Ichabod football focused on playing a complete game Saturday

Washburn football

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Opening Notes
• The Washburn Ichabod football team will be looking for its second-straight win as they travel to Kearney, Neb., to take on the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers with a 2 p.m. kickoff on Sept. 24.
• The Ichabods (2-1, 2-1 MIAA) are coming off a 34-29 win over Lindenwood last time out in front of a Family Day crowd in Yager Stadium of 6,721 fans.
• The Lopers (0-3, 0-3 MIAA) are falling to No. 1-ranked Northwest Missouri 52-14 in Maryville … Saturday’s game will be Homecoming for the Lopers.
• The Ichabods have won the last seven in the series and eight of the last 10 overall.
• Last season’s game in Topeka started on Sept. 10 and ending the following morning after 97-minute delay pushed the game to finish the following morning … in all, the game finished 18 hours and 12 minutes after the original start time.
• Washburn trails in the all-time series 10-14 … Washburn has won the last three meetings played in Kearney.
• The Ichabods have had 25 plays of longer than 20 yards this season including four more than 50 yards.
• The Ichabods are averaging 3.9 yards per carry on first down, 4.0 yards per carry on second down and 2.5 yards per carry on third down … on fourth down the Ichabods are averaging 5.5 yards per carry on two attempts.
• When passing, Washburn is 10 of 22 on first down, 13 of 25 on second down, 17 of 34 on third down and 0 of 3 on fourth down.
• Ichabod quarterback Derek McGinnis’ younger brother Alex is redshirt freshman quarterback at Nebraska-Kearney.

Coaches
Washburn Ichabod head coach Craig Schurig . . .
• was named head coach of the Ichabod football program Dec. 28, 2001.
• is 98-65 (.611) in his 15th season as the Ichabod head coach.
• is 80-55 (.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 football coach with 97 wins.
• is 2-2 all-time against Lindenwood.

Nebraska-Kearney head coach Josh Lamberson . . .
• is 0-13 in his second 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.
• 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 0-1 against Washburn.

Up Next
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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