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Friday, 28 September 2012 14:53

No. 13 Baker set for No. 11 MNU at ODAC

Baker looks to end its skid against MNU this Saturday at 6 p.m. at ODAC Baker looks to end its skid against MNU this Saturday at 6 p.m. at ODAC

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The No. 13 ranked Baker University football team will look to bounce back after suffering its first loss of the season last weekend, as they travel to Olathe, Kan., to take on No. 11 MidAmerica Nazarene University at 6 p.m. at the Olathe District Activities Center (ODAC).

Please be aware that all MNU home football games this year will take place at (ODAC). The address for ODAC is 20925 W. 159th Street Olathe, KS 66061.

The football field is on the North end of the facility. All fan parking will be in the entry lot on the north end and the only fan entrance will be on that North end. Admission to the game will be 8$ for adults, 3$ for students and children under 4 are free.

Fans/parents are also asked by MNU officials to not enter onto the field after the game to greet their players. There will be a large area for fans to greet the players at the far end of the stadium at the conclusion of the game.

The Wildcats come in 4-1 on the season and 3-1 in the HAAC after losing to No. 5 Missouri Valley, 31-17, last week. The Pioneers only loss of the year also came against Missouri Valley in week two of the season in a 41-7 drubbing.

Baker has lost 13 straight to the Pioneers and its last victory dates back to 1999, when they defeated MNU, 31-28, at home.

The games have been very exciting as of late, with MNU defeating Baker by just three last season, 33-30, with a game winning drive late in the fourth quarter. In fact, four of MNU’s last five wins over BU have come by eight points or less.

The Wildcats come in with the 15th ranked scoring offense with 150 points and ranks 18th in the country in total rushing offense with 797 yards.

350 of those yards have come from junior running back Dillon Baxter. He averages 4.7 yards per rush with three touchdowns. Kyle Bolton has been a large contributor in the running game as well, averaging 18.9 yards per carry off the edge and freshman Jermaine Broomfield leads the team with four rushing touchdowns.

Baker has accumulated 1,810 total yards of offense and is No. 16 in the country in passing efficiency, with Sam Vossen and Jake Morse running the show at quarterback.

On the defensive side of the ball, Andre Jolly has been a beast on the line, ranking No. 1 in the NAIA in total tackles for loss with 10 and ranks second nationally in sacks with 6.5.

Emmerson Clarke is tied for the team lead in interceptions with teammate Preston Schenck with three apiece.

For MNU, the Pioneers have been led by quarterback Sean Ransburg who has ran for 166 yards this season and thrown for 388 yards with one rushing touchdown and four passing TD’s.

He was named the HAAC Offensive Player of the Week this week, after leading MNU to a 38-9 win over Avila.

Greg Gates has been stellar at running back for MNU, running for 310 yards in three games with three touchdowns and 6.2 yards per carry.

Defensively Joey Oxley leads the team in total tackles with 19, but the Pioneers are -2 in the turnover margin category.



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