By Dan Carr/Assistant AD for Media Relations
TOPEKA, Kan. – The Lincoln football team kicked a field goal just before halftime, but the Blue Tigers dropped a 45-3 decision to Washburn in its first game of 2022 on Thursday evening (Sept. 1).
Xzavier Vaughn completed 17 passes for a .607 accuracy rating and 170 yards. Zamar Brake and Nathan Valencia also completed passes, while Vaughn led LU with 22 rushing yards and Omar Allen added 16.
Javier Moreno connected on a 30-yard field goal with three seconds remaining on the first half clock to give LU its first points of the season. Washburn ended up scoring 31 of its points before the break, but the Blue Tiger defense held WU to just 14 points in the second half, as the Ichabods scored one touchdown in each of the third and fourth quarters. Moreno additionally averaged 37.0 yards on kickoffs while Michael Cunningham, who had a 52-yard punt, recorded a 60-yard kickoff in his only attempt.
Defensively, Jaylon Mosley led the way for Lincoln with eight tackles, including assisting on a tackle for loss with Ishaq Robinson. Charles Ransom made a three-yard tackle for loss, and Otis Jackson had five takedowns. Eric Brown, who also finished with five tackles, intercepted a pass and returned it 29 yards in the second half to prevent a Washburn score. Ransom, Caleb Freeland and Devyn Sigars each broke up passes.
Samuel Ingoli led Lincoln with 76 receiving yards on five grabs, and Charles Johnson caught a team-high seven passes for 72 yards. Allen, meanwhile, finished with five receptions for 36 yards. Four other Blue Tigers caught at least one pass, and eight different LU players recorded at least one rushing attempt.
Lincoln opens its 2022 home slate on Saturday, Sept. 10, when the Blue Tigers host Northwest Missouri at 2 p.m.