Washburn football ready for Thursday’s home opener vs UNK

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Opening Notes
• The Washburn Ichabods return home to turn on the lights for the 2015 season of play in Yager Stadium as they will play host to Nebraska-Kearney at 6 p.m. on Sept. 10 in Topeka.
• The Ichabods are coming off a 20-14 loss at Lindenwood in their season opener after the Lions scored the go-ahead touchdown with 23 seconds left in the game.
• Washburn is 52-21-4 in its home-opening game of the season entering the match up with the Lopers.

‘Bods and Ends
• The Ichabods have won their last two games in Yager Stadium with wins over Emporia State and Northeastern State last season and have won three of the last four overall.
• Under head coach Craig Schurig the Ichabods are 49-25 in games played in Yager Stadium.
• The Ichabods had six newcomers in the starting line up against Lindenwood last time out.
• On Sept. 26 in the game against Missouri Southern, the Ichabods will honor the 2005 MIAA Championship football team at halftime.

Coaching Staffs
Ichabod head coach Craig Schurig . . .
• was named head coach of the Ichabod football program Dec. 28, 2001.
• is 91-59 (.611) in his 14th season as the Ichabod head coach.
• is 73-49 (.603) 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.
• 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 91 wins.
• is 3-0 against Nebraska-Kearney all-time.

Nebraska-Kearney head coach Josh Lamberson . . .
• is 0-1 in his first season as the head coach of the Lopers.
• was named the 17th head football coach in UNK history on December 14, 2014.
• is just fourth Loper head coach since 1955.
• has a career record of 80-30 in nine years as an assistant coach at Central Missouri (39-19), Southeastern Oklahoma State (13-9) and Northwest Missouri State (28-2).
• spent the past five seasons at UCM, including four as offensive coordinator. He also coached wide receivers and was the recruiting coordinator.
• worked two seasons at SEOSU as quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator from 2008-10.
• also was a graduate assistant at Northwest during the 2006-07 seasons, helping lead the Bearcats to a 28-2 record and spot in two national championship games as the quarterbacks coach.
• is 0-0 against Washburn.

Defensive Notes
• Returning all-MIAA pick sophomore Trey Parker had three tackles in the opener against Lindenwood.
• Junior defensive end Akhmad Abdul-Razzaq leads the Ichabods with nine tackles overall after game one at Lindenwood.
• Senior defensive end Spencer Matthews is the third of the three returners up front after playing in 10 games recording 28 tackles with 11 solo stops and 17 assisted tackles. His nine tackles for loss was second on the team and his 32 yards from those tackles for loss led the team and his 4.5 sacks were tied for the team lead.
• The Ichabods return both starting inside linebackers from last season in junior Cody Heiman and senior Alec Steuber. Heiman started 11 games at an inside linebacker position and finished third on the team with 53 total tackles with 30 solo stops while Steuber finished fourth on the team with 47 tackles adding 30 solo stops making six starts playing in 11 games. Heiman had seven tackles in the opener as did Steuber against Lindenwood.
• The Ichabods return four of five players in the defensive backfield in seniors Jaime Myers and Shay Wooten along with sophomore Peter Pfannenstiel and junior Zach Franklin. Myers made eight appearances making four starts and recorded 30 tackles with 18 solo stops adding four tackles for loss for 11 yards. Wooten started 11 games at a safety position finishing second on the team with 69 tackles with 28 solo stops adding 7.5 tackles for loss for 27 yards and two sacks for 15 yards. Pfannenstiel made seven starts playing in all 11 games recording 45 tackles with 27 solo stops including a career-high eight tackles at Nebraska-Kearney. Franklin started 11 games at cornerback recording 23 solo stops and four pass break ups. Pfannenstiel had four solo stops and a blocked field goal against the Lions last time out and Franklin also had four tackles. Wooten finished with seven tackles against Lindenwood.
• New to the group will be redshirt freshman Dwayne Simmons who joined the Ichabods for spring practice and junior transfer Cedric Vinson along with senior Jarvis Harrod all at cornerback with Simmons earning nod in the starting line up for the opener. Simmons made his first start against Lindenwood and recorded four tackles adding two pass break ups.
• Newcomer Kingsley Ibeh had four tackles including 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack in his Washburn debut.

Offensive Notes
• The Ichabods finished with 393 offensive yards against Lindenwood and finished 5 of 16 on third down conversions.
• Washburn was held to only two first downs and 60 yards in the first half against the Lions.
• Derek McGinnis was 19 of 30 with one interception throwing two touchdowns with 250 passing yards overall. He was sacked four times in the game. In the second half McGinnis was 16 of 22 passing for 219 yards.
• Senior wide receiver Jordan Hart has appeared in 26 games making four starts recording 59 catches for 1,016 yards and nine touchdowns averaging 17.2 yards per reception in his career at Washburn.
• Jordan Hart had six catches for 84 yards and one score and Connor Crimmins had five catches for 57 yards. Hart’s touchdown reception gave him nine for his career at Washburn.
• Brandon Bourbon had 18 carries for the Ichabods for 53 yards and Hayden Groves led the team with 56 yards on seven carries.
• Senior fullback Sam Eickhoff had his first touchdown reception of his career against the Lions.

Ichabod Special Team Notes
• The Ichabods will have new faces enter the 2015 season at both the placekicker and punter positions.
• True freshman Perry Schmiedeler is slated to handle both the punting and placekicking duties. In the opener against Lindenwood he averaged 28.9 yards per punt in eight attempts and had three kickoffs for 188 yards averaging 62.7 per attempt. He did not attempt any field goals and was 2-2 on extra points.
• Bryce Chavis had three punt returns for 24 yards against Lindenwood while adding one kickoff return for 13 yards.
• Zack Franklin had three kickoff returns for 81 yards against Lindenwood.
• Freshman linebacker Derrick McGreevy leads the Ichabods with three special teams tackles with all of them coming on kickoff coverage.

Know the Foe
• Nebraska-Kearney enters the game with an 0-1 record after falling 31-0 to Northwest Missouri in its season opener on Sept. 3.
• The Lopers are coached by former Northwest Missouri quarterback Josh Lamberson, who is UNK’s fourth coach since the 1955 season.
• The Lopers had 14 first downs against NWMSU last time out and 161 yards of passing with 244 coming on the ground.
• The Lopers had 11 penalties for 104 yards and allowed 387 yards total of offense to Northwest Missouri.

Series Notes with Nebraska-Kearney
Series Record: UNK leads 14-9-0
Streak: WU has won the last six
First Meeting: UNK 19-14 (09/14/1963) in Kearney
Last Meeting: WU 10-7 (09/11/2014) in Kearney
Last WU win: 10-7 (09/11/2014) in Kearney
Last UNK win: 21-16 (11/09/1985) in Kearney
Largest WU win: 58-13 (09/05/2013) in Kearney
Largest UNK win: 55-6 (09/16/1967) in Kearney

Last Meeting with Nebraska-Kearney
(9/11/2014) KEARNEY, Neb. — Justin Linn’s field goal with 8:14 to go in the game was the difference as the Ichabods improved to 1-1 on the season in a 10-7 win at Nebraska-Kearney.
Linn’s winning touchdown was set up by the Ichabod defense when Mark Kolmer picked off Bronson Marsh at the UNK 38 and returned it to the UNK 30.
Washburn then forced a Loper punt on their next possession after a 12-play, 46-yard drive, but their field goal attempt from 37 yards out was missed after a muffed snap returning the ball back to the Ichabods.
Washburn then drove down to the UNK 27 before turning it over on downs.
UNK was not able to move past the UNK 38 as Akhmad Abdul-Razzaq sacked Marsh at the UNK 35 to end the game on fourth down.
After neither team was able to accomplish much offensively in the first half, the Ichabods broke through on a third and 17 conversion when Mitch Buhler hit Brad Gourley on an 87-yard touchdown pass with 7:33 to play in the first half.
After a missed field goal late in the second quarter, the Lopers knotted the score at 7-7 after a 7-yard touchdown run by quarterback Bronson Marsh with 32 seconds to play.
The teams combined for 376 total yards in the first half with the Ichabods gaining 200 yards on 35 plays. Washburn had 20 rushes for 85 yards passing for 115 while the Lopers had 48 yards passing rushing for 128 of 24 attempts.
Sean McPherson led the Ichabods with 63 yards on 17 carries and Vershon Moore had 54 on 14 carries. Buhler finished 14 of 32 for 172 yards and one score and Jordan Hart finished with four catches to lead the receivers.
Defensively, Washburn was led by Calvin Kenney who had 10 tackles and Abdul-Razzaq had 10 as well adding 1.5 tackles for loss.

Last time out for Nebraska-Kearney
(09/03/15) Kearney, Neb. – Fifth-year senior quarterback Brady Bolles threw for 211 yards and accounted for two touchdowns to lead the fifth-ranked Northwest Missouri State Bearcats over Nebraska-Kearney, 31-0, Thursday night at Ron & Carol Cope Stadium at Foster Field.
A crowd of 7,853, the fifth largest in school history, watched the debut of Josh Lamberson as Loper head coach.
And things got off to a rousing start as senior quarterback Bronson Marsh hooked up with senior receiver Cougar Williams for a 68 yard gain on the first play from scrimmage.
However, the Bearcats defense responded with three negative yardage plays and a Loper field goal just missed from 32 yards out.
On the night, Northwest limited UNK to 244 yards, including 83 on the ground. The Bearcats managed 12 tackles for loss, including seven sacks, forced two fumbles and broke up four passes.
After the missed field goal, Northwest took 7:05 off the clock with a 16 play, 80-yard drive that featured a 3rd and 14 conversion and a 4th and 1 conversion. Bolles capped things with a two-yard scoring plunge on 3rd and goal.
On the next series, junior defensive end Collin Blevins recorded a strip sack of Marsh, recovering the ball at the Loper 33-yard line. Northwest scored eight plays later on a two-yard rush by junior running back Phil Jackson II.
The drive featured two more 3rd down conversions; Northwest’s third score came on 3rd and 8 and was a 34-yard pass from Bolles to junior George Sehl in the third quarter. For the game, the ‘Cats were 8 of 16 on 3rd down.
In the fourth quarter, junior kicker Simon Mathiesen booted a 21-yard field goal with junior backup QB Kyle Zimmerman scoring from 15 yards out with 4:31 left.
Besides the first drive, UNK had a 43-yard drive late in the first quarter that ended on downs and a 44-yard drive that was stopped in Bearcat territory due to a fumble. Finally, the game ended after the Lopers had marched 51 yards in 12 plays.
Seven different ‘Cats carried the ball as they finished with 145 yards on 37 carries (3.9 average). Jackson had a team-best 54 with Bolles, who was sacked twice, having 15 on 12 totes. Next, 11 different Northwest receivers caught a pass, led by Shawn Bane’s six for 78 yards. Defensively, junior linemen Cass Weitl had a team-high eight stops (2.5 TFL) with sophomore linemen Nicholas Turner at 1.5 sacks.
For UNK, Williams tallied 116 yards on just three receptions. That included a one-handed grab in the first quarter that went for 26 yards. He is the first Loper receiver to have 100 yards in a game since Adam Lehner had 132 in a 2012 October loss at Lincoln.
Behind a new look offensive line, the Lopers got 45 yards from junior back Romero Cotton with Marsh gaining 70 yards on 17 carries with a long run of 13 yards. The sacks brought his total down to a net of 18.
The Loper defense was led by Kozeal, who managed 16 stops (five solo), including two sacks. He also broke up a pass in the end zone.
Finally, senior safety Dillon Loschen had eight tackles with a trio of Lopers — junior linemen Peyton Lange and sophomores George Brown and Devontay LeFlore — at seven apiece.

Last time out for Washburn
(09/03/2015) ST. CHARLES, Mo. — A Lindenwood touchdown with 23 seconds to play in the game was the difference at the Lions topped the Ichabods 20-14 in the season opener. Washburn returns home to face Nebraska-Kearney at 6 p.m. next Thursday in Yager Stadium.
With 1:44 to play in the game after an Ichabod fake field goal attempt was halted, the Lions took over and drove 64 yards in 10 plays for the game-winning score.
After a scoreless first half in which the Ichabods blocked two field attempts by the Lions with blocks by Peter Pfannenstiel and Cody Heiman, Washburn came out with the opening drive of the second half and scored the first points of the game with an 18-yard passing touchdown from Derek McGinnis to Jordan Hart with 12:07 to play.
The Lions scored with two minutes to play in the third quarter on a 17-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jesse Scroggins tying the score. Lindenwood took the lead on a 45-yard pick-six with 11:22 to play in the game putting the Lions up 14-13 after the missed extra point.
Washburn took the lead with 9:42 to play in the game at 14-13 on a McGinnis to Sam Eickhoff capping a five-play, 71-yard drive in 1:34.
Neither team would score anymore until the game-winning drive by the Lions.
The Ichabods outgained the Lions 393 to 329 in the game as the Ichabod defense held the Lions to 183 passing yards holding them to 5.5 yards per play while the Ichabods averaged 8.1 yards per play.
Akhmad Abdul-Razzaq finished with a team-high nine tackels with three tackles for loss. Alec Steuber, Cody Heiman and Shay Wooten each had seven.
Hart finished with six catches for 84 yards and one score leading the Ichabod receivers. Connor Crimmins had five catches for 57 yards. Derek McGinnis was 19 of 30 passing for 250 yards and two scores.
Hayden Groves led the Ichabods with 101 all-purpose yards leading the Ichabods with 56 yards rushing while Brandon Bourbon had 18 carries for 53 yards.

A win for Washburn over Nebraska-Kearney would . . .
• lift the Ichabods to 530-566-44 in their football history.
• be the seventh-straight win over the Lopers.
• make the Ichabods 53-21-4 in their home-opening game of the season.
• improve the Ichabods to 10-14 all-time against the Lopers.

A loss for Washburn to Nebraska-Kearney would . . .
• drop the Ichabods to 529-567-44 in their football history.
• be the first win by the Lopers over the Ichabods since Nov. 9, 1985 in a 21-16 loss in Kearney.
• make the Ichabods 52-22-4 in their home-opening game of the season.
• drop the Ichabods to 9-15 all-time against the Lopers.

Lindenwood leftovers . . .
• Washburn fell to 74-45-6 all-time in season openers
• Washburn has now won six of its last eight season openers after falling in the last two to Lindenwood.
• In road openers, Washburn is now 21-24-2 all-time and had its six-game winning streak snapped at Lindenwood.

Washburn Football History
• Washburn is 529-566-44 (.484) in the 125th year of Ichabod football.
• The Ichabods have 12 conference titles with the last coming in 2005 in the MIAA.
• Washburn has had 126 first team all-conference picks and 44 first team all-MIAA selections.
• Washburn has had 78 all-American selections and 54 all-American picks since joining the NCAA Division II ranks in 1989.
• Five Ichabods have been picked in the NFL Draft.

Ichabods in the National Polls
WACO, Texas — The Ichabods fell did not receive any votes in the preseason poll which was released last week. Under head coach Craig Schurig, the Ichabods have been ranked or have received votes in the AFCA poll 52 times and have been ranked in the top 10 a total of 15 times.

Up Next
The Washburn Ichabods will return to the road as they will travel to Pittsburg State to face the Gorillas in a 7 p.m. game on Sept. 19. Washburn returns home on Sept. 26 to host Missouri Southern for Family Day with a 1 p.m. start. Washburn will also honor the 2005 MIAA Champion Ichabod football team as well with halftime festivities.

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