#8 Ichabods Travel To Face #2 Bearcats In Battle Of MIAA Unbeatens

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

First and 10
• The No. 8-ranked Washburn Ichabods will face the No. 2-ranked Northwest Missouri Bearcats in the a battle of 8-0 teams who both stand 7-0 in the MIAA race.
• Washburn is coming off a 44-35 win over Lindenwood on the Ichabod homecoming while the Bearcats topped Missouri Southern 43-7 on their homecoming.
• The Ichabods have the No. 2 scoring offense in the MIAA at 46.9 ppg while the Bearcats average 44.2 ppg, which is tied for third.
• On the defensive side of the ball, the Bearcats are allowing only 14.1 ppg while the Ichabods are giving up 14.4 ppg.
• The 35 points scored by Lindenwood against Washburn was a season-high by an opponent. The previous high was 21 by Southwest Baptist.
• Northwest Missouri leads the all-time series 27-6 and has won the last eight.
• Washburn's last win was a 31-28 victory at Northwest Missouri on Oct. 8, 2005.
• Six of the last eight meetings have been decided by 10 points or less in the series.
• The Ichabods are 3-16 against teams ranked in the top 10 … Washburn's last win over a top 10 team was at No. 2 Pittsburg State on Nov. 5, 2011 in a 43-25 win.

Numbers to know
• 7 - The number of teams who enter this week 8-0.
• 17 - The number of interceptions the Ichabods have this season which is second the NCAA Division II rankings.
• 23 - The Washburn single-season record for interceptions.
• 30 - The number of Ichabod scoring drives this season which have been under five plays.
• 57 - The number of Ichabod scoring drives this season.
• 404:27 - The amount of time in minutes and seconds of 480:00 the Ichabods have been in the lead in games this season -- 85 percent.
• 43:07 - The amount of time in minutes and seconds of 480:00 the Ichabods have been tied in games this season -- 9 percent.
• 32:26 - The amount of time in minutes and seconds of 480:00 the Ichabods have trailed in games this season -- 6 percent.
• 14.4 - The number of points the Ichabods are allowing this season which leads the MIAA.
• 46.9 - The number of points the Ichabods are scoring this season which is second in the MIAA.
• 301.9 - The number of yards the Ichabods are giving up this season, which is second in the MIAA.
• 80.1 - The number of rushing yards the Ichabods are giving up per game, which leads the MIAA.
• 26 - The number of takeaways the Ichabods have recorded this season which is second in the nation.
• 82-14 - The points the Ichabods have been scored compared to their opponents in the first quarter.
• 185-48 - The points the Ichabods have been scored compared to their opponents in the first half.
• 79-5 - Washburn's record under head coach Craig Schurig when leading after three quarters.
• 15-0 - Washburn's record under head coach Craig Schurig when the Ichabods score at least 50 points.

Ichabod head coach Craig Schurig . . .
• was named head coach of the Ichabod football program Dec. 28, 2001.
• is 87-48 (.602) in his 12th season as the Ichabod head coach.
• is 69-38 (.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 ten-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 87 wins.
• is 1-11 against Northwest Missouri.

Bearcat head coach Adam Dorrel . . .
• is 29-6 in his third season as the Bearcats head coach.
• Is 2-0 against Washburn.
• Spent the 2007-10 seasons as the Bearcats' offensive coordinator after spending the 2005-06 seasons as the offensive line coach.
• Was a freshman offensive lineman for the Bearcats the last time the Ichabods beat Northwest Missouri in Topeka.

On offense
• Senior tight end Tore' Hurst has started the last 34 games playing in 43 games and he leads the team this season with 30 catches and 465 receiving yards … he ranks fourth all-time at Washburn with 22 touchdown receptions while he is ninth in receiving yards with 1,758 and sixth in receptions with 121 on the Ichabod career chart … his 22 touchdown receptions is the most in school history by a tight end.
• Junior quarterback Mitch Buhler has made 18 starts at Washburn passing for 3,971 career yards and 38 touchdowns … his 38 TD passes are fourth all-time at Washburn and his 274 career completions are eighth … he is ranked 12th in the nation in passing yards per completion after 15.9 yards per Washburn catch.
• 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 questionable for this week's game with a knee injury.
• Junior DaJuan Beard has 15 catches for 181 yards and one score playing in only four games this season … he returned against Lindenwood for the first game in four outings after suffering a thumb injury … against Northeastern State he went over the 1,500-yard plateau for career receiving yards … he became the 12th Ichabod to catch at least 100 passes as he now has 103 which is 13th all-time at Washburn … he is the 12th Ichabod to go over the 1,500-yard career receiving mark.
• 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 32 games for the Ichabods on the offensive line while playing in 39 overall.
• Senior Matt Kobbeman became the 12th Ichabod to go over 100 receptions in his career … his 120 receptions is seventh all-time at Washburn … his 1,613 career receiving yards is 13th all-time for the Ichabods.
• Junior Vershon Moore went over the 2,000-yard mark for his career as he now has 2,320 rushing yards in 26 games … the yardage total is fifth all-time at Washburn … his 115.4 all-purpose yards per game is second in school history.
• Junior Dylan Ready has played in 29 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 had 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 34 career games playing in 44 overall … he is fifth all-time at Washburn with 327 total tackles … his 169 assisted tackles is fourth all-time and his 34.5 career tackles for loss is third all-time at Washburn and his 121 yards from tackles for loss is third … his two interception returns for touchdown is tied for second all-time at Washburn … he is 15th in the MIAA in tackles this season, fourth in tackles for loss and leads the league with five interceptions.
• Senior linebacker Willie Williams has started the last 31 games appearing in 43 overall and has recorded 198 tackles with 91 solo stops … he is tied for second in the MIAA with four interceptions this season.
• Senior defensive end Adebayo Oladapo has started the last 19 games appearing in 36 overall recording 68 tackles with 13 for loss and six sacks while picking off three passes.
• Senior linebacker Ryan Macken has played in 32 games making 11 starts tallying 130 tackles with 70 solo stops and 12.5 tackles for loss.
• Junior safety Calvin Kenney has played in 32 games making 27 starts tallying 135 tackles with 83 solo stops with three interceptions.
• Junior defensive tackle Alex Dowty is second on the Ichabods with 5.5 tackles for loss for 25 yards and 2.5 sacks for 16 yards.
• Senior Jake Cervantes has started 18 games on the defensive line and has recorded 77 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 20 games on the defensive line and has 19.5 tackles for loss and 62 career tackles adding nine sacks … he leads the Ichabods this season with 10.5 tackles for loss for 45 yards and 4.5 sacks for 30 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 …he has appeared in 37 games and he needs 115 yards for 2,000 all-purpose 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 12 of 17 on field goals this season hitting 5 of 6 beyond 40 yards … his 12 field goals are fifth on the single season chart.
• Junior Aaron Hummert has 123 punts for 5,022 yards averaging 40.8 yards per punt playing in 32 career games … his 40.83 career punting average is the best in school history … his career 40.83 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 41 returns for 327 yards and one touchdown averaging 10.5 yards per return this season and 8.0 per return for his career … he leads the MIAA this season in punt return average … he also is averaging 29.7 yards per kickoff return this season on nine attempts including a 90-yard return against SBU.

Bods and ends . . . Lindenwood Lion edition
Bryce Atagi had his first career punt return for 10 yards against the Lions … the 25 pass completions by Mitch Buhler was a career-high and the five touchdown passes tied a career-high … Connor Crimmins tied a career-high with four receptions and set a new high with 77 receiving yards including a new long reception of 52-yards … Sam Eickhoff had his first career reception for 9 yards against Lindenwood … for the third time in his careerTore' Hurst had two touchdown receptions in a single game … Cameron Jackson tied a career-high with two sacks and set a new high with 3.5 tackles for loss … Raymond Solis returned for the first time since injuring his knee against Northeastern State to record one catch against the Lions … Isaac Wright had his first career kickoff return against the Lions for 17 yards … the 25 pass completions by Mitch Buhler were the most sinceDane Simoneau recorded 29 against Central Missouri on Nov. 12, 2011.

Know the foe
• Northwest Missouri is 8-0 overall and 7-0 in MIAA play.
• The Bearcats have won their last seven games at home.
• The Bearcats are ranked No. 2 in the both the AFCA top 25 coaches poll and the d2football.com top 25 media poll.
• The Bearcats lead the MIAA in scoring defense allowing 14.1 ppg and in total defense allowing 284.4 yards per game.
• The Bearcat offense is third in the league averaging 480.5 yards per game … they are sixth in rushing offense at 215.5 yards per game and seventh in passing offense with 265 yards per game.
• Trevor Adams is 10th in the MIAA in passing at 168.7 yards per game and ranked second in passing efficiency.
• Eric Reimer is 15th in the league in tackles at 62, while leading the lead with 10.5 tackles for loss and DJ Gnader is 20th with 56 overall.
• Matt Longacre is tied for the league lead with six sacks for 31 yards.

Series history with Northwest Missouri
Series Record: NWMSU leads 27-6
Streak: NWMSU has won the last eight
First Meeting: NWMSU 27-0 (9/1/1944) in Maryville
Last Meeting: NWMSU 56-6 (10/27/2012) in Topeka
Last WU win: 31-28 (10/8/05) in Maryville
Last NWMSU win: 56-6 (10/27/2012) in Topeka
Largest WU win: 48-14 (10/8/1994) in Topeka
Largest NWMSU win: 56-6 (10/27/2012) in Topeka

Series Notes with Northwest Missouri
• The Ichabods will be looking to snap an eight-game winning streak by the Bearcats in the series.
• The 50-point win by the Bearcats last season was the largest in the series history by either team.

Last Meeting with Northwest Missouri (10/27/12)
TOPEKA, Kan. -- The No. 16 Washburn Ichabods fell to 7-2 on the season and 7-2 in the MIAA after a 56-6 loss to No. 5 Northwest Missouri on Homecoming Saturday in Yager Stadium.
The Bearcats (8-1, 7-1 MIAA) opened the scoring on their first drive as Northwest took advantage of an Ichabod interception - the first of six the Ichabods would throw during the game setting up a 55-yard drive to go up 7-0 with 12:58 to play in the first quarter. After the team traded punts, the Bearcats took over with 2:22 left in the first quarter, but fumbled on their first play from scrimmage giving the ball back to Washburn at the Bearcat 6-yard line, but Washburn tossed its second interception of the day ending the drive. The Bearcats would score on their ensuing drive to go up 14-0 when James Franklin scored from 7-yards out with 12:43 left in the first half.
Northwest would go on to add three more touchdowns in the quarter, with two coming off Ichabod interceptions to take a 35-0 lead into the break.
The Bearcats scored on their second drive of the half going up 42-0 and on Washburn's next possession, Mitch Buhler was picked off and two plays later the Bearcats would stretch their lead to 49-0 with 7:44 to play in the third quarter.
Washburn scored on its next possession capping a 10-play, 75-yard drive when Buhler connected with Jordan Hart on a 36-yard touchdown strike, but the extra point was missed with Northwest leading 49-6 with 4:09 to play in the third quarter.
The Bearcats would add a fourth quarter score of a pick six by Chet Meneely with 1:26 to play in the game wrapping up the 56-6 win.
Donnie Lockhart had 30 yards on 11 carries for the Ichabods and Buhler was 10 of 24 for 148 yards and one score. Brad Gourley led the Ichabods with three catches for 31 yards.
Bryce Atagi had 14 tackles with 11 solo stops and Jahmil Taylor had 10 tackles.
Washburn was outgained by the Bearcats 406 to 246 including a 190 to 71 advantage on the ground.

Last time out for Northwest Missouri vs Missouri Southern (10/26/13)
Northwest Missouri used a strong second half to pick up a win at home over Missouri Southern. NWMSU held MSSU to just 221 yards, not allowing a single passing yard to move to 8-0 on the season.
For the Bearcats Brady Bolles was 13 for 20 with 193 yards and one touchdown in the air, also adding a touchdown on the ground. Bill Creason, Kyle Zimmerman, Robert Burton and Bryce Young also added scores on the ground. DJ Gnader led the way on defense with nine total tackles and Eric Reimer made eight stops. For the Lions Chris Barnwell had 16 carries for 104 yards and Ty'Quan Hayes had the lone touchdown on the ground. On defense Gai Washington had 11 total stops and Elijah Swen picked off a pass.

Last time out for Washburn vs Lindenwood (10/26/13)
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.
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 Kobbemanfor 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 Ichabods with seven tackles and Ryan Macken had six tackles as did Bryce Atagi. Atagi added an interception in the end zone 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 score. Buhler finished 25 of 39 with a career-high five touchdowns passes for 277 yards. DaJuan Beard returned to the line up with five catches for 69 yards. Hurst had five catches for 30 yards and two scores.

Washburn's win over Lindenwood. . .
• lifted the Ichabods to 525-554-44 in their football history.
• gave the Ichabods an 8-0 overall record.
• moved the Ichabods to 7-0 for the first time since the 2011 season.
• improved the Ichabods to 7-0 in the MIAA since the Ichabods started the 2005 season 7-0 before losing the regular season finale to Missouri Western.
• improved the Ichabods to 2-0 all-time against Lindenwood.
• made the Ichabods 8-0 for the first time since the 1907 season when they finished they year 8-0.

Washburn football history
Washburn is 525-554-44 (.480) in the 123rd year of Ichabod football.

A win for Washburn over Northwest Missouri would . . .
• lift the Ichabods to 526-554-44 in their football history.
• give the Ichabods an 9-0 overall record for the first time in school history.
• move the Ichabods to 8-0 in MIAA play for the first time in school history.
• snap an eight-game losing streak to the Bearcats.
• give the Ichabods their second nine-win season in school history joining the 2005 team as the only teams with nine wins.

A loss for Washburn to Northwest Missouri would . . .
• drop the Ichabods to 525-555-44 in their football history.
• drop the Ichabods to 6-28 all-time against the Bearcats.
• be the Bearcats' ninth-straight over the Ichabods.

Ichabods in the national polls
WACO, Texas -- The Washburn Ichabod football team moved up two spots No. 8 in the latest American Football Coaches Association top 25 poll which was released Monday. The Ichabods will face No. 2-ranked Northwest Missouri on Nov. 2 in Maryville in a top 10 battle. Washburn beat Lindenwood 44-35 last time out.
The No. 8 ranking is the highest for the Ichabods since they were ranked No. 9 in the second and third polls of the 2012 season.
Among other MIAA schools, Northwest Missouri is ranked No. 2 while Pittsburg State is No. 7 and Missouri Western is ranked 12th. Emporia State is ranked 14th. This week Missouri Western is hosting Emporia State and Pittsburg State is hosting Northwestern Oklahoma in non-conference action.
Under head coach Craig Schurig, the Ichabods have been ranked or have received votes in the AFCA poll 49 times and have been ranked in the top 10 15 times.

Ichabods in the Regional polls
The Washburn Ichabods were eighth in the first NCAA Super Region Three poll which was announced on Monday. The top six teams will make the NCAA Postseason with the top two teams receiving a bye in the first round.
Name Overall Record D2 Record
1 Northwest Missouri State 8-0 8-0
2 Minnesota State-Mankato 8-0 8-0
3 Minnesota Duluth 7-1 7-1
4 St. Cloud State 7-1 7-1
5 Henderson State 8-0 8-0
6 Pittsburg State 6-1 7-1
7 Missouri Western State 7-1 7-1
8 Washburn 8-0 8-0
9 Emporia State 7-0 7-0
10 Harding 5-2 5-2

Up next
Washburn returns to Yager Stadium to face No. 12 Missouri Western on Nov. 9 for senior day. The Ichabods will wrap up the regular season on Nov. 16 when they will face No. 14 Emporia State.

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