“It wasn’t the way you’d like to start the game,” Baker head coach Mike Grossner said. “When something like that happens early, you have enough time to recover from it and we never did. They’re a discipline football team, the bottom line is they outplayed us and we committed far too many penalties,” said Grossner.
The Wildcats committed 16 penalties for 144 yards, as opposed to Ottawa’s four penalties for 28 yards.
The Braves Clarence Anderson was named the Victory Sports Network Classic Offensive Player of the Game. Anderson compiled 11 receptions to go along with 191 receiving yards and one touchdown, not to mention his 96-yard opening kickoff return.
“I didn’t think we played well on offense or in the special teams, and if that happens in two out of three phases of the game, I think you lose,” the Wildcat coach said. “Our defense kept us in the game, I was proud of how hard our kids played, but we’ve got some work to do. The only thing we lost today was an undefeated season, we need to get things turned around for conference play,” Grossner said.
Senior DB Colton Miller was named the Victory Sports Network Classic Defensive Player of the Game. Miller led the team with ten tackles, four of which came for a loss and one interception.
Offensively, the Wildcats were able to move the ball, it just so happened it came at the wrong time. Baker amassed 408 yards of total offense, 363 of which came thanks to freshman QB Zach Faust. Faust went 27-for-45 with one touchdown.
Moving the ball on the ground was dismal for the Wildcats on Saturday evening. Baker’s leading rusher, Jake Morse, a freshman QB transfer from the University of Kansas led all Wildcats with 35 yards, before being knocked out of the game with a concussion.
“Jake definitely suffered a concussion, we will keep on eye on him throughout the next week before any decision is made for next Saturday,” said coach Grossner.
No. 10 Missouri Valley comes to town next weekend for the home opener at Liston Stadium at 6:00 p.m. CST.