TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Washburn Ichabods are 6-3 on the season and after a 16-13 win over Missouri Western they're still alive for the NCAA Playoffs.
"We're maybe different than most programs. We try to lay it out there at the front of the season and say if we play well enough at the end of the season these are the opportunities and they're still there," said Washburn football coach Craig Schurig. The Ichabods have Central Oklahoma and Emporia State left on their schedule. "It's still there it's still open but you got to win. We must win against Central Oklahoma and the last game of the season could mean a lot."
Washburn's last three games have all been decided by less than a touchdown.
"It's big for us as a whole because it shows that we're tough enough to win those type of games. 13-16 isn't always how the fans want to see it or how we want it to be either," said Washburn junior wide receiver Carey Woods. "It's one of those that we need to grind it out and it brings us a lot of confidence when we can win those tough games."
Those close games at the end of the season become a little less nerve-wracking when you have a solid kicker. It seems the Bods have just that in sophomore kicker Perry Schmiedeler, who nailed a 50-yard field goal against Missouri Western to give Washburn the lead and eventually the win.
"We have all the confidence in Perry man. We get hyped especially when he does make big field goals like that," said Woods.
"With it being such a close game you know I really had it in my mind that it was going to come down to me and the other team's kicker," said Schmiedeler. "It's kind of the battle we had with ourselves and I went out there with a calm head just hit a good ball."