Northwest Missouri State’s Big 2nd Half Rallies Past Washburn

(From Northwest Athletics)

TOPEKA, Kansas – The Northwest Missouri State football team used a second-half surge to post a 38-17 win over the Washburn Ichabods Thursday night at Yager Stadium.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Braden Wright rushed for a game-high 118 yards and two touchdowns. Wright added 233 yards passing and a score through the air.

The Bearcat defense limited the Ichabods to four first downs in the second half after allowing 14 in the opening 30 minutes of action.

Northwest recorded 17 tackles-for-loss and five quarterback sacks in the victory. Northwest had nine different players tally a tackle-for-loss and five different players record sacks.

Northwest (2-0 overall) jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 15-yard touchdown run by Isaiah Strayhorn. His score capped a 9-play, 59-yard drive that took 3:19 off the clock.

Washburn (1-1 overall) evened it up at 7-7 on its next drive with a 24-yard scoring strike from Blake Peterson to James Letcher Jr. with

5:35 left in the first quarter.

The Ichabods took a 14-7 advantage with 10:09 remaining in the second quarter on a 39-yard pass from Peterson to James Brania-Happ. The drive included seven plays and went for 77 yards in 2:55.

Northwest knotted the score up at 14-14 on a 27-yard scamper by Braden Wright with 7:11 left in the second quarter. Wright drove the Bearcats

62 yards in eight plays in 2:51.

The Bearcats turned the ball over twice in the opening half. Northwest was able to force a turnover when Chance Hall intercepted a pass on the five-yard line to end a Washburn drive in the second quarter.

Washburn opened the scoring in the second half with a 35-yard field goal by Perry Schmiedeler.

Northwest answered back with an 11-play, 77-yard drive that was finished off by Wright, who carried a handful of Ichabod defenders into the end zone. Wright’s 17-yard touchdown run gave Northwest a

21-17 advantage.

Wright added a 33-yard scramble to put Northwest in field goal position late in the third quarter. After the drive stalled, placekicker Parker Sampson banked in a 39-yard field goal off the right upright to give Northwest a 24-17 lead with 2:38 left in the quarter.

Chase White caught a 14-yard scoring strike from Wright with 12:42 left in the fourth quarter to give Northwest a 31-17 advantage.

Josh Caldwell capped the scoring when he plowed in from 17 yards out on a 4th and 2 with 2:01 left in the game. Caldwell’s score gave Northwest a 38-17 lead over Washburn.

The Bearcats will return home for Family Weekend on Sept. 15 against Missouri Southern. Kick is set for 1:30 p.m. at Bearcat stadium.

NOTES: Northwest has defeated Washburn 14 straight times … Northwest has won 24 of the last 25 meetings between the two teams … Northwest has not allowed a rushing touchdown in 15 consecutive games … the Bearcat defense has not allowed an opposing rusher reach 100 yards for the 44th straight game.