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Friday, 25 October 2013 13:43

BU, MVC Meet in Top 10 Showdown

Jake Heller led Baker to a victory in his first career start last week against Central Methodist Jake Heller led Baker to a victory in his first career start last week against Central Methodist


BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – For the third time this season, the No. 9 ranked Baker University football team will take on a Top 25 team, as they face No. 6 ranked Missouri Valley this Saturday, Oct. 26 at 1:30 p.m., in Marshall, Mo.

The 'Cats are 1-1 against ranked opponents this season, defeating then-No. 18 Ottawa, 25-24, in the season opener and falling to then-No. 14 Benedictine, 42-28.

Baker comes in winners of its last four games and a record of 6-1 overall and 4-1 in the HAAC, while Mo Valley enters the contest with five straight wins, all in the conference. The Vikings are 5-1 and 5-0 in the HAAC and fell to Ottawa, 20-6, in its season opener.

Baker head coach Mike Grossner is 3-6 all-time against the Vikings and last beat the Paul Troth coached team, 26-22, back in 2008.

The Wildcats have had a resurgence in its last four games, after its loss against Benedictine.

Baker has won four straight HAAC games by out scoring its opponents, 185-49, in that stretch and with its sixth win of the season, the Wildcats have guaranteed their seventh straight winning season.

The Vikings come in with the No. 1 ranked total defense in the NAIA allowing only 225 total yards of offense and is second in the country in rushing yards allowed per game at 63.5

Missouri Valley allows only 12.1 points per game in its six games so far this season, which ranks them third in the country.

Leading the Vikings in tackles this season is Ty Phillips with 29. He also has 12.5 tackles for loss and as a First-Team NAIA All-American in 2012 and led the nation in sacks with 19, three ahead of Baker's Andre Jolly.

The Wildcat offense comes in sixth in the NAIA in total points with 279 and is seventh in the country in points per game at 39.9.

As an offense, Baker averages 467 yards per game, good for No. 9 nationally and have been able to move the ball down field consistently with 24.9 first downs per game, ranking them No. 9 in the NAIA.

If fans can't make it out to Marshall, Mo., on Saturday they can follow the game live online at The website will carry the game with live stats and live video and you can here a live audio broadcast by Baker Hall of Famer Tom Hedrick.


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