TOPEKA, Kan. -- The Washburn Ichabods scored seven touchdowns in their first nine possessions as they rolled to a 54-17 win over Fort Hays State in Yager Stadium at Moore Bowl on Saturday night infront of 8,268 people as Washburn improved to 2-0 on the season.
Washburn will be in action next week at Northeastern State in Tahlequah, Okla.
Washburn scored on its first drive of the game when the reigning MIAA Special Teams Player of the WeekJustin Linn hits a 38-yard field goal putting the Ichabods up 3-0 with 10:12 to play in the first quarter.
The Tigers would take their opening possession of the game and drive to the Washburn 11, but could not convert as they missed a 27-yard field goal.
The Ichabods would then add to their lead when Mitch Buhler hit Matt Kobbeman on a 15-yard touchdown pass with 2:20 to go in the first quarter going up 10-0. The Tigers would return with a score on their next drive when Treveon Albert connected with Zack Gaughan on a 16-yard score cutting the Ichabod lead to 10-7.
Washburn pushed their lead back to 10 at 17-7 after Buhler threw his second touchdown pass of the day when he found Tore' Hurst from 7-yards out with 6:06 left to play in the first half. After forcing a punt, Buhler found DaJuan Beard in the corner of the end zone for a score stretching the Ichabod lead to 24-7 with 4:24 to play in the half.
After forcing a Tiger punt, Jordan Hart streaked down the middle of the field and was hit in stride by Buhler for his fourth touchdown pass of the half for a 49-yard yard strike with 1:03 to play in the half and a 31-7 Washburn lead.
Washburn's Bryce Atagi picked off Albert on the Tigers' first drive of the second half setting up a 1-yard touchdown run by Sean McPherson putting the Ichabods up 38-7.
On the Tigers' next play from scrimmage, Isaac Wright picked off Albert and returned it 27 yards to the Tiger 15 yard line. Washburn needed two plays to score as Buhler threw touchdown No. 5 to Connor Crimmins for 11 yards with 9:19 to play in the third quarter.
The Ichabod defense forced another Tiger punt and on Washburn's first play, Vershon Moore had carries of 9- and 65-yards, the latter for a touchdown stretching the lead to 51-7.
Washburn picked off another Tiger pass, this time by Jordan Nelson at the Ichabod 30 and Washburn wrapped up its scoring with a 45-yard field goal by Linn with 12:57 to play in the game. The Tigers added a score with 6:11 to play when Edin Kovan completed a pass to Keaton Callins for 2-yards for the final points of the game.
Buhler finished with a career-high five touchdown passes to five different people. His previous high was four set against Fort Hays State last season. He finished 19 of 27 overall for 272 yards. Moore led the Ichabods on the ground with 106 yards rushing and one score and McPherson finished with 17 carries for 85 yards and a score.
Kobbeman had five catches for 58 yards and Hart finished with four catches for 69 yards.
Defensively Shay Wooten led the Ichabods with nine tackles and Atagi finished with seven including one for loss and an interception. Cody Heiman had six tackles and DeAnthony Rimmer had five with an interception.
Washburn pounded out 28 first downs with 520 yards of total offense with 206 coming on the ground and 314 through the air. The Ichabod defense allowed 370 yards with 129 coming in the fourth quarter.