Sept. 19, 2010

TOPEKA, Kan. -

Courtesy of Missouri Western Athletics

The No. 11 Missouri Western Griffons won a wild contest in Topeka, Kan. on Saturday night by a score of 36-33 against the No. 15 Washburn Ichabods. Deondre Williams made his second interception of the contest with 45 seconds to play helping Western improve to 3-0 overall and to 1-0 in MIAA play.

The first half started slow for the Griffons as Washburn went on top 7-0 after a 47 yard punt return from Ronnell Garner with 12:36 to play in the first quarter. The rest of the half was all Griffons as they outscored the Ichabods 28-0.

The Griffons responded on the next drive when Drew Newhart found Michael Hill down the sidelines for a 52 yard score knotting the score at seven. Matt Glades intercepted a Dane Simoneau pass four plays later setting Western up on the Ichabod 49 yard line.

Western took the ball 49 yards on four plays with Newhart finding Terrell Downing from three yards out giving Western the 14-7 lead with 6:55 to play in the first quarter. Western scored two more times before the half was over as Newhart found Adam Clausen from eight yards out and Williams got his first interception of the game and returned it 80 yards putting Western up 28-7 at the half.

The two teams' traded momentum in the second half as Washburn scored 18 points in the first 10 minutes of the third quarter cutting Western lead to 28-25 with 5:09 to play in the third quarter, before the game was suspended for an hour and 24 minutes due to lightening in the area.

Washburn opened the half with a Steve Ivanisevic 28 yard field goal. The Ichabod defense got a score after Michael Hollins sacked Newhart and forced a fumble in the end zone which Cameron Jackson recovered for a touchdown.

After a Hill fumble the Ichabods took the ball 61 yards on seven plays with Vershon Moore blasting in from three yards out cutting the Western lead to three. After the delay the momentum continued to be on Washburn's side as Dakota Palan-Johnson sacked Newhart in the end zone for a safety cutting the lead to 28-27 with 3:06 to play in the third. Washburn took the lead in the fourth quarter going 60 yards on eight plays with Justin Cooper plunging in from one yard out putting the Bod's up 33-28.

Western's offense got going for the first time in the half on the next possession. A shovel pass from Newhart to Hill opened up the drive as Hill scampered 12 yards and a first down. From there Western converted on two third downs with both going to Clausen.

On a 1-and-10 play from the Washburn 36 yard line Newhart hooked up with Hill for the second time in the contest to put the Griffons up 34-33. Western converted on the two point conversion on a pass from Newhart to David Fowler putting Western up 36-33.

The Ichabods drove down to the Griffon 40 yard line but Williams ended the Ichabods hopes. Washburn falls to 1-2 on the season and 0-1 in MIAA play. The Griffons had 317 yards of offense with 260 coming through the air. Newhart connected on 19-of-31 passes and four touchdowns. Clausen had six receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown while Hill had five catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns. Hill also had 15 carries for 56 yards.

The Ichabods had 425 yards passing with 154 coming on the ground. Moore had 117 yards on 21 carries while Cooper had 36 yards on 10 carries. Simoneau had 271 yards passing on 21-of-40 with three interceptions. Moore had five catches for 40 yards while Joe Hastings had four receptions for 77 yards.

Defensively Western had three interceptions. Sean Whiters led the charge with nine tackles while Kendall Davis and Jack Long had seven apiece.

The Ichaobds were led by Michael Hollins as he had 11 tackles and one sack. Michael Wilhoite had nine tackles and on pass break-up.

Western will return to action on Saturday, September 25 against the Pittsburg State Gorillas on Hall of Fame/Family Day. Kickoff is set for 6:20 pm in Spratt Stadium. The game will be televised live on the MIAA Broadcasting Network.

Missouri Western State University (located in St. Joseph, Mo.) is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.