Washburn suffers tough loss to Pitt State

TOPEKA, Kan. (WU Athletics) — The Washburn Ichabod football lost for the first time at home this season in a 45-27 loss to Pittsburg State on Saturday in Yager Stadium. Washburn returns to action on Oct. 8 at Missouri Southern.

Pittsburg State jumped on the board on the Ichabods’ first play from scrimmage returning an Ichabod pass 15 yards for a pick-six.

Washburn came right back on its next drive to cut the lead to 7-3 after Perry Schmiedeler hit a 34-yard field goal with 10:54 left in the first quarter.

Washburn would go on to take the lead with 5:52 left in the opening stanza when Derek McGinnis found Carey Woods on a 29-yard pass play putting Washburn up 10-7.

Schmiedeler’s second field goal of the afternoon on a 40-yard kick with 8:55 left in the first half stretched the Ichabod lead to 13-7 however back to back scores by the Gorillas ending the half sent the teams to the lockerroom with a 21-13 lead.

Another pair of Pitt State scores in the third quarter pushed the Gorillas’ margin out to 35-13 before McGinnis and Woods hooked up on another 29-yard touchdown connection trimming the lead back to 35-20.

The Gorillas added a field goal and another touchdown going up 45-20 before the Ichabods’ Logan Twehous hit Austen Hubert in traffic on a 21-yard touchdown pass for the Ichabods’ final score of the day.

The Ichabods outgained the Gorillas 491 to 365, as the Ichabods were aided by a 93-yard kickoff return for a score and two pick-six interception returns.

Washburn (3-2, 3-2 MIAA) gained 24 first downs and 24 first downs overall compared to 18 and 102 respectively for the Gorillas (4-1, 4-1 MIAA).

Washburn passed for 316 yards overall holding the Gorillas to 263.

Individually, Mickeel Stewart rushed for 61 yards on 16 carries. McGinnis was 13 of 32 for 260 yards and two touchdowns and Anthony Daniels, Jr., had three catches for 72 yards.

Keaton Cofield and Corey Ballentine each had six tackles and Austin Tillman and Peter Pfannenstiel each had five.

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