Emporia State edges Washburn in overtime, 34-31

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- For the third straight year, Emporia State has laid claim to the bragging rights that come with a Turnpike Tussle victory.

It all came down to a potential game-winning Washburn field goal on the last play of regulation with the score tied at 28.

Emporia State's Justin Brown leapt over the middle of the line to block the kick, sending the game into overtime for the first time in the series since 2003.

From there, the Ichabods were forced to settle for a field goal, while the Hornets' Brown punched in a 5-yard score, pulling Emporia State to a 34-31 win.

ESU quarterback Braxton Marstall finished the game 32 of 51 for 373 yards with 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions, while Washburn quarterback Mitch Schurig completed 25 of 43 passes for 397 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Schurig's 397 passing yards was a career high and now seventh on the Ichabod single-game chart.

Curtis Whitten led the Ichabods with seven carries for 31 yards and Landon Nault led the Hornets with 73 yards on 20 carries.

In the receiving column, Brown had seven catches for 91 yards and a touchdown while Tyler Harris finished with eight receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown for Emporia State. Washburn's J.J Brania-Hopp racked up 8 receptions for 217 yards and 3 touchdown.

Defensively, three Ichabods churned out interceptions: Corey Ballentine, Grant Bruner and Kevin Neal, Jr. Austin Tillman led Washburn's defense with 12 tackles.

On the other side of the ball, Emporia State was led by Jace McDown who had a career-high 14 tackles and forced two fumbles.

Overall, Washburn outgained Emporia State 526 yards of total offense to 524 yards of total offense. The two combined for 1,050 yards total.

Washburn falls to 4-5 in the MIAA and returns to action next Saturday at Pittsburg State.

Emporia State improves to 5-4 in the MIAA and returns to Welch Stadium for its final home game of the season against Missouri Southern.