No. 15 Washburn Ichabods Open 3-Game Homestand With Lincoln

By: WU, posted by Kinch O'Kelley
By: WU, posted by Kinch O'Kelley

First and 10
• The No. 15-ranked Washburn Ichabods will look to improve to 6-0 overall and in MIAA play when they will play host to Lincoln in the first game of a three-game homestand beginning on Oct. 12 in Yager Stadium.
• It will be the final time the two teams will hook up in MIAA play as the Blue Tigers are leaving the conference in football only joining the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
• Washburn topped Southwest Baptist last time out 44-21 in Bolivar.
• Lincoln fell to No. 24-ranked Emporia State last time out 52-14.
• The Ichabods have won all five meetings with the Blue Tigers are have gone 3-0 in games played in Topeka winning 9-0 in 1989, 31-20 in 2001 and 66-26 in 2011.
• The largest Washburn win in the series came on Sept. 9, 2001 in a 63-21 win in Jefferson City.

Numbers to know
• 12 - The number of interceptions the Ichabods have this season which is tied for the lead in the NCAA Division II rankings.
• 5 - The number of games in a row the Ichabods have won over the Blue Tigers.
• 16 - The number of Ichabod scoring drives this season which have been under five plays.
• 35 - The number of Ichabod scoring drives this season.
• 13 - The number of rushing yards the Ichabod defense held Southwest Baptist to last time out.
• 3 of 3 - The Ichabods' success rate on fourth downs against Southwest Baptist.
• 261:11 - The amount of time in minutes and seconds of 300:00 the Ichabods have been in the lead in games this season -- 87 percent.
• 26:28 - The amount of time in minutes and seconds of 300:00 the Ichabods have been tied in games this season -- 8 percent.
• 12:21 - The amount of time in minutes and seconds of 300:00 the Ichabods have trailed in games this season -- 5 percent.
• 14.6 - The number of points the Ichabods are allowing this season which leads the MIAA.
• 45.6 - The number of points per game the Blue Tigers are allowing this season, which is 13th in the MIAA.
• 45.6 - The number of points per game the Blue Tigers are allowing this season, which is 13th in the MIAA.
• 567.6 - The number of yards the Lincoln defense is allowing per game this season, which is 14th in the MIAA.
• 293.8 - The number of rushing yards the Lincoln defense is allowing per game this season, which is 14th in the MIAA.
• 5 for 5 - Lincoln's stats in field goals this season, which leads the MIAA.

Ichabod head coach Craig Schurig . . .
• was named head coach of the Ichabod football program Dec. 28, 2001.
• is 84-48 (.602) in his 12th season as the Ichabod head coach.
• is 67-38 (.630) 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 nine-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 during the 2011 season.
• is Washburn's all-time winningest coach with 83 wins.
• is 2-0 against Lincoln.

Blue Tigers head coach Mike Jones . . .
• is in his third season with the Blue Tigers.
• has gone 3-24 at Lincoln.
• a 1991 graduate of Missouri, Jones spent 12 seasons as a professional football player and is well known in Missouri for making "The Tackle" that stopped the Tennessee Titan's wide receiver Kevin Dyson on the one yard line to preserve the St. Louis Rams' victory in Super Bowl XXXIV.
• Jones was also the head coach at Hazelwood East High in St. Louis, leading the team to a state title in 2008.
• is 0-2 against Washburn.

On offense
• Senior tight end Tore' Hurst has started the last 31 games playing in 40 games and he leads the team this season with 18 catches … he ranks fifth all-time at Washburn with 19 touchdown receptions while he is 12th in receiving yards with 1,597 and 10th in receptions with 109 on the Ichabod career chart … his 19 touchdown receptions is the most in school history by a tight end and tied for 15th overall.
• Junior quarterback Mitch Buhler has made 15 starts at Washburn passing for 3,233 career yards and 30 touchdowns … his 30 TD passes are eighth all-time at Washburn and his 221 career completions are ninth.
• Sophomore running back Sean McPherson has rushed for 905 yards in his career and leads the Ichabods with 169 yards rushing this season and two scores on the ground … he is out for this week's game with a knee injury.
• Junior DaJuan Beard has 10 catches for 112 yards and one score … against Northeastern State he went over the 1,500-yard plateau for career receiving yards and he needs two catches for 100 in his career … he is the 12th Ichabod to go over the 1,500-yard career receiving mark … he will be questionable this week with a thumb injury.
• Sophomore Jordan Hart leads the Ichabods with three touchdown receptions and 319 receiving yards … he has seven touchdown receptions in his career … he is questionable this week for the Ichabods.
• Senior center Kyle Duncan has started the last 29 games for the Ichabods on the offensive line while playing in 36 overall.
• Senior Matt Kobbeman became the 12th Ichabod to go over 100 receptions in his career … his 105 receptions is 11th all-time at Washburn … his 1,386 career receiving yards is 14th all-time for the Ichabods.
• Junior Vershon Moore went over the 2,000-yard mark for his career as he now has 2,131 rushing yards in 23 games … the yardage total is seventh all-time at Washburn … his 118.1 all-purpose yards per game is the top in school history.
• Junior Dylan Ready has played in 26 games on the offensive line and has started at left tackle, left guard and right tackle on the offensive line.
• Junior wide receiver Tyrell Brown is coming off a career-high game against Central Oklahoma … he had four catches for 117 yards and his first career touchdown at Washburn … for his career he has 11 catches for 250 yards and 25 rushes for 148 yards … he is questionable this week after suffering an injury at Southwest Baptist.

On defense
• Senior inside linebacker Bryce Atagi has started 31 career games playing in 41 overall … he is seventh all-time at Washburn with 305 total tackles … his 160 assisted tackles is fourth all-time and his 28.5 career tackles for loss is sixth all-time at Washburn … his two interception returns for touchdown is tied for second all-time at Washburn.
• Senior linebacker Willie Williams has started the last 28 games appearing in 40 overall and has recorded 185 tackles with 86 solo stops.
• Senior defensive end Adebayo Oladapo has started the last 16 games appearing in 33 overall recording 63 tackles with 12 for loss and six sacks while picking off three passes.
• Senior linebacker Ryan Macken has played in 29 games making nine starts tallying 111 tackles with 56 solo stops and 11 tackles for loss.
• Junior safety Calvin Kenney has played in 29 games making 24 starts tallying 117 tackles with 71 solo stops with three interceptions.
• Junior defensive tackle Alex Dowty is second on the Ichabods with 5.0 tackles for loss for 25 yards and 2.0 sacks for 12 yards.
• Senior Jake Cervantes has started 16 games on the defensive line and has recorded 73 tackles with 9.0 tackles for loss with four sacks for 25 yards … he also has one interception against Central Missouri as a sophomore.
• Senior Cameron Jackson has started 16 games on the defensive line and has 15 tackles for loss and 54 career tackles adding seven sacks … he leads the Ichabods this season with six tackles for loss for 21 yards and 2.5 sacks for 12 yards.
• Senior cornerback Devon Connors has 87 career tackles with 64 solo stops and five career interceptions …also has averaged 27.9 yards per kickoff return … has a interception return for a touchdown, a kickoff return for a touchdown and a punt return for a touchdown.

On special teams
• Senior wide receiver/kickoff return specialist Mark Fancher's 1,422 kickoff return yards is second all-time at Washburn and his 65 kickoff returns is third all-time … in 2012 he broke a 22-year old Washburn record with his 38 kickoff returns and 786 kickoff return yards.
• Redshirt freshman Justin Linn was named the MIAA special teams player of the week after the Nebraska-Kearney game after connecting on three field goals in three attempts including a 51-yard connection … the kick was one shy of the Washburn record … he is 8 of 12 on field goals this season hitting 4 of 4 beyond 40 yards.
• Junior Aaron Hummert has 113 punts for 4,656 yards averaging 41.2 yards per punt playing in 29 career games … his 41.2 career punting average is the best in school history … he has punted 16 times in 2013 … his career 41.2 yards per punt is third among active punters in the NCAA … he completed his first career pass at Washburn against Southwest Baptist for 32 yards and a first down on a fake punt to Willie Williams.
• Sophomore punt returner Jaime Myers returned his first career return for a touchdown against Northeastern State … for his career he has 37 returns for 300 yards and one touchdown averaging 12.0 yards per return this season.

Bods and ends . . .
Matt Buhler had his first touchdown reception against Southwest Baptist for 33 yards while adding another catch for five yards against SBU … Mitch Buhler rushed for his second career touchdown against SBU …Connor Crimmins caught his first third career touchdown and his second against SBU tying a career-high with three receptions for 45 yards while adding a career-high-tying two tackles on special teams - also against SBU from 2012 … Tore' Hurst's 111 receiving yards against SBU was a career-high … Cameron Jackson recorded a career-high two sacks and three tackles for loss against SBU … Mark Kolmer recorded his first rushing touchdown at Washburn against SBU and his nine carries for 34 yards were also career highs … Jaime Myers had a career-high 137 all-purpose yards against SBU … Jordan Nelson had a career-high six tackles against SBU … the fake punt reception by Willie Williams was his first catch as an Ichabod.

Know the foe
• Lincoln is 1-4 on the year, 0-4 in the MIAA with their win coming against NCAA FCS member Grambling State in front of 20,156 in Arrowhead Stadium.
• The Blue Tigers rank fifth in the MIAA in rushing offense with 213 yards per game and Morris Henderson is averaging 100.6 yards per game to rank fourth in the league individually.
• Henderson is third the MIAA in kick returns at 22.2 yards per return including a 100 yard return against Grambling.
• Henderson is second in the league in all-purpose yards with 210 per game.
• Jacob Morris is 88 of 165 passing with five touchdowns and six interceptions for 1,078 yards.
• Khirey Draine leads the team with 20 catches for 378 yards and four touchdowns averaging 75.6 yards per game.
• Kendrick Causey leads the defensive unit with 51 tackles including 17 solo stops and 34 assisted tackles.

Series history with Lincoln
Series Record: WU leads 5-0
Streaks: Washburn has won the last five
First Meeting: WU 9-0 (09/30/1989) in Topeka
Last Meeting: WU 51-18 (10/06/2012) in Topeka
Last WU win: 51-18 (10/06/2012) in Topeka
Last LU win: n/a
Largest WU win: 63-21 (09/09/2001) in Jefferson City
Largest LU win: n/a

Series Notes with Lincoln
• Washburn has won all five games played between the two schools.
• Washburn has outscored the Blue Tigers 220-85 in the five games.

Last meeting between Washburn and Lincoln (9/29/13)
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 took 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.

Last time out for Lincoln vs Emporia State (10/5/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - In a day that began with pouring rain, causing sloppy field conditions that led to 10 overall fumbles and six combined turnovers, it was Emporia State that ultimately prevailed, handing the Lincoln football team a 52-14 loss on Saturday (Oct. 5). The contest, which was Lincoln's annual Homecoming game, featured a big performance by Percy Turner, who came in as a reserve quarterback and led two scoring drives in the fourth quarter.
Emporia State had taken a 45-0 lead before a two-yard run from Turner put the Blue Tigers on the scoreboard. Turner, who took over as the signal caller after starting quarterback Jacob Morris left with a leg injury, led the team 77 yards down the field before faking a handoff to Morris Henderson and gaining the final two yards on a keeper.
Turner, who compiled 214 yards of total offense in the game, set up that score with three big plays, including a 61-yard scamper that moved Lincoln into Emporia State's side of the field. Turner later completed a 16-yard pass to Henderson and hit Khiry Draine for 19 yards, with the latter completion coming on fourth-and-10 at the ESU 21. Turner finished his day with nine completions for 67 yards.
The Hornets answered that drive with a score of their own, marching 75 yards in seven plays to add their final touchdown of the afternoon, leaving exactly three minutes on the clock. Lincoln needed just 1:19 to answer, though, as Turner drove the team back down the field in four plays, capped off by an 11-yard pass to Draine. This drive was again highlighted by a long run from Turner, as he started the drive off with a 69-yard keeper down to the Emporia State 14. Turner and Henderson each gained three yards on carries before Turner found Draine for the score.
Lincoln had two other chances to get on the scoreboard in the third quarter, but both drives ended in turnovers. On the first, LU advanced the ball inside the red zone, but an interception ended the threat. Two Lincoln drives later, the Blue Tigers made it to the ESU 23, but a pick in the end zone kept the Blue Tigers scoreless. Due in part to the rain and the muddy field, ball control was an issue for both teams, as the two programs combined for 10 fumbles (losing three) and three interceptions.
Turner finished with 135 rushing yards and 12 receiving yards. Henderson, who entered the game second in the MIAA and fifth in the nation in all-purpose yardage, posted his ninth-straight game with over 100 all-purpose yards. Henderson rushed for 42 of those yards, gained 38 more on four receptions and returned six kickoffs for 57 yards to finish with 137 on the afternoon.
Maurice Woodard led Lincoln with five receptions, good for 33 yards, while Draine finished with a pair of catches and the score. Andre Borney also caught four passes for 24 yards. Other notable offensive performances by the Blue Tigers included Morris completing nine passes for 74 yards and Isam Pegues picking up 29 yards on seven carries.
Kendrick Causey, who entered the game third in the MIAA in tackles, posted a team-best nine on Saturday, including eight solo. Markuice Savage was next with six tackles a pass break-up while Tevin Brock tallied five tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Garrett Carrillo, Darius Ford and Darryl Blackmon each added four takedowns, with Carrillo and Ford both posting tackles for loss, and Brian Smith contributed two pass break-ups as well as three tackles.

Last time out for Washburn at Southwest Baptist (10/5/13)
BOLIVAR, Mo. -- The No.15 Washburn Ichabods improved to 5-0 on the season pounding out nearly 500 yards of offense and a stiff defense win in a 44-21 win at Southwest Baptist.
Washburn led from start to finish scoring on their first drive when Mitch Buhler connected with Connor Crimmins on a 10-yard touchdown pass with 11:22 left in the first quarter. Washburn's Aaron Hummert hitWillie Williams on a fake punt for 32 yards keeping the drive alive.
Washburn forced a punt on the next SBU possession and Cody Heiman, who moved from linebacker to running back and had three days of practice on offense, scored the first of two touchdowns on the day as he would finish with a game-high 132 yards on 26 carries while averaging 5.1 yards per carry. His score put the Ichabods up 14-0 after the PAT.
SBU got on the board after Johnathan Drury picked off a Buhler pass and returned it 26 yards for a score.
Washburn came right back with a 11-play, 81-yard drive of their own as Buhler capped the drive with a 1-yard run with 3:44 to play in the first half as the Ichabods took a 21-7 lead into the half.
SBU scored the first points of the second half after taking advantage of a fumble on a punt return and cut the lead to seven at 21-14 with 11:15 to play in the third quarter.
Jaime Myers returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards to the SBU 2-yard line, but Washburn could not score but settled for a 27-yard field goal by Justin Linn with 10:07 left in the third.
SBU turned the ball over on downs after driving to the Ichabods' 25-yard line and then Washburn's pushed the lead to 31-14 after a Heiman 1-yard run with 3:39 to play in the third quarter.
The Ichabods added to their lead when Mitch Buhler hit brother Matt Buhler for a 33-yard strike with 9:49 to play in the game stretching the lead to 38-14. SBU would score once more cutting the lead to 38-21.
Mark Kolmer wrapped up the scoring with a 12-yard rush with 3:18 left finalizing the score at 44-21 in Washburn's last trip to Bolivar playing as the Bearcats are leaving the MIAA for the Great Lakes Valley Conference in football only at the end of the season.
Heiman led all rushers with 132 yards and two scores while Kolmer had 34 yards on nine carries. Mitch Buhler was 14 of 26 for 261 yards and two scores. Tore' Hurst had five catches for 111 yards to led the Ichabod receivers.
Defensively, the Ichabods were led by Isaac Wright who had nine tackles. Washburn had three sacks for 18 yards as Cameron Jackson had two for Washburn and also recording three tackles for loss for 13 yards.
The Ichabods finished with 489 yards on 71 plays while the Bearcats were limited to 243 yards on 62 plays. Washburn had 21 first downs compared to 13 for SBU. The Ichabods also had 44 carries for 196 yards while the Ichabod defense held the Bearcats to 13 yards on 24 carries.

Washburn's over Southwest Baptist . . .
• lifted the Ichabods to 522-554-44 in their football history.
• was the seventh in a row for the Ichabods over the Bearcats.
• gave the Ichabods a 16-5 all-time series lead in the series.
• improved the Ichabods to 5-0 in the MIAA for the first time since the 2011 season and for only the third time in school history …Washburn started the 2005 season, the year they won the MIAA Championship, 7-0 before losing the regular season finale to Missouri Western.

Washburn football history
Washburn is 522-554-44 (.480) in the 123rd year of Ichabod football.

A win for Washburn over the Blue Tigers would . . .
• lift the Ichabods to 523-554-44 in their football history.
• be the sixth in a row for the Ichabods over the Blue Tigers.
• give the Ichabods a 6-0 all-time series lead in the series.
• improve the Ichabods to 6-0 in the MIAA for the first time since the 2011 season and for only the third time in school history …Washburn started the 2005 season, the year they won the MIAA Championship, 7-0 before losing the regular season finale to Missouri Western.

A loss for Washburn to the Blue Tigers would . . .
• drop the Ichabods to 522-555-44 in their football history.
• drop the Ichabods to 5-1 all-time against the Blue Tigers.
• be the Blue Tigers' first win over the Ichabods.
• snap the Ichabods' five-game winning streak over Blue Tigers.

Ichabods in the national polls
WACO, Texas -- The Washburn Ichabod remained at No. 15 in the latest American Football Coaches Association top 25 poll which was released Monday as the top 17 teams in the ranking stayed the same as last week's. Among other MIAA schools, Northwest Missouri is ranked No. 3 while Missouri Western is ranked sixth, Pittsburg State is ranked 10th and Emporia State is ranked 23rd.
Under head coach Craig Schurig, the Ichabods have been ranked or have received votes in the AFCA poll 46 times.

Up next
The Ichabods continue a three-game homestand on Oct. 12 facing Fort Valley State from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference on Oct. 17 in a Thursday night contest. Washburn will then take on Lindenwood returning to MIAA play on Oct. 26 as part of Washburn's Homecoming Weekend.

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