Washburn gets to early start, holds on to win against Fort Hays State

TOPEKA, Kan. (WU Athletics) — The Washburn Ichabods scored touchdowns in all three phases of the game picking up a 30-24 win over Fort Hays State on Saturday afternoon in Yager Stadium. Washburn returns to action on Oct. 22 at Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

The Ichabods (5-2, 5-2 MIAA) jumped on the board first with their special teams touchdown of the day when Cody Summers scored on a fake field goal from 26-yards out capping Washburn’s first drive of the game as Washburn went up 7-0 with 10:28 left in the first quarter.

After the teams possessions, including the Ichabods turning it over on downs inside the Tiger 2-yard line. After three plays gaining one yard, Tiger quarterback Jacob Mezera was sacked by Akhmad Abdul-Razzaq and Austin Tillman recovered it into the end zone scoring the Ichabod defensive touchdown putting Washburn up 13-0 after the missed extra point.

Washburn’s offense joined the scoring with a 67-yard touchdown strike from Derek McGinnis to Bryce Chavis for a score on the fourth play of the fourth quarter as the Ichabods increased their lead to 20-0 with 13:27 remaining in the first half.

The Tigers (5-2, 5-2 MIAA) scored on their next possession cutting the Ichabod lead to 20-7 needing eight plays and 67 yards to trim the Ichabod lead.

After the Ichabods came up empty on their next drive, the Tigers cut the lead to 20-14 on a 58-yard touchdown pass from Mezera to Shaquille Cooper with 6:30 to play in the half.

Washburn’s Perry Schmiedeler added a career-long 44-yard field goal on Washburn’s next possession putting Washburn up 23-14 with 4:49 left in the second quarter wrapping up the scoring in the first half.

The Ichabod special teams scored their second touchdown of the day when the Tigers were stopped on their first drive of the half and were forced to punt. Chavis recorded his first punt return for a score with an 83-yard scamper extending the Ichabod lead to 30-14.

Neither team would score until 1:32 left in the Tigers wrapped up a 55-yard drive scoring trimming Washburn’s lead back to 30-17. Washburn was outgained 159 to 29 in the third quarter.

In the fourth, both teams were scoreless until the Tigers finished off the scoring with 52 seconds to play. The ensuing onside kick attempt by the Tigers was recovered by Curtis Whitten and the Ichabods would run out the clock picking up their 10th-straight win over the Tigers in Topeka.

Reigning MIAA Defensive Player of the Week Trevin Wiens led the Ichabods with 10 tackles. Cody Heiman had nine tackles with a half sack, a tackle for loss, an interception and a pass break up while Abdul-Razzaq had seven tackles with two sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss for 24 yards and a forced fumble which set was recovered for an Ichabod touchdown adding two pass break ups. Overall the Ichabods had nine tackles for loss for 47 yards and three sacks for 24.

Wesley Collins led the Ichabods with 57 yards rushing and McGinnis was 8 of 20 passes for 145 yards and one score.

Chavis finished with 101 receiving yards on four catches and one score and had 189 all-purpose yards in the game.

Washburn was outgained 433 to 299 in total yards and 24 to 17 in first downs.

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