Washburn football aims to bounce back against Lindenwood

Courtesy: Washburn Athletics

Opening Notes
• The Washburn Ichabod football team returns home on Saturday night to face the Lindenwood Lions to wrap up Family Day festivities at Washburn.
• The Ichabods (1-1, 1-1 MIAA) are coming off a 41-7 loss at No. 1-ranked Northwest Missouri on Sept. 8 in Maryville, Mo.
• The Lions (1-1, 1-1 MIAA) after falling at Northeastern State in a 35-31 loss.
• The Ichabods are looking to snap a two-game losing streak to the Lions, who won the last meeting 20-14 in St. Charles, Mo. and then won the last game played in Topeka in a 44-38 shootout win.
• Washburn is 2-2 against the Lions all-time.
• The Ichabods are coming off a 5-6 season finishing eighth in the 2015 MIAA standings.
• After a loss in the Craig Schurig era, the Ichabods are 30-27.
• Lindenwood linebacker Connor Harris broke the NCAA Division II tackles record against Northeastern State and now has 522 for his career. The NCAA all-division record is 550 total tackles.
• The Ichabod tackles record is held by co-defensive coordinator Zach Watkins, who finished third all-time in the NCAA Division II rankings with 473.
• The Ichabods are averaging 3.9 yards per carry on first down, 4.4 yards per carry on second down and 2.7 yards per carry on third down.
• When passing, Washburn is 5 of 16 on first down, 9 of 18 on second down, 12 of 23 on third down and 0 of 2 on fourth down.

Know the Foe
• Lindenwood is 1-1 this season after falling in the final seconds at Northeastern State 35-31.
• The Lions knocked off Central Oklahoma 49-26 in their season opener at home.
• Calen Campbell leads the team with 121.0 yards per game and rushed for 146 yards against Northeastern State.
• Mason Bendigo is averaging 238.5 yards per game through the air and has four touchdown passes with five interceptions completing 55 percent of his passing attempts.
• Kendell Sparks leads the team with 19 catches and DeSean Warren is averaging 102.5 yards per game receiving averaging 25.6 yards per catch.
• Connor Harris leads the team on defense with 27 tackles and two for loss …he became the NCAA Division II ranks all-time leading tackler against Northeastern State.

Series Facts
• Lindenwood has won the last two meetings after the Ichabods won the first two in the series.
• Lindenwood is 1-1 in games played in Topeka.
• Washburn lost last season in St. Charles, Mo., 20-14 on Sept. 3, 2015.
• The Ichabods’ 44-35 win on Oct. 25, 2013 in the first meeting in the series is the largest win by either team in the series.
• Both of the Lion’s wins have been by six points.

Up Next
The Ichabods hit the road again to take on Nebraska-Kearney with a 2 p.m. kick time. Washburn is back in action at home on Oct. 1 when they will face Pittsburg State with kick scheduled for 1 p.m.

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