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09.07.13 | M Football

No. 15 Baker Wins ‘County Line Clash'

Dillon Baxter's stiff arm here led to the game winning touchdown against the Braves Dillon Baxter's stiff arm here led to the game winning touchdown against the Braves

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – On a late touchdown by senior standout Dillon Baxter, the No. 15 ranked Baker University football team defeated cross-town rival No. 18 Ottawa University, 25-24, in the 82nd meeting between the two foes in the 'County Line Clash' inside Liston Stadium.

In a game that saw the Wildcats gain 504 yards of offense and the Ottawa special teams break down at the end of the game, the Wildcats improved to 47-33-2 over Ottawa all-time.

The Wildcat offense possessed the ball for the final time late in the game with 2:33 to go on the clock.

After two nice runs from junior running back Camren Torneden, Baker brought the ball down into OU territory.

Then Jake Morse threw a pass to T.J. Holtrop to the OU 30 yard line. Morse then on second down and 11 yards to go connected with Dylan Perry and took Baker to the OU 15.

On first and 10, the pass play broke down and Morse tossed a short pass across the middle to Baxter and the University of Southern California transfer jetted past the OU defense and broke a few tackles to score the 15-yard reception that put BU up 25-24.

But the Braves came storming back with passes from Michael Behr to Kellan Hernandez and Dexter Hayes and with just seconds to go, Jeff Stamp set up for a 42-yard field goal. On his approach for the kick, the Baker defense was called for encroachment.

So then Stamp lined up for a 37-yard field goal and missed wide right, but Baker was called for roughing the kicker.

The Braves special teams moved up for a 27-yarder and the junior kicker missed it wide right again and the Baker crowd stormed the field and the 'Cats went home with the victory.

Baxter finished the night with 119 yards rushing on 16 carries, good for a 7.4 yard average and had two catches and one touchdown.

Senior quarterback Jake Morse had a tough first half with two interceptions but responded and finished with a 21-for-40 nigh for 327 yards and two touchdowns.

On defense, Baker had seven tackles from its All-American Andre Jolly and the junior from Gardner, Kan., had two sacks to up his school record total to 24.5.

Ottawa's quarterback Behr had a strong game for the Braves going 25-of-37 for 250 yards and a touchdown and ran 44 yards. OU racked up 373 yards on the Baker defense.

The Wildcats will next take on another KCAC opponent next week as they travel to Leavenworth, Kan., to face the University of St. Mary, on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 1:30 p.m.

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