TOPEKA (KSNT) – Washburn football faces a tough test on Saturday as the 8th-ranked Pittsburg State Gorillas come to town.
The Ichabods haven’t faced Pittsburg State since the 2011 NCAA Div. II Playoffs where the Gorillas won 31-22.
“We haven’t played them in a while so it’s exciting that way,” Washburn head coach Craig Schurig said. “They’re an outstanding football team and ranked highly nationally so it gives our kids a great challenge.”
Washburn dropped its home opener against Lindenwood on September 4th and would love nothing more than to pull off the upset.
“It’s fun to play back at home again,” Washburn junior free safety Shay Wooten said. “We got the loss the first game and Pitt State’s No. 8 in the nation. It will be fun to get back on track playing them.”
The Ichabods have won five of the last eight meetings against Pittsburg State in the series.
“I’m actually glad we get to play them,” Washburn sophomore defensive end Akhmad Abdul-Razzaq said. “I like the competition level. We’re a great team, they’re a great team. This is a big game for us and I’m glad to get the rivalry started again.”
Saturday’s kickoff is at 2:07 p.m. at Yager Stadium. The game will be featured as the MIAA Television Game of the Week.