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Saturday, 05 November 2011 17:16

Six-Straight

11.5.11 | Football

Late interception seals 10-7 victory

BU upsets Benedictine

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - Senior defensive back Madison Morris’ interception with 1:20 left  sealed No. 25 Baker University’s 10-7 victory over No. 9 Benedictine College on Saturday at Liston Stadium, keeping the Wildcats’ NAIA football playoff hopes alive.

Earlier in the fourth quarter, senior Robert Woodall intercepted a pass in the end zone to stall another Ravens’ drive.

The Wildcats improved to 6-3 overall and 5-3 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference to guarantee their fifth consecutive winning season. Benedictine dipped to 8-2 overall and 6-2 in the conference, falling to Baker for the sixth consecutive year.

Baker’s lone touchdown came in the second quarter when sophomore Connor Stremmel blocked a punt and recovered the ball in the end zone. With a stiff crosswind, freshman Andrew Kimrey kicked a 31-yard field goal as time expired at the end of the first half to extend Baker’s lead to 10-0.

Benedictine’s lone score came with 2:13 left in the third quarter when Bill Noonan connected with Jordan Jackson on a 77-yard touchdown pass after Jackson shed a Wildcat defender near midfield. Noonan completed 16 of 34 passes for 298 yards with three interceptions. Sophomore linebacker Emmerson Clarke had the other Wildcat pick.

Baker sophomore quarterback Jake Morse completed 14 of 28 passes for 150 yards and an interception.  Senior John Babb was Baker’s top rusher, gaining 67 yards on 22 carries.

Defensively, senior linebacker Ryder Werts had 12 tackles to lead Baker. Moses Kato and Tyler Lueckenhoff had nine apiece to lead the Ravens.

“We knew the turnover margin would be huge,” said head Baker football coach Mike Grossner. “We stressed the importance all week of winning our sixth-straight game against these guys and they came through huge.”

Wildcat senior punter Garrett Chumley had eight punts for 38.6 yards, including a booming 61-yarder that pinned Benedictine deep in the Ravens’ territory.

The Wildcats will close the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 12, at Graceland. Kickoff is 2 p.m. in Lamoni, Iowa.

View the box score here.

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