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Friday, 26 August 2011 21:43

Game 1 - Gameday

8.27.11 | Football

No. 23 Baker to open season against No. 10 Ottawa

BU vs OU

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - No. 23-ranked Baker University, which closed last season with a five-game winning streak, will open 2011 on Saturday against No. 10 Ottawa at Liston Stadium. Kickoff for the Victory Sports Network First Down Classic is set for 7 p.m.

The Wildcats, 7-4 last fall, have posted four consecutive winning seasons, including a 22-11 mark the past three years.

“We are proud of our accomplishments and national rankings in the past four years, but we need to take another step in the development of our program,” said head football coach Mike Grossner, entering his eighth season guiding the Wildcats. “We need to get back to the stage and take a shot at a national playoff run.”

Ottawa finished 9-2 last season, including a season-opening 24-14 victory over Baker in the first meeting between the two schools since 1993.

Wildcat sophomore Jake Morse returns at quarterback. He completed 99 of 169 passes for 1,307 yards with nine touchdowns last season after transferring from the University of Kansas.

Top returning running backs are sophomore Scott Meyer (156 carries, 656 yards, nine touchdowns) and senior John Babb (73 carries, 384 yards, three TDs). Junior Jake Green, a Lawrence High product, is the top returning receiver (28 receptions, 460 yards, one TD).BU Fans

Junior linebacker Adam Steele is the top defensive returner, recording 99 tackles to rank second on the squad last fall. Also back on defense is Ryder Werts, a junior linebacker who redshirted last season after recording 49 tackles in 2009.

A free pregame tailgate, sponsored by Kansas State Bank, begins at 5 p.m outside Liston Stadium.

Live Broadcast Information
Live audio and video will be available one hour prior to kickoff. Live stats will also be available during the contest.
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Ticket Information
Tickets will be available to the general public at 5:00 p.m. Workers will be walking around between tailgates selling tickets. The athletic department encourages you to buy your tickets prior to entering to avoid long lines. All seating is general admission. Media and special guests should enter at the northeast gate. Ottawa fans entrance will be at the southwest gate, while the Baker fan entrance will be at the northwest gate.

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