Washburn football prepares for No. 4 Pitt State

Courtesy: Washburn Athletics

Opening Notes
• The Washburn Ichabods will travel to Pittsburg State to face the No. 5-ranked Pittsburg State Gorillas on Sept. 19 at Carnie Smith Stadium.
• Washburn is coming off a 34-14 win over Nebraska-Kearney in a game which was started on Sept. 10 and finished on Sept. 11 after lightning delays and tornado warnings forced the game to be completed on Friday morning.
• The Ichabods are making their first trip to Carnie Smith Stadium since a Nov. 26, 2011 NCAA Second Round playoff game which the Ichabods lost 31-22.
• Washburn won the last regular season meeting in Pittsburg Nov. 5 43-25 to a then-ranked No. 2 Gorilla squad.

‘Bods and Ends
• With the win over the Lopers the Ichabods increased their winning streak in Yager Stadium to three games and have now won four of the last five games at home. Overall the Ichabods are 50-25 under head coach Craig Schurig 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 92-59 (.611) in his 14th season as the Ichabod head coach.
• is 74-49 (.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 92 wins.
• is 5-7 against Pittsburg State all-time.

Pittsburg State head coach Tim Beck . . .
• is in his sixth season as head coach at Pitt State with a 49-14 (.774) career record.
• led his alma mater (PSU, ’88) to the 2011 NCAA Division II National Championship three seasons ago, earning national coach of the year honors from Liberty Mutual, the Don Hansen Football Committee and FieldTurf™.
• became the school’s 14th all-time head football coach in December 2009, after serving for 23 seasons as an assistant coach for the Gorillas including 16 years as the team’s offensive coordinator from 1994-2009.
• In his first season leading the Gorillas, Beck guided Pitt State to a 6-6 record and a victory in the 2010 Mineral Water Bowl. In 2011, Beck led the Gorillas to the program’s second NCAA national championship and the school’s fourth national title overall in a 13-1 campaign. Pitt State captured the MIAA Championship and ultimately the NCAA-II National Championship with a 35-21 victory over Wayne (Mich.) State on Dec. 17, 2011.
• is 2-2 against Washburn.

Defensive Notes
• Junior defensive end Akhmad Abdul-Razzaq leads the Ichabods with 17 tackles overall and is tied for the team lead with 4.0 tackles for loss for 12 yards. Fourteen of his tackles have coming on rushing plays.
• Senior defensive end Spencer Matthews is fourth on the team in tackles with 14 and his 4.0 tackles for loss is tied for the team lead and his 3.0 sacks leads the team and the MIAA with his 1.50 sacks per game average. His three sacks against Nebraska-Kearney last time out was the first time an Ichabod had three sacks in a game since Dakota Palan-Johnson had three at Truman on Oct. 8, 2011.
• Returning all-MIAA pick sophomore Trey Parker had three tackles in the opener against Lindenwood.
• Shay Wooten is second on the team with 16 tackles (5 solo).
• Alec Steuber had 15 tackles which is third on the team and has 1.5 tackles for loss with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
• The Ichabods have three interceptions as Zach Franklin, Dwane Simmons and Jamie Myers all have one. Simmons returned his 56 yards against Nebraska-Kearney.
• Washburn has 15 pass breakups this season and they are led by Simmons’ six.
• As a team the Ichabods are ranked tied for second in scoring defense at 17 points per game and second in total defense at 315 yards per game.
• On pass defense the Ichabods are ranked third in the MIAA allowing 195 yards per game while ranking fifth in rush defense at 120 yards per game.

Offensive Notes
• Derek McGinnis has completed 58 percent of his passing attempts connecting on 36 of 62 passes with five touchdowns and only one interception. He is averaging 237 yards per game passing.
• Jordan Hart has appeared in 27 games making five starts and leads the team with 12 catches for 237 yards and two scores while averaging 19.8 yards per reception and 118.5 yards per game. He is third in the MIAA in yards per game.
• Brandon Bourbon has 42 carries for the Ichabods for 149 yards and one score and Hayden Groves has 22 carries for 103 yards.
• Senior fullback Sam Eickhoff had his first touchdown reception of his career against the Lions.
• Connor Crimmins and Bryce Chavis each have eight catches and one score this season.

Ichabod Special Team Notes
• The Ichabods have yet to attempt a field goal this season. True freshman Perry Schmiedeler has 15 punts for 487 yards averaging 32.5 per punt. He is averaging 58 yards per kickoff attempt.
• Bryce Chavis is averaging 8.0 yards per punt return on three attempts.
• Zack Franklin leads the team on kickoff returns averaging 29 yards per attempt on five returns.
• Freshman linebacker Derrick McGreevy leads the Ichabods with three special teams tackles with all of them coming on kickoff coverage.

Know the Foe
• Pittsburg State is 2-0 and moved from fifth to fourth in the AFCA top 25 rankings after topping Lindenwood 56-28 on Sept. 19 in Pittsburg.
• The Gorillas’ other win came in a 38-14 victory at Northeastern State on Sept. 3.
• The Gorillas are recording 442.5 yards per game in total offense while allowing 408.5 per game.
• John Roderique leads the team in both rushing (87.5) and passing (163.0) yards per game after transferring from Sam Houston State.
• Michael Rose is averaging 79.5 yards per game helping the Gorillas average 279.5 yards per game on the ground.
• Lev Copelin has six catches for 66 yards as the Gorillas average 163 yards per game through the air.
• Spencer Brown leads the team on defense with 15 tackles (10 assisted) adding 2.0 tackles for loss.
• Pitt State has the highest scoring offense in the MIAA averaging 47.0 points per game and the fourth-ranked defense allowing 21.0 points per game.

Series Notes with Pittsburg State
Series Record: PSU leads 62-21-1
Streak: PSU won the last two
First Meeting: PSU 21-7 (10/08/1921) in Topeka
Last Meeting: PSU 42-0 (09/20/2014) in Topeka
Last WU win: 43-25 (11/05/2011) in Pittsburg
Last PSU win: 42-0 (09/20/2014) in Topeka
Largest WU win: 55-3 (10/17/2009) in Topeka
Largest PSU win: 61-0 (10/28/1989) in Pittsburg

Last Meeting with Pittsburg State
(9/20/2014) TOPEKA, Kan. — Washburn was shut out for the first time in 174 games as No. 8 Pittsburg State topped the Ichabods 42-0 in Yager Stadium.
The Gorillas scored first with 7:02 left in the opening quarter when Jeff Seybold scored from 1-yard out capping a 5-play, 46-yard drive for the only score of the first quarter.
The Gorillas came back in the second quarter with 21 points in the frame on three touchdown passes by Anthony Abenoja of 50-, 19-, and 25-yards with the final one coming with six seconds left in the half. Washburn had the ball on the Gorilla 1-yard line trailing 21-0, but came up short on four straight runs turning the ball back to Pittsburg State as they drove 99 yards on 10 plays for the final score of the half.
Washburn was limited to 134 yards in the first half while the Gorillas gained 364 yards with 259 yards coming through the air.
After the Gorillas scored on their first drive of the second half pushing their lead to 42-0. The game was delayed for 75 minutes because of lightning in the area. After the teams came back out, no one would score until 7:54 left in the game when Skylarr Gatson picked off a pass and returned it 43 yards for a score putting Pitt State up 42-0.
Washburn finished with 259 yards of offense while Pitt State gained 552 with 338 coming through the air. Vershon Moore had 30 yards on 13 carries while Mitch Buhler was 13 of 29 for 149 yards. DaJuan Beard had five catches for 62 yards.
Pitt State’s Jeff Seybold had 122 yards on 17 carries while Anthony Abenoja was 19 of 33 for 330 yards and four touchdowns. Marquise Cushon had seven catches for 119 yards. Defensively Calvin Kenney had 11 tackles and Shay Wooten had eight tackles for the Ichabods. Keeston Terry had six tackles as did Spencer Brown.

Last time out for Pittsburg State
(09/12/15) PITTSBURG — Fifth-ranked Pittsburg State University blocked a pair of punts during a 35-point second quarter outburst, including one the Gorillas returned for a touchdown. The scoring frenzy helped Pitt State turn a 14-7 deficit into a 42-14 advantage as the Gorillas pulled away for a 56-28 victory over Lindenwood University before a sellout crowd of 10,362 fans at Brandenburg Field/Carnie Smith Stadium.
Freshman quarterback John Roderique, Jr. completed 19 of 21 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns and he rushed the ball 12 times for a game-high 84 yards and two more scores leading the Gorillas offense to 429 total yards in the contest.
Roderique scored on runs of 26 yards in the first quarter and one yard in the second quarter. He added TD passes of 23 yards to sophoore running back Michael Rose and five yards to senior tight end Kyle Swartz in the second period as well as a 19-yard TD toss to senior running back Jeff Seybold, Jr. in the third quarter.
Junior Levi Copelin blocked a Lindenwood punt, recovered the ball and scored from 16 yards out to give Pitt State a 35-14 lead with 1:53 to play in the second quarter. He also blocked and recovered a punt at the LWU 2 yard line earlier in the period to set up another score.
Rose added a 17-yard touchdown run with 6:21 to play in the game.
Junior cornerback Darnell Walker, Jr. recorded a pair of second-half interceptions. The Gorillas secondary registered three picks and deflected 12 passes in the game.
Lindenwood quarterback Jesse Scroggins completed 17 of 38 passes for 235 yards with one touchdown and one interception, while Lions back-up Mason Bendigo went 4 of 9 for 51 yards with two interceptions.
Four players – junior safeties Devron Moore and Deron Washington, senior linebacker Colby Hall and junior linebacker Spencer Brown – each made a team-leading nine tackles for the Gorillas. Dreu White made two of the Gorillas’ four quarterback sacks.

Last time out for Washburn
(09/10/2015) TOPEKA, Kan. — More than 18 hours after it started, the Washburn Ichabods finished off their win over Nebraska-Kearney with a 34-14 victory over the Lopers on Friday morning at Yager Stadium.
The game resumed with 11:59 left in the third quarter with the Ichabods kicking off to the Lopers holding a 27-7 lead. Neither team would score after the game resumed until Brandon Marsh scored on an 18-yard rush with 13:04 to play in the game cutting the Ichabod lead to 27-14.
Washburn responded with a 12-play, 75-yard drive when Bourbon scored from 1-yard out putting the Ichabods back up 34-14 with 8:19 to go wrapping up the scoring and the 20-point win for the Ichabods as they picked up their seventh straight win over the Lopers.
Prior to the game being postponed, Washburn went up 27-7 on a 1-yard touchdown plunge by Derek McGinnis taking advantage of a Loper interception by Dwane Simmons setting up the score for the Ichabods.
Washburn wasted no time getting on the board as the Ichabods scored on the first play of the game when McGinnis hit Jordan Hart on a 59-yard touchdown strike putting the Ichabods on the board first.
The Ichabods forced a fumble by Alec Steuber on the Lopers’ first possession and then McGinnis hit Connor Crimmins with a 14-yard touchdown pass stretching the lead to 14-0 with 9:15 to play in the first quarter. The Lopers scored when Bronson Marsh hit Tityus Mitchell on a 46-yard touchdown pass cutting Washburn’s lead to 14-7 with 7:23 to play in the opening quarter.
Washburn stretched its lead to 21-7 after McGinnis threw his third touchdown pass of the game on a 9-yard completion to Bryce Chavis with 8:03 to play in the first half wrapping up the scoring.
Bourbon led the Ichabods with 96 yards rushing on 24 carries and one score and McGinnis finished 17 of 32 for 224 yards and three touchdowns. Hart had six catches for a game-high 153 yards and one score and Chavis and Crimmins each had touchdown catches as well.
Defensively Spenser Matthews had 11 tackles with five solo stops adding three sacks for 18 yards and four tackles for loss for 22 yards with a pass break up and a quarterback hurry. Shay Wooten finished with nine tackles and Alec Steuber had eight tackles with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Zach Franklin, Dwane Simmons and Jamie Myers all had interceptions in the game.
Overall Washburn finished with 367 yards of offense holding the Lopers to 301 yards.

A win for Washburn over Pittsburg State would . . .
• lift the Ichabods to 531-566-44 in their football history.
• move the Ichabods to 2-1 on the season and in the MIAA.
• snap a two-game losing streak to the Gorillas and would be the first win over the Gorillas since a 43-25 win at PSU on Nov. 5, 2011 when the Gorillas were ranked No. 2 in the nation.
• improve head coach Craig Schurig to 6-7 all-time against the Gorillas.
• make the Ichabods 23-62-1 against the Gorillas all-time.

A loss for Washburn to Pittsburg State would . . .
• drop the Ichabods to 530-567-44 in their football history.
• be the third-straight loss to the Gorillas.
• make the Ichabods 22-63-1 all-time against Pittsburg State.
• drop the Ichabods to 1-2 overall and 1-2 in the MIAA.

Washburn Football History
• Washburn is 530-566-44 (.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 second regular season poll. 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
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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