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RiverHawks visit Washburn in for Saturday MIAA tilt


Week 6: Northeastern State (0-5) vs. Washburn (2-3) at 1 p.m. on Oct. 6
Topeka, Kan. | Yager Stadium 

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Saturday may set up to be a wet afternoon for the RiverHawks and Ichabods with a 80% chance of showers projected in the Topeka area around game time. 

On This Date
Northeastern State has played on Oct. 6th ten previous times with its last coming in 2012 at home against Missouri Western.  On the road, Northeastern State has played six times on this date with its last win coming in 1984 at Cameron (16-15) in Lawton, Okla.  The last two times NSU has played on Oct. 6 is against ranked opponents with Missouri Western coming to Doc Wadley Stadium at #5 and in 2007 they went to #15 Abilene Christian.  

Against Ranked Teams
Northeastern State opened the season with three straight contests with teams featured on the AFCA National Poll.   On, the RiverHawks have played the sixth toughest schedule in the nation.  

Quarterback Notebook
  • NSU junior quarterback Jake Pruitt has played in four contests this season and made the start in week-five against Nebraska-Kearney.
  • Pruitt does own a statistical anomaly and leads the MIAA in punting average thanks to pooch punt for 56-yards vs. UNK.
  • Cade Yeager threw his 20th career touchdown pass for the RiverHawks in week-three.  The sophomore is tied for fifth in NSU's NCAA Division II record book.
  • Jay Baker completed two of his three passes late against the Lopers last week.
Receiver Notebook
  • Isaiah Upshaw had a career high 104 receiving yards at Missouri Western on four catches.  The NSU sophomore had a team game high 52-yard catch in the third quarter.
  • Ryheem Brummitt leads NSU with eight receptions against Nebraska-Kearney and 79 yards.  He leads all receivers with 278 and averages 13.2 per catch.
Running Back Notebook
  • Boo McKnight had his first start as the leading back for the RiverHawks in week-four.  The NSU junior had nine carries and his first touchdown of the season in the third quarter.
  • Craig Davis scored his second touchdown of the season at Missouri Western.
  • Northeastern State has ran the ball more than passed for four consecutive games.
Offensive Line Notebook
  • Junior Jason Staggs has started in 21 games and has played nine straight.
  • Freshman Jason Bell started has the last three games.
  • Chase Vance has started at center for NSU in the last two games.
Special Teams Notebook
  • Freshman Brady Ellsworth has seven punts that have landed inside of the 20-yard line, which is tied for sixth best in the MIAA.  In 42 punts this season, he is averaging 36.2 yards per kick.
  • Craig Davis is fifth in the MIAA in All-Purpose yards with 120.6 and leads the conference in kick return yards with 465.
  • Davis' 94-yard run back for a touchdown on a kickoff against Nebraska-Kearney was NSU's first since Sept. 24, 2011 where Joel Rockmore scored from 92-yards out against Panhandle State.
  • Davis currently owns the longest run back for a touchdown in the MIAA this season and it is the second touchdown on a kickoff this season.
  • The RiverHawks have blocked three extra-points this season and had two last week at Missouri Western. Ja'len Evans ran back a PAT for a safety in the second quarter at Missouri Western.
  • Upshaw's 34-yard punt return in the third quarter at Missouri Western was the longest since the 2016 season.
Defensive Back Notebook
  • Courtland Clark paced the RiverHawks with 13 tackles against Nebraska-Kearney.  He also had a forced fumble recovery in the contest.  Clark leads NSU with 37 tackles which is 13th best in the MIAA. 
  • Vonte' White made his first start of the year and was second in tackles with 11 against Nebraska-Kearney.  He also had a big tackle for no-gain on a Loper punt return.
Linebacker Notebook
  • Lane Yoder picked-off a pass and had six tackles for the RiverHawks in week-three vs. Pitt State; he is sixth on the defensive side with 22 tackles.
  • J'Quille Washington led NSU with ten tackles and he had two take-downs for a loss at Missouri Western.  Washington has six and a half tackles for loss this season which is tied for fourth in the MIAA. 
  • Tyrel Bell had nine tackles in his first career defensive start.  He would also record his first career sack against the Lopers.
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