Washburn football aims to slow down Fort Hays State

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• The Washburn Ichabods are back in Yager Stadium on Saturday when they will play host to Fort Hays State with a 1 p.m. kickoff in Topeka.
• The Ichabods (4-2, 4-2 MIAA) are coming off a 45-13 win over Missouri Southern scoring 35 points in the second half and forcing seven Lion turnovers including a school-record-tying six interceptions.
• The Tigers, who received votes in this week’s AFCA top 25 coaches poll and were ranked No. 23 in the d2football.com poll, rolled up 54 points in a 54-41 win over Pittsburg State on the road and the most points scored against the Gorillas in the series history between the two teams improving to 5-1 on the season.
• The Ichabods lead the all-time series 43-24-3 over the Tigers and have won 10 of the last 12 and six of the last seven after the Tigers broke the Ichabods’ six-game winning streak with a 35-30 win in Hays last season on Oct. 3.
• The Ichabods have not lost to the Tigers in Topeka since a Oct. 26, 1985, 30-0 loss to FHSU – since then the Ichabods have won the last nine in a row. The Tigers did have a forfeit win on Nov. 7, 1987 after a 49-12 Ichabod win, but Washburn used several illegal players resulting in the forfeit win for the Tigers.
• Fort Hays State head coach Chris Brown was an assistant at Washburn as the defensive coordinator for nine years and the Tigers’ defensive coordinator Cooper Harris spent 10 seasons as a coach at Washburn including the last as defensive coordinator.
• The Tigers also have former Ichabod defensive back Steven Dudley on their coaching staff.
• Ichabod head coach Craig Schurig picked up career win No. 100 at Washburn in the win over Missouri Southern last time out joining Chuck Broyles (Pittsburg State – 198), Mel Tjeerdsma (Northwest Missouri – 183), Jerry Partridge (Missouri Western – 148) and Charlie Finley (Missouri-Rolla/S&T – 100) as the only MIAA coaches to win at least 100 games as members of the MIAA.
• The Ichabods have had 60 plays of longer than 20 yards this season including 15 more than 40 yards.
• On the ground, the Ichabods are averaging 5.1 yards per carry on first down, 5.0 yards per carry on second down and 3.8 yards per carry on third down … on fourth down the Ichabods are averaging -3.0 yards per carry on three attempts.
• When passing, Washburn is 28 of 60 on first down, 27 of 58 on second down, 34 of 79 on third down and 4 of 8 on fourth down.
• The Ichabods are last in the MIAA in penalties with 54 for 506 yards averaging 84.3 yards per game … Washburn is 10th in opponent penalties at 40 for an average of 54.2 yards per game.
• The Ichabods had two 100-yard rushers against Missouri Southern as Wesley Collins (122) and Mickeel Stewart (108) each went over the century mark … it was only the seventh time in school history the Ichabods had two 100+ yard rushers in a game and it was the first time since Oct. 29, 2011 when Justin Cooper (111) and Sean McPherson (108) went over the mark against Fort Hays State.
• Cody Heiman’s 60-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown against Missouri Southern was the longest since Travis Smith recorded one for 62 yards at Fort Hays State on Sept. 12, 1998.
• The school-record six interceptions were the most by an Ichabod team since recording four against Fort Hays State on Sept. 14, 2013.

Up Next
Washburn returns to the road with a game at Central Missouri in Warrensburg on Oct. 22 for the Mules’ homecoming game with a 1:30 p.m. kick.

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