Washburn University (1-0) has a game under its belt in this season opener for the ACU Wildcats, and it shows. Playing in the Ichabods’ home stadium in Topeka, Kan., ACU is off to a slow start, having problems shaking its offseason rustiness and feeling the inside power game loss of runningback Reggie Brown, who is gone for the season with a knee injury.
Placekicker Morgan Lineberry missed a 40-yard field goal on ACU’s first drive but connected on a 21-yarder with 3:31 left in the quarter. The score was set up by a 93-yard kickoff return by speedy freshman wide receiver Darryl Cantu-Harkless.
Washburn scored on its first drive of the game when Vershon Moore rushed for a 1-yard TD, but the Ichabods botched the PAT, taking a 6-0 lead with 5:33 left in the quarter.
ACU’s vaunted rush defense, which gave up an average of only 55 yards per game last season, gave up 50 on the ground in the first quarter, which ended with the Ichabods ahead, 6-3.