Sept. 5, 2009

Courtesy of Washburn

TOPEKA, Kan. -- The Washburn Ichabods scored 61 first half points en route to a school-record 82 points in an 82-21 win over New Mexico Highlands. Washburn will be back in action on Sept. 12 when they open the MIAA slate with Missouri Southern in Yager Stadium at 6 p.m.

Washburn (2-0) scored 14 points in 32 seconds jumping out to the early lead. The Ichabods opened the game with a 9-play, 63-yard drive capped by a 7-yard touchdown reception from Dane Simoneau to Justin Cooper. On the Cowboys second play from scrimmage, Zach Watkins forced a fumble which was recovered by Marty Pfannenstiel. Two plays later Simoneau connected with Brad Cole on a 14-yard strike with 10:13 on the clock.

New Mexico Highlands took over with 10:06 on the clock and after driving to their own 19, the Ichabods forced a fourth down punt which was blocked by Brody Schuler and recovered by Terrence Lowe and returned four yards for a touchdown putting the Ichabods up 21-0.

The Cowboys were forced into another punt and the Ichabods drove 53 yards on 10 plays in 2:59 on a Steve Ivanisevic 27-yard field goal.

The Ichabods would go on to score five more touchdowns in the second quarter. Marcus Mau scored on a 70-yard run with 9:51 to put Washburn up 31-7. Washburn blocked its second punt of the half when Vershon Moore broke through the line to block a Cowboy punt and it rolled out the back of the end zone.

Simoneau hit Lloyd Bias on a 19-yard pass, Brad Haug scored on a 1-yard run and Schuler pulled down an 8-yard reception from Simoneau with five seconds to go in the first half. It was Simoneau's fourth touchdown pass of the game.

In the second half, Cole caught his second touchdown reception of the game on a 30-yard pass from Cameron Kasel putting the Ichabods up 68-14.

WIth 1:39 to go in the third quarter, Lowe scored on a 13-yard run.

Donte Bean wrapped up the scoring on a 1-yard run with 7:14 to go. Ivanisevic broke the school record for extra points with his 11th breaking the previous mark of 10 set by Mike Cassin against St. Mary's of the Plains in 1978 when the Ichabods won 79-3.

Simoneau finished 8 of 15 with four touchdowns and 127 yards. Kasel was 4 of 5 for 123 and one touchdown.

Cole had three catches for 74 yards and two scores.

Luke Schuckman had six tackles along with Michael Hollins to lead to the Ichabod defense. Washburn recorded six tackles for loss.

Washburn finished with 534 yards of total offense while holding the Cowboys to 269. The Ichabods racked up 284 yards on the ground on 46 carries with five touchdowns averaging 6.2 yards per carry.

* The Ichabods were 10 of 10 in red zone scoring opportunities.
* The 82 points broke the school record which was set during the 1900 season when the Ichabods beat Fort Riley 80-0. Against collegiate competition, the Ichabods topped St. Mary's of the Plains 79-3 on Sept. 9, 1978.
* The 61-point margin of victory tied for the fifth-largest win by an Ichabod team.
* The Ichabods used 62 different players against the Cowboys.
* The Ichabods went the entire game without punting.
* The 534 yards of total offense was the most since the Ichabods recorded 518 against Southwest Baptist on Oct. 10, 2007.
* The last time the Ichabods blocked a punt for a touchdown was on Sept. 23, 2005 when Jake Lebahn returned a Chris Brown blocked punt 15 yards against Southwest Baptist on Sept. 23, 2005 for a touchdown.
*The Ichabods had nine different receivers receive at least one pass.
* Travis Mosby led the Ichabods with 103 all purpose yards with 66 receiving yards and 37 kickoff return yards.