JOPLIN, Mo. (WU Athletics) — The Washburn Ichabod defense picked off a school-record six Missouri Southern passes and head coach Craig Schurig picked up career win No. 100 as the Ichabods poined the Lions’ homecoming in a 45-13 win.
Washburn (4-2, 4-2 MIAA) scored on its first possession of the game capping a nine-play, 59-yard drive as Perry Schmiedeler connected on a 28-yard field goal 3:19 into the game.
Neither team would score until Heath Tucker picked off Brayden Scott for his first career interception and returned it 47 yards for a score with 49 seconds left in the first half staking Washburn to a 10-0 lead entering the halftime break.
After trading punts to open the second half, the Lions drove down to the Ichabod 10, but Trevin Wiens picked off the Lions for their sixth interception of the day. Washburn came back and converted it into a score when Wesley Collins finished off a 12-play, 94-yard drive putting Washburn up 17-0 with 3:39 left in the third quarter with his first touchdown rush of his collegiate career.
On the Ichabods’ next drive, Washburn needed only 55 seconds and three plays to go 49 yards going up 24-0 when Collins scored again on a 4-yard touchdown run.
Back to back scores by the Lions cut the lead to 24-13 with 8:56 to play in the game.
Washburn ending the Lions’ scoring run when Mickeel Stewart scored from 2-yards out converting a pair of long passes with 7:08 to play in the game as the Ichabods would go up 31-13.
After a Lions score was called back because of a penalty, Missouri Southern fumbled on the next play and Cody Heiman scooped it up and returned it 60 yards for the Ichabods’ second defensive score of the day with 6:06 to play in the game expanding the Washburn lead to 38-13.
With 3:13 to play in the game after the Lions threw their sixth interception of the game, Kenyatte Harris, Jr., scored on a run up the middle finishing off a 40-yard drive as Washburn would go up 45-13.
With the win, Schurig became the fifth MIAA coach to reach 100 wins joining Chuck Broyles from Pittsburg State who had 198 wins followed by Mel Tjeerdsma from Northwest Missouri with 183 who have both retired. Current Missouri Western head coach Jerry Partridge has 148 win and former Missouri S&T (Rolla) coach Charlie Finley recorded 100, which is fourth all-time in the MIAA. With the win over Lindenwood, Schurig passed former Central Missouri coach Willie Fritz who had 97.
Washburn’s six interceptions tied a school record. Washburn picked off six passes against Missouri Western in games in 1983 and 1974 and a game against Fort Hays State in 1975.
Heiman and Wiens each had 10 tackles to lead the Ichabods while Wiens added two interceptions and two break ups while Heiman had the 60-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown adding a 1/2 sack in the process.
Corey Ballentine also recorded two interceptions adding eight tackles and Austin Tillman had eight tackles as well.
Collins and Stewart each finished over the 100-yard mark as Collins had 15 carries for 122 yards and two scores while Stewart had 21 carries for 108 yards and one score.
Derek McGinnis had 213 yards passing completing 12 of 25 passes throwing to eight different receivers led by Bryce Chavis’ three catches for 57 yards and Jake Horner had three grabs for 50 yards.
Washburn finished with 494 yards in total offense compared to 338 for the Lions and outgained them 281 to 100 on the ground.
Washburn returns to action on Oct. 15 when they will host Fort Hays State in a 1 p.m. start time.