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Thursday, 03 October 2013 14:30

BU and Rival MNU Clash on Homecoming

Tucker Pauley and the Wildcats will look to end the streak this Saturday against MNU Tucker Pauley and the Wildcats will look to end the streak this Saturday against MNU


BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The No. 12 ranked Baker University football team responded well after suffering its first loss of the season by blowing out Avila University, 63-17, last Saturday evening to improve to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the HAAC.

For their efforts, the Wildcats jumped up a spot in the NAIA Coaches' Top 25 Poll to No. 12 and now Baker gets set to take on its arch-rival MidAmerica Nazarene University on Homecoming this Saturday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m., inside Liston Stadium.

Baker and MNU will square off for the 34th time on Saturday and the Wildcats have the 17-16 overall edge on the Pioneers but haven't beaten MNU since the 1999 season. Which was a 31-28 overtime win with a field goal by Brant Brittingham in the OT.

So the Wildcats hope to end the 13 game winning streak on its home field during Homecoming.

The theme of this year's Homecoming fittingly is 'Party Like its 1999' based on the pop star Prince's 1982 No. 1 hit, '1999'.

The Pioneers come into the game not as expected with a 1-2 record and are one spot out of the Top 25 poll. But they feature the defending HAAC Defensive and Special Teams Player of the Week.

Joe Camacho helped the Pioneers pick up their first win of the season with a strong defensive performance in a 54-22 triumph over Evangel. The senior LB from Santa Paula, Calif., tallied 16 tackles (3 solo) that included one sack, his second outing this season with 16 tackles.

Michael Brewer was a perfect 10-for-10 on scoring kicks for MNU last Saturday as he accounted for 18 of his team's points converting all four of his field goal attempts with a long of 47 while also hitting 6-for-6 on extra-point kicks.

Baker's Jake Morse had an impressive game last week throwing six touchdown passes which tied him with Mike Baggs for the most TD passes in a game in school history. Baggs did it back in 1978.

Morse is also approaching another milestone, as he is only 17 yards from passing Tim Sheldon for second place all-time in career passing yards. Morse is currently third with 5,566 yards, while Sheldon ended his career with 5,584. With his six TD's last Saturday, Morse passed Sheldon for second all-time in touchdown passes with 49.

The Wildcat offense also had 514 yards of total offense against AU with 115 rushing and 399 passing.

The Baker defense also had its finest game of the young 2013 season, allowing a season low 17 points and a season low 258 total yards. They also forced five turnovers.

The game will also be carried live online at with live video and live stats and a broadcast from legendary commentator Tom Hedrick.


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