Washburn football tries to bounce back, prepares for UCM

Courtesy: Washburn Athletics

Opening Notes
• The Washburn Ichabods return home for the MIAA TV Game of the Week when they will host Central Missouri on Saturday at Yager Stadium.
• The game will also be Hall of Fame Saturday as Washburn will introduce former Ichabod quarter Joe Schartz, golfer David Carson and the 2005 NCAA Women’s Division II Basketball championship team into the Hall of Fame.
• Washburn is in a three-way tie for fifth with Central Missouri and Missouri Western. Fort Hays State and Pittsburg State are tied for second. Northwest Missouri and Emporia State are on top with 5-0 records.
• Both the Ichabods and Mules received votes in this week’s AFCA top 25 coaches poll.

‘Bods and Ends
• Washburn is 5-3 on the MIAA’s TV Game of the Week. The Ichabods are looking to snap a two-game slide in TV games. Last season Washburn fell 42-0 to Pittsburg State and in 2013 topped Central Oklahoma 28-19. In 2011 Washburn topped Lincoln 66-26 and Truman 42-14 and in 2010 Washburn beat Pittsburg State 35-34 in two overtimes and Emporia State 42-0 in Topeka. Overall Washburn has outscored its opponents 233-170.
• Washburn is last in the MIAA in penalties averaging 83.4 yards per game after being called for 45 penalties. Central Missouri is third in penalties recording 49.6 yards per game. Washburn opponents are averaging 64.2 yards per game in penalties this season while Central Missouri opponents are averaging 60 yards per game in penalties.
• Central Missouri is making its first appearance in Yager Stadium since a 39-21 win over the Ichabods on Nov. 12, 2011.
• The last three games the Ichabods have put up 457, 451 and 455 yards of total offense against Pittsburg State, Missouri Southern and Fort Hays State respectively.
• The Ichabods ran 89 plays against Fort Hays State and 95 against Missouri Southern. The 95 total offensive plays against Missouri Southern was one shy of the school record of 96 set in 1988 against Emporia State.
• The Ichabods’ longest touchdown rush has been three yards this season. Hayden Groves has two 3-yard runs with one against Fort Hays State and one against Missouri Southern and Mickeel Stewart has a 3-yard run against Fort Hays State.

Coaching Staffs
Ichabod head coach Craig Schurig . . .
• was named head coach of the Ichabod football program Dec. 28, 2001.
• is 94-60 (.611) in his 14th season as the Ichabod head coach.
• is 76-50 (.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 94 wins.
• is 3-8 against Central Missouri.

Central Missouri head coach Jim Svoboda . . .
• has a record of 42-21 (.661) in his sixth season leading the Mules. He has led the Mules to three postseason appearances, including a berth in last season’s Texarkana Bowl.
• in fifth place on Central Missouri’s career wins list, just two wins shy of fourth place.
• his .672 winning percentage entering the 2015 season is the fifth highest for a UCM coach.
• has coached the Mules to 81 school offensive records and 21 MIAA offensive records during his tenure.
• is 3-0 against Washburn.

Defensive Notes
• Safety Shay Wooten leads the Ichabods with 38 tackles (14 solo). He has recorded 27 tackles on rushing plays and 11 on passing plays.
• Defensive end Akhmad Abdul-Razzaq has 37 tackles overall (16 solo) which is second on the team while his 6.0 tackles for loss for 15 yards is tied for the team lead. Thirty of his tackles have coming on rushing plays. His 12 tackles against Missouri Southern was a career high.
• Defensive end Spencer Matthews is tied for the team lead with 6.0 tackles for loss for a team-high 42 yards and his 4.0 sacks for 31 yards leads the team.
• Linebacker Cody Heiman is fourth on the team with 35 tackles (15 solo). He had a career-high 11 tackles against Missouri Southern earlier this season.
• Linebacker Alec Steuber is tied for second with 37 tackles and his two interceptions (both against Fort Hays State) lead the team. He returned one 48 yards for a touchdown against the Tigers last time out.
• The Ichabods have six interceptions as Steuber has two and Zach Franklin, Dwane Simmons, Jamie Myers and Cody Heiman all have one. Simmons returned his 56 yards against Nebraska-Kearney and Heiman returned one for 40 yards against Pittsburg State for his first career interception.
• Washburn has 30 pass breakups this season and they are led by Franklin’s 10.
• Austin Tillman had a career-high six tackles (2 solo) against the Tigers and Dwane Simmons had a career-high five tackles against last time out.
• As a team the Ichabods are ranked tied for fifth in scoring defense at 22.2 points per game and fourth in total defense allowing 371.0 yards per game.
• On pass defense the Ichabods are ranked fourth in the MIAA allowing 207.8 yards per game while ranking sixth in rush defense at 163.8 yards per game.

Offensive Notes
• Derek McGinnis has completed 55 percent of his passing attempts connecting on 107 of 196 passing attempts with 12 touchdowns and five interceptions. He is averaging 267.0 yards per game passing … his 12 passing touchdowns are second in the league and was named the MIAA Offensive Player of the Week after the Pitt State game. He is third in the MIAA in passing per game and fourth in the league in total offense at 268.2 yards per game.
• Brandon Bourbon has 102 carries for the Ichabods for 443 yards and two score averaging 88.6 yards per game and 4.3 yards per carry. He is fifth in the MIAA in rushing yards per game.
• Hayden Groves has 58 carries for 282 yards and ranks 12th in the MIAA with 56.4 yards per game rushing.
• Bryce Chavis leads the team with 24 catches for 390 yards averaging 16.3 yards per catch with a team-high four touchdowns. He is fourth in the MIAA in receiving yards and fifth in receptions per game with 4.3.
• Connor Crimmins has 16 catches for 177 yards and two scores.
• Anthony Daniels has 14 catches for 212 yards.
• Jordan Hart has appeared in 28 games making five starts and has 17 catches for 294 yards and two scores this season. His 1,310 career receiving yards is 15th on the all-time Ichabod chart trailing Jake Lebahn who had 1,384 yards.
• Senior fullback Sam Eickhoff had his first touchdown reception of his career against Lindenwood and his two catches against Pitt State was a career-high.
• Junior offensive lineman Michael Miller has made 27 straight starts on the offensive line.

Ichabod Special Team Notes
• Freshman Perry Schmiedeler connected on his first collegiate field goal attempt of 35 yards against Fort Hays State last time out. His six points (1 FG, 3 PAT’s) was a season-high in points. He has 28 punts for 992 yards averaging 35.4 per punt. He is averaging 56.4 yards per kickoff attempt with one touchback recorded against Missouri Southern.
• Jaime Myers is averaging 11.0 yards per punt return on three attempts and Bryce Chavis is averaging 9.7 yards per punt return on three attempts.
• Zach Franklin leads the team on kickoff returns averaging 29 yards per attempt on five returns. Hayden Groves has four returns for 138 yards averaging 34.5 per return. Jake Horner has two returns for 40 yards and Jaime Myers has two for 35 yards.
• Freshman linebacker Derrick McGreevy leads the Ichabods with six special teams tackles with all of them coming on kickoff coverage.
• Jarvis Harrod has three of Washburn’s nine tackles on punt coverage.

Know the Foe
• Central Missouri is 3-2 this season and has won its last two by an average of 37.5 points per game after beating Nebraska-Kearney 38-7 this Missouri Southern 54-10 last time out.
• The Mules are averaging 309 yards per game passing and 482 yards per game in total offense.
• Reigning MIAA Player of the Week Garrett Fugate is passing for 294 yards per game completing 59 percent of his passes with 11 touchdowns and three interceptions while rushing for 55 yards per game.
• Markel Smith is averaging 64.4 yards per game on 77 carries with 4.2 yards per carry.
• Jaylen Zachery has a team-high 22 catches for 489 yards with four touchdowns averaging 97.8 yards per game receiving.
• Defensively the Mules are allowing 348.6 yards per game with 267 yards per game through the air and only 81.6 yard per game rushing.
• Alex Lackey and Austin Miller each have 34 tackles. Jason Venckus has 19 tackles with 5.5 tackles for loss for 30 yards and 2.5 sacks for 14 yards.

Series Facts with Central Missouri
Series Record: UCM leads 24-18-2
Streaks: UCM has won the last three
First Meeting: WU 6-0 (09/27/1902) in Topeka
Last Meeting: UCM 44-0 (10/11/2014) in Warrensburg, Mo.
Last WU win: 36-21 (09/26/2009) in Topeka
Last UCM win: 44-0 (10/11/2014) in Warrensburg, Mo.
Largest WU win: 34-0 (09/28/1963) in Topeka
Largest UCM win: 44-0 (10/11/2014) in Warrensburg, Mo.

Series Notes with Central Missouri
• The Mules lead the all-time series 24-18-2.
• Overall the Mules have won the last three meetings.
• Saturday’s game will be the first in Topeka between the two teams since Nov. 12, 2011 when UCM won 39-21.
• Washburn is 11-11-2 in 24 games against the Mules in Yager Stadium.
• In games played in Warrensburg, Washburn is 7-13.

Last Meeting with Central Missouri
(10/11/2014) WARRENSBURG, Mo. — The Washburn Ichabod football team suffered its second shutout loss of the season in a 44-0 loss at Central Missouri on Saturday afternoon.
Calvin Kenney went into double-figure tackles for the fourth-straight game as he had a career-high 17 tackles with 10 solo stops to lead the Ichabod defense.
The Mules took a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter on a 23-yard field goal and would never look back as they took a 10-lead into the halftime break. The Mules added to their lead lifting it to 20-0 on the first drive of the second half with 12:06 to play and a field goal with 4:41 to go stretching the lead to 23-0.
The Mules added a score with 12 seconds to play in the third quarter and then a 33-yard pick six with 6:31 to play in the game stretched the lead to 37-0. Central wrapped up the scoring with 23-yard run making the final margin 44-0.
Washburn recorded 10 first downs in the game while the Mules recorded 28 racking up 451 yards of total offense on 85 plays. Washburn was held in check for 183 yards on 62 carries. On third down Washburn was 2 of 13 on third down conversions after going 0 of 7 in the first half.
Vershon Moore had 36 yards on the ground on 13 carries while Zeke Palmer finished 12 of 25 for 116 yards. DaJuan Beard recorded three catches for 24 yards and Jordan Hart had two catches for 42 yards.
Behind Kenney’s 17 tackles, Jaime Myers had 11 tackles with two for loss. Alec Steuber had nine tackles and Spenser Matthews had eight tackles with 3.5 tackles for loss for 12 yards.

Last time out for Central Missouri
(10/02/2015) WARRENSBURG, Mo. — Central Missouri racked up a school record 705 yards of total offense in a 54-10 blowout win over Missouri Southern in front of 10,477 fans on Family Weekend at Walton Stadium/Kennedy Field. UCM had 335 yards on the ground and 370 through the air.
The Mules (3-2, 3-2 MIAA) got the scoring started on a Jordan Keeney one-yard plunge with 9:35 to go in the first quarter. The touchdown was set up by a 52-yard Garrett Fugate to Alex Strong pass that gave UCM a first and goal at the one on the first play of the drive.
The Mules exploded in the second quarter for 24 points to blow the game open. On UCM’s second play of the quarter, Fugate hit a wide open Jaylen Zachery for a 57-yard touchdown strike to put the Mules in front 14-0. Following a Southern (1-4, 1-4 MIAA) three and out, the Mules went on a nine-play, 70-yard drive that was capped by a Rodney Smith two-yard touchdown run, his first as a Mule and the lead was 21-0.
Following another three and out the Mules put more points on the board with a Billy Greco 30-yard field goal to make it 24-0.
The Mules drove deep into Lion territory late in the first half, but Fugate was picked off in the end zone by Johnquavious McBride to halt the drive. However, on Southern’s first play following the turnover, Monteze Latimore picked off a Kyle Keller pass and returned it to the Lion 25 yard line with :31 left. Two plays later, Fugate hit Josh Pickrell for an 18-yard score and the Mules led 31-0 at halftime.
UCM took the opening kickoff of the second half and drove 75 yards in eight plays to push the lead to 38-0. Markel Smith scored from three-yards out to cap the drive. The Mules’ defense forced another three and out from the Lions and UCM poured it on. Fugate got into the run scoring action with a seven-yard run of his own to make it 45-0 still with 10:46 to play in the third quarter.
The lead ballooned to 52-0 on an Eric Siebenshuh eight-yard scamper before the Lions finally got on the board with a 22-yard Brock Renken field goal to make it 52-3 with 2:57 to play in the third.
Anthony Saputo recorded a safety early in the fourth quarter to make it 54-3 before the Lions added a late score for the 54-10 final.
Fugate finished the game with 448 yards of total offense, the fourth highest single-game total in school history. He was 21-of-29 for 343 yards and two touchdowns through the air and also rushed for 105 yards and a score.
Markel Smith added 74 yards on 17 carries with a score as the Mules racked up five rushing touchdowns. Alex Strong had a team-high five catches for 113 yards, while Zachery caught four balls for a game-high 127 yards and a score. Eleven different UCM receivers caught passes.
Alex Lackey and TuiSamoa Magalei led the UCM defense with six tackles apiece. The unit held the Lions to 304 yards of offense and just 75 on the ground.
Keller finished the game 18-of-36 for 188 yards with a score and an interception for MSSU. Defensively, the Lions were led by McBride’s nine tackles and interception. Dominick Bell also finished with nine tackles and a tackle for loss.

Last time out for Washburn
(10/02/2015) HAYS, Kan. — Trailing by 13 entering the fourth quarter, Washburn’s comeback came up short in a 35-30 loss to Fort Hays State snapping the Ichabods’ seven-game winning streak over the Tigers.
With 8:05 remaining in the game, Hayden Groves scored on a 3-yard run capping a 12-play drive pulling the Ichabods (3-2, 3-2 MIAA) within 35-24.
After forcing a Tiger punt, the Ichabods scored again to cut the margin to five at 35-30 with 5:22 to play in the game.
Again the defense held and Washburn took over after a Fort Hays State punt at its own 20 and drove down to the Ichabod 41, but the pass on fourth down fell incomplete wrapping up the win for the Tigers.
To start the game the Tigers drove 82 yards on nine plays to take the 7-0 lead.
Washburn got on the board on a 48-yard pick six by Alec Steuber with the first of his two interceptions on the day. His pick tied the score with 4:12 remaining in the first quarter.
The Tigers would score the next 14 points to go up 21-7 with 7:18 to play in the first half.
Perry Schmiedeler connected on a 35-yard field goal with 5:16 to play in the half cutting the lead to 21-10 to play. After another Tiger score, Washburn’s Hayden Grove scored on a 39-yard pass play from Derek McGinnis with 22 seconds cutting the lead to 28-17.
In the third, the Tigers scored to go up 35-17 for the only score of the third quarter.
The teams combined for 921 total yards as the Ichabods finished with 455 while the Tigers gained 466 yards.
Groves finished with 87 yards on 17 carries and one score on the ground. McGinnis finished 26 for 45 for 280 yards and one score. Groves finished with 267 all-purpose yards gaining 87 on the ground, 72 receiving on seven catches and 108 on kickoff returns. His total yards was fifth on the all-purpose yard single game chart.
Shay Wooten led the Ichabods with eight tackles and Steuber had seven tackles with five solo stops and two interceptions. He became the first Ichabod to record two interceptions in a game since Willie Williams had two at Nebraska-Kearney on Sept. 5, 2013.

A win for Washburn over Central Missouri would . . .
• lift the Ichabods to 533-567-44 in their football history.
• move the Ichabods to 4-2 on the season and in the MIAA.
• move the Ichabods to 19-24-2 all-time against the Mules.
• snap a three-game losing streak to the Mules and the first win since a 36-21 win on Sept. 26, 2009 in Topeka.

A loss for Washburn to Central Missouri would . . .
• drop the Ichabods to 533-567-44 in their football history.
• be the fourth-straight win by the Mules over the Ichabods and second-straight in Topeka.

Washburn Football History
• Washburn is 532-567-44 (.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 received votes in this week’s poll for the third-straight week. Under head coach Craig Schurig, the Ichabods have been ranked or have received votes in the AFCA poll 55 times and have been ranked in the top 10 a total of 15 times.

Up Next
Washburn will travel to St. Joseph, Mo, to take on Missouri Western on Oct. 17 and then return home to face Central Oklahoma on Oct. 24 for the Grand Homecoming wrapping up the 150th year of Washburn’s four-year celebration.

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