TOPEKA, Kan. (WU Athletics) — The Washburn Ichabod football team jumped out to a big lead and then held off a furious comeback attempt from Lindenwood intercepting a pass in the end zone on the final play of the game in a 34-29 win over the Lions. Washburn (2-1, 2-1 MIAA) will be on the road next week at Nebraska-Kearney.
After taking a 34-13 lead into the halftime locker room, the Ichabods allowed 16 unanswered point as the Lions’ last-second heave with one second left on the clock from the Ichabod 48 was picked off in the end zone by Jace Williams sealing the win for the Ichabods.
The Ichabods racked up 304 yards in the first half, but were limited to 100 yards in the second half.
The Lions (1-2, 1-2 MIAA) took the opening kickoff and marched 78 yards in 11 plays going up 7-0 on their first drive of the game. Washburn tied the score with 6:07 to play in the first quarter when Derek McGinnis hit Jake Horner on a 62-yard touchdown pass.
The second quarter, the Ichabods defense set the offense up with the first of two scores within a span of 1:27 when Cedric Gonzalez recovered a fumble after a Kastin Spencer sack. One play later McGinnis connected with Jace Williams on an 18-yard touchdown pass with 14:16 to go.
After the defense forced a three-and-out, McGinnis hit Bryce Chavis on a 51-yard touchdown pass with 12:17 to play in the half putting Washburn up 28-7.
After a Cody Heiman’s interception at the Ichabod 45 with 8:41 left in the first half, Chavis scored his second touchdown of the night on an end around run from 25 yards out putting Washburn up 34-7 entering the break.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Lions scored on their first three possessions of the fourth quarter to cut the Ichabod lead to five at 34-29 as the Ichabods were outgained in the second half 253 to 100.
Heiman had a career-high 14 tackles leading the Ichabods with nine solo stops adding a 1/2 sack and an interception. Austin Tillman had 11 tackles adding two for loss and a sack.
Mickeel Stewart rushed for 47 yards on 14 carries and Chris McGee, Jr., recorded 41 yards on 12 carries and a score.
McGinnis finished 14 of 24 passing for 247 yards and three scores while passing to eight different receivers led by Horner with 101 yards on four catches and a score and Chavis had four catches for 70 yards and a touchdown reception.
Lindenwood finished with 28 first downs to the Ichabods 16 and outgained the Ichabods 423 to 404.
Washburn had 157 yards on the ground and the Lions finished with 162. Through the air, Washburn had 247 to while the Lions had 261.
Jace Williams became the first Ichabod since Carey Williams on Oct. 6, 2007 to record a receiving touchdown and an interception in the game game when Carey did it against Missouri Southern.