TOPEKA, Kan. – The Washburn Ichabods picked off three Missouri Western passes including one in the end zone on the final play of the game while kicking three field goals leading to a 16-13 win over the Griffons on homecoming Saturday in Yager Stadium. With the win the Ichabods recorded their second-straight win over the Griffons and improved to 6-2 on the season.
With the Ichabods holding the 16-13 lead, Washburn was stopped on a fourth-and-two from the Griffon 19 turning the ball over to Western with 1:24 left in the game. The Griffons took advantage of two Ichabod penalties and moved the ball to the Ichabod nine yard line with 28 seconds left. The Griffons’ spiked the ball to stop the clock and on second down, Keaton Cofield picked off Corey Bertini in the back of the endzone wrapping up the Homecoming victory for the Ichabods.
The Griffons took a 3-0 lead on their first drive of the game and then the Ichabods tied the score on the first of Perry Schmiedeler’s three field goals on the afternoon with a 27-yard conversion with 5:00 left in the first quarter.
Missouri Western went up 6-3 after a 24-yard field goal of its own on the ensuing possession with 2:20 left in the opening quarter. The Griffons, who dropped to 4-6 on the season, stretched their lead to 13-3 when Bertini hit Dijuan Ussery on a 45-yard touchdown pass with 7:47 left in the first half.
The Ichabods came back with a score of its own when Wesley Collins scored on a 1-yard plunge with 44 seconds left in the half to trim the Griffon lead to 13-10 entering the break.
After trading punts to start the second half, Schmiedeler hit a 43-yard field goal tying the score at 13 with 9:31 to go in the third quarter as the defense set the Ichabod offense up at the Griffon 23 after Peter Pfannenstiel stripped Ussery of the ball which was recovered by Austin Tillman.
On the Griffons’ next possession, Trevin Wiens picked off Bertini and returned it to the Western 36-yard line. Washburn’s drive stalled, but Schmiedeler hit a career-long 50-yard field goal with 6:46 to play putting Washburn up 16-13 wrapping up the scoring for both teams as the teams combined for 82 rushing yards and 51 passing yards in the fourth quarter.
Washburn’s defense was led by Corey Ballentine and Cody Heiman who each had nine tackles. Tillman had seven with a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery.
Offensively Mickeel Steart had 68 yards on 13 carries and Collins finished with 50 yards on 14 carries and a score. Derek McGinnis was 10 of 20 for 145 and was sacked three times. James Brania-Hopp had four catches for 42 yards.
Washburn finished with 296 total yards while the Griffons had 361 overall with 109 coming on the ground.
Washburn will hit the road for the final time next Saturday in Edmond, Okla., when they will take on Central Oklahoma for the Bronchos’ homecoming game.