Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Bods' Comeback Falls Short at Fort Hays in 35-30 Loss

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Bods' Comeback Falls Short at Fort Hays in 35-30 Loss

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HAYS -- Washburn put most of its defensive focus on figuring out a way to contain Fort Hays State's tandem of Treveon Albert and Shaquille Cooper ahead of Saturday night's game.

Though the Ichabods knew what was coming, the Tigers' two-headed monster of Albert and Cooper were too much to handle, leading FHSU to a 35-30 victory over WU at Lewis Field Stadium.

Albert, the Tigers' senior quarterback, gashed the Ichabods for 207 yards on 15 carries, while Cooper, a sophomore tailback, ran for 92 yards and caught five passes for 60 yards.

In all, Fort Hays State (4-1, 4-1 MIAA) compiled 312 yards on the ground and amassed 466 yards of total offense.

Washburn still had a chance to pull off an improbable comeback.

After trailing 35-17 heading into the fourth quarter, the Ichabods scored a pair of touchdowns to cut the lead to 35-30 with 5:22 left.

WU (3-2, 3-2) had one last gasp, getting the ball back at its own 20 with 2:24 left. However, the Tigers broke up a pass on fourth- and-1 at the WU 41-yard line to seal the win.

Washburn's comeback chances were hampered by three second-half turnovers, two fumbles and one interception.

Fort Hays State rushed for 183 yards in the first half on the way to a 28-17 lead at halftime. Albert broke off for touchdown runs of 19 and 27 yards. The Tigers also got a 3-yard TD on the ground from running back Derek Kendall-Campbell.

WU linebacker Alec Steuber supplied Washburn's first touchdown in the first half, snagging an interception and returning it 48 yards for a score to knot it up at 7 with 4:12 left in the first quarter.

Freshman Perry Schmiedeler booted a 35-yarder on his first field goal attempt as an Ichabod to cut the FHSU lead to 21-10, but Albert answered with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Cooper.

Washburn responded with a 39-yard touchdown to Hayden Groves on a screen pass to creep back within 11 heading into the half. …

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