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Friday, 30 September 2011 14:32


10.1.11 | Football

Wildcats host No. 8 MNU Saturday afternoon in blackout game

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BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University football team will look for another marquee victory at Liston Stadium this weekend when it hosts No. 8 MidAmerica Nazarene at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Wildcats (3-2 overall, 2-2 HAAC) are coming off a 38-7 defeat last week to No. 6 Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo.

Saturday also marks the Wildcats’ ‘BLACKOUT’ game. All Baker fans are encouraged to wear black T-shirts to the game, or purchase the custom-made blackout T-shirts at the Baker tent at Liston.

Against MidAmerica Nazarene (2-1, 2-1), Baker will need to improve offensively against the high-flying Pioneers. MNU ranks No. 1 in the NAIA, allowing only 82 pass yards per game. It also ranks seventh with 232 rushing yards per game. MNU running back Greg Gates ranks sixth in the NAIA with an average of 108.7 rushing yards per game.

Senior John Babb enters the game as the ‘Cats leading rusher with 78.4 yards per game and two touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Jake Morse is averaging 205.4 yards per game while completing 56 percent of his passes.

“It’s up to the guys this week to bounce back,” Wildcat head coach Mike Grossner said. “I think having our home crowd behind us in the blackout game is going to be huge. I hope everyone can make it out to Liston Stadium this weekend.”

Babb believes it would be a very special moment to defeat the Pioneers in his senior season.

“A couple of years back we essentially lost the HAAC Championship at their place in double-OT,” Babb said. “I think if we can get this win in front of our home crowd, it would put us in a good spot moving forward.”

Baker running backs coach Bruce Young knows what it’s like to play in big rivalry games. He firmly believes the special teams could play a huge part in the outcome on Saturday.

“Usually you don’t think of it like this, but special teams is going to essentially be taking the field every five plays in the game,” Young added. “I firmly believe it could play a big role this Saturday.”

After missing a couple of field goals last weekend against Missouri Valley, BU place-kicker Andrew Kimrey looks to rebound. He ranks No. 1 in the NAIA with nine field goals this season.

Live video of the game can be viewed here. Live stats can be viewed here.

Record3 - 22 - 1
Total Offense19201257
Total Plays354190
Yards Per Play5.4006.600
Yards Per Game384.000419.000
1st Downs9970
Rushing Yards835697
Yards Per Rush4.2006.800
Yards Per Game167.000232.300
Passing Yards1085560
Att-Comp-Int157 - 88 - 387 - 50 - 6
Yards Per Attempt6.9006.400
Yards Per Game217.000186.700
Punting Yds1249396
Yards Per Punt39.00039.600
Punt Ret Yds19494
Returns - Average11 - 17.6009 - 10.400
Kickoff Return Yds457120
Returns - Average22 - 20.8006 - 20.000
Interception Ret Yds712
Returns - Average8 - 8.9003 - 0.700
Penalties / Yards32 - 30328 - 285
Penalties Per Game6.4009.300
Penalties Yards Per Game60.60095.000
Fumbles / Lost8 - 35 - 4
3rd-Down Convs21 - 7610 - 31
4th-Down Convs6 - 81 - 3

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