But in keeping with the theme of the weekend, the ’Cats gave fans a scare when they missed the extra point try that would have sealed a pivotal conference victory with 10 seconds on the clock.
Regardless, BU showed the resiliency it has displayed for the last three winning seasons and kicked what would be the game-winning field goal in overtime to put the Wildcats up 12-9.
William Jewell ran three plays and made it down to the Baker 9-yard line before senior linebacker Calvin Pearce forced and recovered a fumble to secure the road win.
“We may have lost the turnover war, but we won the critical situations battle,” said head coach Mike Grossner. “A win like this, makes up for a couple of the hard losses we had earlier in the year, if we can win out from here I think that puts us back in the top-25 nationally.”
The current crop of football seniors has finished on NAIA top-25 teams twice during their careers at BU, and compiled a 26-12 record in the ever-difficult Heart of America Athletic Conference.
“I could go on and on about these seniors,” Thoren said. “All these guys provide great leadership in setting the tone. They’ve carried the torch of what was built before them. We have a lot of freshmen that line up with these guys, and they only know one thing, and that’s winning.”
Evangel will be another test for the Wildcats, who have a chance to ensure their fourth consecutive winning season on the line.
The Crusaders bring a 3-5 record to Liston Stadium for Baker’s senior day.
“Evangel is very athletic and they have a really good quarterback and receiving corps,” Thoren said. “They have some talented younger players, I’m impressed with them right now.”