Waverly, Iowa, Sept. 23, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis football team battled back from a 21-point second quarter deficit but fell short in a 30-20 loss at Wartburg College Saturday in Waverly, Iowa.
Wartburg remained undefeated at 3-0 with the win, while WashU fell to 1-3. The Bears are off to a 1-3 start for the first time since 2014.
WashU limited Wartburg to a season-low 389 yards of total offense, including 185 in the second half. Junior linebacker Jake Coon made a season-high 12 tackles, and had two tackles for loss.
Sophomore quarterback Johnny Davidson was 28-of-52 for a career-high 379 yards and a touchdown, but was picked off three times. The Bears totaled 394 yards of offense in the second half.
Senior wide receiver Marcus Ramspott tied a career-high with 10 catches for 110 yards, while junior wide receiver Alex Fehlinger had two catches for 103 yards and a TD. Fehlinger hauled in his first career touchdown, a 73-yarder, midway through the fourth quarter.
Wartburg jumped out to a 21-0 second quarter lead as WashU managed just 74 yards of total offense in the opening half. Sophomore running back Seth Kutter scored from one-yard out with 27 seconds left in the second quarter to trim the lead to 21-7.
Senior kicker Dan Kalvaitis booted a pair of field goals – 34 and 39 yards – in the third quarter to cut the lead to 21-13.
Wartburg took a 24-13 lead into the fourth quarter, and sealed the victory after JoJo McNair intercepted Davidson and returned it 80 yards for the touchdown.
WashU hosts No. 5-ranked North Central College (3-0) on Saturday, Sept, 30, at 1 p.m. This marks the Bears' fourth home game in the month of September.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: The teams met for the first time in school history … Wartburg had a 38:58-21:02 advantage in time of possession … Sophomore running back John Fisher ran for a career-high 64 yards on 10 carries … WashU had its five-game regular-season road winning streak snapped … The Knights have won 18 of their last 19 home games.