 passing offensive unit in the MIAA at 316.9 yards per game and will be going against the No. 1 passing defensive team in the MIAA in the Ichabods' defensive unit who allows 180.3 yards a game.
• Denodus O'Bryan leads the team with 75.1 yards per game rushing.
• Quarterback Ben Gomez, who missed the Lions' last game at Emporia State, is passing for 282 yards a game with 14 touchdowns completing 61 percent of his passes with six interceptions.
• Andrew Helmick leads the team with 96.4 yards a game receiving with a team-high six touchdowns.
• Connor Harris leads the team with 69 tackels with 39 solo stops.
• Former Ichabod Pierre Desir leads the MIAA with six interceptions and 11 passes defedned.
Series history with Lindenwood
Series Record: First meeting
First Meeting: n/a
Last Meeting: n/a
Last WU win: n/a
Last LU win: n/a
Largest WU win: n/a
Largest LU win: n/a
Last time out for Lindenwood (10/13/12)
EMPORIA, Kan. -- Playing its first nationally-ranked NCAA Division II opponent without its starting quarterback proved to be too much for the Lindenwood football team. The Lions had a season-low in total offense as they fell to No. 21 Emporia State by a 13-0 score.
Lindenwood had two of its best drives of the game to start the contest but it was unable to score any points. Both drives stalled around the Emporia State 30-yard line as the Lions turned the ball over downs and a missed a long field goal attempt.
The game remained scoreless until early in the second quarter when Emporia State kicked a 32-yard field goal. That 3-0 score remained until halftime thanks to Lindenwood's defense. With 4:37 left in the second quarter, Emporia State intercepted a Lions pass at Lindenwood's eight-yard line. The Hornets did not score though as Lindenwood made them turn it over on downs. After the Lions went three-and-out, Emporia State marched into the red zone again, but this time Lindenwood's Brock Reed intercepted a pass in the endzone to end the threat.
In the second half, Lindenwood's defense continued to keep the game close. The only points Emporia State managed was a field goal in the third quarter and a touchdown off a short field early in the fourth quarter.
The Lions had one final chance to get back into the game after a long Nate Orlando kickoff return gave Lindenwood the field position advantage for much of the fourth quarter. The Lions eventually had first-and-goal from the four-yard line midway through the quarter, but on third down Emporia State intercepted a pass and ended Lindenwood's hope of another fourth-quarter comeback.
Lindenwood finished the day with 282 yards of total offense, with 73 rushing yards and 209 passing yards. The Lions completed just 38.5 percent of their passes and threw four interceptions. The defense held Emporia State and the MIAA's top passing quarterback to 257 passing yards and 387 total offensive yards. Lindenwood forced two turnovers and had three sacks.
Brock Reed had a team-high 15 tackles to go along with his interception. Connor Harris had 11 tackles, two tackles for loss, and a sack. Sean Gracy and Joe Day each had two tackles for a loss and a sack. Gracy also forced a fumble and Chaz Fulton had a fumble recovery.
Denodus O'Bryant led the offense with 79 rushing yards as he averaged nearly five yards a carry. Andrew Helmick was the leading receiver with four catches for 62 yards.
Last time out for Washburn (10/13/12)
TOPEKA, Kan. -- The Washburn Ichabods held off a pair of lightning delays totalling 123 minutes in a 35-24 over the Truman Bulldogs. Washburn (6-1, 6-1 MIAA) returns to action next weekend at Lindenwood.
The Ichabods scored on its opening drive of the game after electing to receive the opening kickoff and marched 75 yards in 11 plays as Mitch Buhler hit Ryan Mertz in the back of the end zone for a 7-0 lead just 3:46 into the game. Prior to scoring their touchdown, there was a 41-minute lightning delay sending everyone off the field and out of the stands in Yager Stadium.
Neither team would score again until Truman's Derek Koon kicked a 27-yard field goal with 7:07 to play in the first half to cut the Ichabods' lead to 7-3. After a three-and-out by the Ichabods, Truman took over, but on its third play of the drive, Washburn's Willie Williams picked off Conrad Schottel and returned it 43 yards for a touchdown and a 14-3 lead with 5:03 to play in the first half.
Truman (4-3, 3-3 MIAA) came right back with a 4-play drive as Garrett White scored from one yard out trimming Washburn's lead to 14-10 with 3:47 remaining in the half to wrap up the scoring in the frame.
After halftime, both teams were kept in their locker rooms with an 81 minute lightning delay prior to starting the second half. Truman received the second half kickoff but were forced to punt and Washburn's Hayden Groves scored from 12 yards out with 7:36 remaining in the third quarter pushing Washburn's lead to 21-10.
After a punt by the Bulldogs, Buhler hit Mark Fancher for a 69-yard touchdown pass and a 28-10 lead over Truman with 6:55 to play in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, White scored on a touchdown for the Bulldogs trimming the Ichabods' lead to 28-17after a 1-yard run. Washburn's next drive would stall as the Bulldogs would take over at their own 26, however Schottel threw another pick-six as Devon Connors returned his pass 36 yards for a score with 6:35 to play in the game staking Washburn to a 35-17 lead.
The Bulldogs wrapped up the scoring with 2:54 to play when Schottel scored from 1-yard out capping a 54-yard drive. Their ensuing kickoff went out of bounds and Washburn took over and ran out the clock sealing the win.
Groves led the Ichabods with 162 rushing yards on 31 carries and the one score for the Ichabods and Buhler finished 19 of 33 for 249 yards and two touchdown passes. Matt Kobbeman had six catches for 69 yards and Tore' Hurst had six catches for 62 yards.
Defensively, the Ichabods were led by Bryce Atagi who had 13 tackles with four solo stops and also had one of Washburn's four interceptions joining Williams, Connors and Jaime Myers. Jahmil Taylor had nine tackles.
Washburn finished with 455 total yards while holding the Bulldogs to 326 and recorded 22 first downs.
Washburn football history
Washburn is 516-551-44 (.482) in the 122nd year of Ichabod football.
A win for Washburn over Lindenwood would . . .
• lift the Ichabods to 517-551-44 in its football history.
• make the Ichabods 1-0 all-time against Lindenwood.
• give the Ichabods their seventh win of the season.
• be the fourth-straight win.
A loss for Washburn to Truman would . . .
• drop the Ichabods to 516-552-44 in its football history.
• drop the Ichabods to 0-1 against Lindenwood.
• snap the Ichabods' current three-game winning streak.
Truman leftovers . . . the win . . .
• lifted the Ichabods to 516-551-44 in its football history.
• made the Ichabods 18-12 all-time against Truman.
• was the Ichabods' sixth-straight win over Truman.
• made the Ichabods 7-9 in Topeka.
• gave the Ichabods their sixth win of the season locking up a winning season for the eighth-straight year - a first for Washburn.
• Washburn is 7-5-1 in games played on Oct. 20.
• Brad Gourley had a career-high three catches for 32 against against Truman last time out.
• Not only were Hayden Groves 162 rushing yards a career-high against Truman, but so were the 31 carries and the 164 all-purpose yards.
• Tore' Hurst's six catches against Truman was a career high.
• Jeremy Linn had a career-high two tackles against Truman.
• Bryce Atagi had his third career interception against Truman.
• The 81 receiving yards by Mark Fancher was a career-high - all on two catches including a 69-yard touchdown reception.
Ichabods in the national polls
WACO, Texas -- The Washburn Ichabods climbed one spot to No. 18 in the latest AFCA top 25 coaches poll which was released on Oct. 15. The Ichabods have been ranked in the top 25 in the last 20 polls and have received votes in 46 of the last 47 coaches polls.
The Ichabods will return home to face Northwest Missouri on Oct. 27 for homecoming festivities. and then will travel to face Missouri Western on Nov. 3 before wrapping up the regular season with Emporia State on Nov. 10 in Topeka.