M Football http://www.bakeru.edu Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:46:51 -0500 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Football to Begin 2014 Ranked No. 5 http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10172-football-to-begin-2014-ranked-no-5 http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10172-football-to-begin-2014-ranked-no-5 Football to Begin 2014 Ranked No. 5

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – After a 2013 season that featured a school-record 11-2 record, a HAAC regular season championship and a NAIA-FCS Playoff victory, the Baker University football team will begin the season ranked No. 5 in the latest NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Preseason Poll.

The 'Cats ended 2013 ranked No. 5 and captured its first HAAC championship since the 1993 season.

Baker also posted 24 HAAC All-Conference players, nine NAIA Scholar-Athletes, three BSN-NAIA All-Americans and the HAAC Coach of the Year in Mike Grossner.

The 2014 Baker schedule will feature five games against ranked opponents, as they take on No. 14 Ottawa in the season opening 'County Line Clash' on Sept. 6, No. 15 Sterling comes to Baldwin City, Kan., on Sept. 13 for the annual HAAC/KCAC Challenge. Then on Oct. 4, Baker travels to No. 24 ranked Peru State.

The NAIA Gridiron Challenge at Arrowhead Stadium will pin Baker against No. 11 ranked Benedictine on Oct. 11 and Baker ends the year at home on Senior Day against No. 7 Missouri Valley on Saturday, Nov. 15.

The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference – No. 8 Tabor (Kan.), No. 14 Ottawa (Kan.), No. 15 Sterling (Kan.) and No. 19 Friends (Kan.) – and the Heart of America Athletic Conference – Baker, No. 7 Missouri Valley, No. 11 Benedictine (Kan.) and No. 24 Peru State (Neb.) – boast the most teams amongst the Top 25 with four programs each. Four other leagues – MSFAW, Frontier Conference, GPAC and the Mid-South Conference East Division – have three ranked teams.

Notes (all information dates back to 1999): Grand View (Iowa) is making its third-straight appearance at No. 1 ... Three teams held the No. 1 ranking in 2013 – Grand View, Cumberlands (Ky.) and Morningside (Iowa) ... There were 45 different programs ranked in 2013 ... Thirteen teams were ranked in all 13 polls ... Carroll (Mont.) leads all institutions with 57 all-time first-place rankings and is followed by former member Sioux Falls (S.D.) (55), Georgetown (Ky.) (25), Saint Xavier (Ill.) (14) and former member Northwestern Oklahoma State (11) ... Saint Francis boasts the longest consecutive stretch of being named in the Coaches' Top 25 Poll with 182 ... Following the Cougars in consecutive appearances are Carroll with 169, Missouri Valley with 104, Morningside with 88 and Saint Xavier with 77 ... Morningside holds the longest streak of top 10 rankings, having been ranked among the top 10 teams for 36-straight polls dating back to Sept. 19, 2011.

For a look at the entire Top 25 poll, please click here.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0500
BU Picked Second in HAAC Poll http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10150-baker-football-selected-second-in-haac-preseason-coaches-poll http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10150-baker-football-selected-second-in-haac-preseason-coaches-poll Justin McCandless (left) and head coach Mike Grossner (right) represented Baker on Tuesday at the 2014 HAAC Football Media Day

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Defending Heart of America Athletic Conference football champion Baker University was selected second in the 2014 HAAC Coaches' Preseason Poll on Tuesday afternoon at the annual HAAC Football Media Day at the NAIA National Office in downtown Kansas City, Mo.

The Wildcats received four out of the 10 first-place votes and a total of 76 points just one point shy of first-place Missouri Valley.
The Vikings took 77 of the possible 81 voting points as the coaches' choice to win a fourth-straight championship.

Baker returns in 2014 after a school record 11-2 record and a share of its first conference title since 1993. The two teams, who each advanced to the 2013 NAIA Football Championship Series quarterfinal round, will meet on the final day of the regular season, Nov. 15, at Liston Stadium in Baldwin City, Kan.

The final team to claim a share of last season's title was Benedictine, which was picked to finish third after garnering 65 voting points. Peru State was picked to repeat its best-ever finish in the conference after finishing in fourth place last season, while MidAmerica Nazarene was picked to finish fifth after sharing fourth with the Bobcats in 2013.

The second half of the poll was nearly identical to the finish from last season's standings. Evangel tallied 44 points to take sixth position, Central Methodist was picked to finish seventh with 29 points, while Avila (21 points), Culver-Stockton (19) and Graceland (15) finished out the poll.

The 2013 season kicks off on Saturday, August 23 when Evangel makes a nearly 1,300-mile journey to take on first-year program Arizona Christian in Phoenix, Ariz.

All 10 teams will host games on Saturday, September 13 in the 2nd Annual HAAC-KCAC Football Series with each team taking on the KCAC team that finished in the same position in the 2013 standings at the KCAC site. Head-to-head conference play begins the following Saturday, September 20.

Baker head football coach and 2013 HAAC Coach of the Year Mike Grossner addressed the media on Tuesday, as did All-HAAC returning senior offensive lineman Justin McCandless. For a look at the entire Coaches' Poll, please see below.

2014 HAAC Preseason Coaches' Poll
School (First Place Votes) - Points
1. Missouri Valley (6) - 77
2. Baker (4) - 76
3. Benedictine - 65
4. Peru State - 56
5. MidAmerica Nazarene - 48
6. Evangel - 44
7. Central Methodist - 29
8. Avila - 21
9. Culver-Stockton - 19
10. Graceland - 15

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0500
2014 HAAC Media Day http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10148-grossner-mccandless-to-take-part-in-2014-haac-media-day http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10148-grossner-mccandless-to-take-part-in-2014-haac-media-day 2014 HAAC Media Day

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – 2013 Heart of America Athletic Conference Coach of the Year Mike Grossner and Baker University senior offensive lineman Justin McCandless will address the media on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at the annual HAAC Football Media Day at the NAIA National Office in Downtown Kansas City, Mo.

The press conference will feature all 10 Heart of America Athletic Conference institutions head football coaches and a player representative and will begin at 1 p.m.

Fan can watch the media day press conference, by clicking here.

The 2014 HAAC Coaches Preseason Poll will also be announced at the media day. Below is a list of the athletes from each school that will be participating.

Avila - Da'Veion Sullivan, WR
Baker - Justin McCandless, OL
Benedictine - Hayden Smith, OL
Central Methodist - Conner White, LB; Paul Stevens, WR
Culver-Stockton - Mike Davis, DE
Evangel - Chandler Eden, LB; Michael Bowman, WR
Graceland - Billy Wendt, LB; David Edmondson, DL
MidAmerica Nazarene - Trent Hedlund, QB
Missouri Valley - Michael Barnes, DB; Roy Wolfrum, OL
Peru State - Tyler Ford, OL; Shane Lloyd, LB

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0500
BU to Face BC at Arrowhead Oct. 11 http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10147-baker-football-to-face-benedictine-at-arrowhead-stadium-oct-11 http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10147-baker-football-to-face-benedictine-at-arrowhead-stadium-oct-11 BU to Face BC at Arrowhead Oct. 11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) and the Kansas City Chiefs have partnered to present the inaugural NAIA Gridiron Challenge at Arrowhead, a football doubleheader to be played on Saturday, October 11 at Arrowhead Stadium.

The 2014 matchups of two highly-anticipated NAIA contests are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Missouri Valley College will square off with MidAmerica Nazarene University in the opener, before Baker University faces off with Benedictine College in the nightcap.

"We are absolutely thrilled to participate in the NAIA Gridiron Challenge," said Theresa Yetmar, Director of Athletics at Baker. "It's not often that you can find four Top 25 NAIA teams competing in one venue, let alone one with the storied and rich tradition of Arrowhead Stadium. This will be a unique opportunity for our student-athletes, coaches, and fans to showcase our institution and football program."

Tickets for the game will go on sale on Tuesday, June 24 with Jackson County residents having the first opportunity starting at 10:00 a.m. Chiefs season ticket holders will be given access to tickets on Thursday, June 26 at 10:00 a.m.

Public ticket sale will open on June 26 at 12:00 p.m. Tickets can be ordered by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000, online at www.ticketmaster.com or at the Arrowhead Stadium Ticket Office located between Founder's Plaza and the Hy-Vee Gate on the north side of the stadium.

Each school will also begin ticket sales on June 26 and each will have an allotment of tickets to be sold through its respective athletic department.

General admission tickets prior to the game can be purchased for $18 for adults and $8 for students with a valid I.D. or anyone under the age of 18. These tickets can be purchased at www.bakerwildcats.com and will be available after 12 p.m. on Thursday, June 26.

Tickets can be purchased at Arrowhead on the day of the games for $20 for adults and $10 for students with valid I.D. or anyone under the age of 18. Tickets for suites can also be purchased for a minimum cost of $50 per person which includes a ticket and the suite must be filled. Those are available through Kellen Begnoche of the Chiefs at (816) 920-4894.

Parking will be $15 per cars and $25 for RV/bus parking. Tailgate information can be obtained by contacting Ashley Muffitt at (816) 920-4833 or amuffitt@chiefs.nfl.com.

Jackson County pre-sale tickets must be purchased in person at the Arrowhead Stadium Ticket Office. No phone orders will be accepted for this special pre-sale event on June 24. Jackson County taxpayers purchasing tickets must have one form of identification that includes a photo of the purchaser and a 2012 Jackson County, Mo., personal property tax receipt.

Spouses residing at the same address will be allowed to purchase tickets, even if the property receipt is in their spouse's name. The Chiefs will notify Season Ticket Holders via email prior to the sale with instructions on how to participate.

"This is a great opportunity to take the Baker-Benedictine game to an even higher level by playing this rivalry game at Arrowhead Stadium," said Benedictine head coach Larry Wilcox.

Three of the four teams involved in the games shared the 2013 Heart of America Athletic Conference championship. Baker, Benedictine and Missouri Valley all finished with a record of 8-1 in league play last season, while each team qualified for the 2013 NAIA Football Championship Series.

The four participating teams have combined to win or share a total of 38 conference championships and have totaled 46 NAIA postseason appearances.

Ticket Contact Information for each Institution:

Baker – Tyler Price (785) 594-8495 or http://www.bakerwildcats.com
Benedictine – Josh Pound (913) 360-7634 or http://www.ravenathletics.com
MidAmerica Nazarene – Molly Brewster (913) 971-3278 or http://www.mnusports.com
Missouri Valley – Andy Pulverenti (660) 831-4230 or www.moval.edu/athletics

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Sun, 03 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Gridiron Challenge Tickets on Sale Now http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10142-naia-gridiron-challenge-tickets-on-sale-now http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10142-naia-gridiron-challenge-tickets-on-sale-now Gridiron Challenge Tickets on Sale Now

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - Tickets for the NAIA Gridiron Challenge at Arrowhead, a football doubleheader to be played on Saturday, October 11 at Arrowhead Stadium are now on sale.

The 2014 matchups of two highly-anticipated NAIA contests are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Missouri Valley College will square off with MidAmerica Nazarene University in the opener, before Baker University faces off with Benedictine College in the nightcap.

To order tickets through Baker University for a discounted rate of $18 for adults and $8 for ages 18 & under or college student with any valid student I.D., please click here.

All tickets are general admission, seating behind the Baker sideline is first-come, first-serve.

Fans will have the option of either picking up tickets on Baker's campus or having them mailed to their home. If you are having your tickets delivered through the mail, please expect 5-7 business days. If you are picking up your tickets on the Baldwin City Campus, please contact Tyler Price (tprice@bakeru.edu) or Andrew Patch (apatch@bakeru.edu ) to schedule a time.

Tickets can be purchased at Arrowhead on the day of the games for $20 for adults and $10 for students with valid I.D. or anyone under the age of 18. Tickets for suites can also be purchased for a minimum cost of $50 per person which includes a ticket and the suite must be filled. Those are available through Kellen Begnoche of the Chiefs at (816) 920-4894.

Parking will be $15 per cars and $25 for RV/bus parking. Tailgate information can be obtained by contacting Ashley Muffitt at (816) 920-4833 or amuffitt@chiefs.nfl.com.

Three of the four teams involved in the games shared the 2013 Heart of America Athletic Conference championship. Baker, Benedictine and Missouri Valley all finished with a record of 8-1 in league play last season, while each team qualified for the 2013 NAIA Football Championship Series.

The four participating teams have combined to win or share a total of 38 conference championships and have totaled 46 NAIA postseason appearances.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Sun, 03 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Baxter, Murphy Earn Invites to NFL Camps http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10036-baxter-murphy-earn-invites-to-nfl-rookie-camps http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10036-baxter-murphy-earn-invites-to-nfl-rookie-camps Joel Murphy and former BU teammate Dillon Baxter have been invited to NFL Rookie Camps

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Two former Baker University standout football players have been invited to compete this weekend at NFL Rookie Camps for a shot to make a NFL roster.

Former tight end Joel Murphy has been invited to tryout at the Carolina Panthers Rookie Camp this Thursday through Saturday, while running back Dillon Baxter will tryout at the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks Rookie Camp.

Each former Wildcat hopes by the end of the camps they will earn an NFL contract to join the team for training camp this summer.

Murphy played his final season for the Wildcats in 2012 and was an All-HAAC Honorable Mention selection in 2012.

He then went on to a regional combine last year at the Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas and didn't receive an invite to a NFL Rookie Camp but did receive some solid advice that he took with him into this year.

"The scouts last year said I was pretty stiff running my routes and needed to play with a bit more fluidity," said Murphy. "So that's what I worked on this past year and I went in with a lot of confidence to the regional combine this year."

The past few months, Murphy had been working out in Southern California a the Prolific Athletes facility in Carlsbad, Calif., with former teammate Baker teammates Kyle Bolton and Baxter along with NFL Draft picks Logan Thomas (Virgina Tech), 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) and Mike Evans (Texas A&M).

He was then invited again to a NFL regional combine in Chicago in which 5,000 athletes tried out. Only 250 were called back by other teams out of that crop, and Murphy was one, as he received a phone call from the Panthers inviting him to Carolina.

Now Murphy and Baxter will hope that the dreams they began while competing at Baker will come true on the football field in either Seattle or Carolina.

"Baker gave me an opportunity to play football," said Murphy. "They helped me out a lot and taught me the game and the fundamentals. Right now I'm super excited. I will be like a little kid in a candy store when I get there with excitement. But I know the ultimate goal is to make it to training camp and the preseason with the Panthers and I'm focused on that."

Baxter led Baker with 1,025 rushing yards in 2013 and tied for the team lead in rushing touchdowns with six, en route to a 2013 HAAC Second Team All-Conference selection. He began his collegiate career at the University of Southern California as the No. 1 rated high school running back in the country out of Mission Bay High School in San Diego, Calif.

After two seasons at USC he then transferred to his hometown school of San Diego State University, but after just two months at SDSU he transferred again, this time to Baker.

Murphy and Baxter both hope to become the second and third Baker Wildcats currently on a NFL roster.

Tanner Purdum a 2007 graduate of Baker will enter his fifth season with the New York Jets this fall and re-signed with the Jets last offseason.

"I love the Baker family," said Murphy. "I thank all the coaches and fans. They helped shape me into who I am today and full credit goes to Baker."

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Wed, 14 May 2014 16:01:08 -0500
BU to Host O-Line Pride Camp July 25 http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10028-football-to-host-o-line-pride-camp-july-25 http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10028-football-to-host-o-line-pride-camp-july-25 Coach Regalado will host its Baker O-Line Pride camp on July 25

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Baker University Offensive Coordinator and Strength and Conditioning Coach Miguel Regalado will host the annual Baker University O-Line Pride Camp on Friday, July 25 from 1-5 p.m. at Baker's Liston Stadium.

The camp is $30 and campers may pay at the gate and cash is accepted. Each participant will receive an official camp t-shirt, as well as 1-on-1 evaluation from Coach Regalado as well as current Wildcat football players.

Campers will receive exposure to a premier NAIA football program and extensive training on stance fundamentals, agility drills, run blocking, pass protection, strength training and film study.

Participants are also asked to provide their own insurance.

CAMP INFO

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Fri, 09 May 2014 12:06:26 -0500
Football Stays at No. 5 in Spring Poll http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/9965-football-stays-at-no-5-in-spring-poll http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/9965-football-stays-at-no-5-in-spring-poll Camren Torneden was a 2013 HAAC Third-Team All-Conference performer for Baker

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University football team enters the spring season ranked No. 5 in this week's 2014 NAIA Football Coaches' Spring Top 25 Poll.

The Wildcats ended 2013 ranked No. 5 after its school-record 11-2 mark and appearance in its second-straight NAIA Football Championship Series. The Wildcats defeated Sterling College, 10-7, in the first round of the NAIA-FCS for its first playoff win since 1993.

Baker also captured its first HAAC regular season crown since 1993 and head coach Mike Grossner was named the 2013 HAAC Coach of the Year, the 'Cats also posted 24 HAAC All-Conference winners and nine Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

Baker also added 33 new Wildcats to its signing class back in February and they will host its annual Alumni Game on Saturday, May 3 at 1 p.m. at Liston Stadium.

NOTES (all information dates back to 1999): The Spring Top 25 Poll has been produced since 2007 ... Only one program has been ranked No. 1 in the Spring Top 25 and eventually won the national title that same year – former NAIA member Sioux Falls (S.D.) did so in 2009 ... Five teams have received the No. 1 ranking in the spring poll: Grand View (Iowa), Marian (Ind.), Saint Xavier (Ill.), Sioux Falls and Carroll (Mont.) ... There were 45 different programs ranked in 2013 ... Thirteen teams were ranked in all 13 polls ... Three teams held the No. 1 ranking: Morningside (Iowa), Cumberlands (Ky.) and Grand View ... Cumberlands, Morningside and Saint Francis (Ind.) were ranked in the top 10 in every poll ...Carroll leads all institutions with 57 all-time first-place rankings and is followed by former member Sioux Falls (55), Georgetown (25), Saint Xavier (14) and former member Northwestern Oklahoma State (11) ... Saint Francis boasts the longest consecutive stretch of being named in the Coaches' Top 25 Poll with 181 ... Following the Cougars in consecutive appearances are Carroll with 168, Missouri Valley with 103, Morningside with 87 and Saint Xavier with 76 ... Morningside holds the longest streak of top 10 rankings, having been ranked among the top 10 teams for 35-straight polls dating back to Sept. 19, 2011.

For a look at the entire Top 25 poll, please click here.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:11:59 -0500
Morse Lands Job at Texas Tech http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/9943-morse-lands-job-at-texas-tech-bibb-moves-on-to-southwestern http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/9943-morse-lands-job-at-texas-tech-bibb-moves-on-to-southwestern Jake Morse finished his career second all-time in passing yards at Baker

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The list of former Baker University football players to land coaching jobs at the NCAA Division I and NAIA level is growing.

Former standout quarterback Jake Morse has landed the position of defensive graduate assistant at Texas Tech and former offensive lineman and assistant coach Andy Bibb has now moved on to Southwestern College to serve as their assistant offensive line coach.

Morse will work directly with the outside linebackers and will serve under co-defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach Mike Smith.

He will join former Baker linebacker Matt Brock on the Red Raiders staff, Brock is currently the defensive quality control coach.

"We had just finalized plans to hire Jake in March as our quarterbacks coach when the call came to him from Texas Tech," said Baker head football coach Mike Grossner. "Obviously Matt Brock is doing a tremendous job at Texas Tech and they inquired about any possible other candidates coming down the pipeline. Tech has been on Jake's dream radar while he has mapped out his plans the last couple of years for coaching opportunities.

"I don't think he would have ever imagined coaching outside linebackers in his first go around, but it will be such a great experience for a young guy. He will bring the offensive perspective to the defensive meeting room each day, which can be quite useful in game planning or insight to what the quarterback is thinking on a given play. It's exciting to see two very recent Baker alums coaching in the Big 12."

Morse finished up his career at Baker in the fall, helping lead Baker to its second-straight appearance in the NAIA-FCS Playoffs and a school record 11 wins.

He leaves Baker as the school's second-leading passer and second all-time in total offensive yards.

Morse, was on his way to become the next quarterback coach at his alma mater, but Brock sent him a text a few week's back about an open graduate assistant position. Morse informed he was very interested.

He then went down to Lubbock for an interview with the staff. Two days later the position as defensive graduate assistant was offered to him. He then moved in with Brock and his wife Alyssa for two week's to get settled in and he has been with the team ever since.

Morse played on the offensive side of the ball at quarterback throughout his career at both the University of Kansas and Baker, but he knows football is football and he will relish the opportunity.

"It will be great to see football from another light," said Morse. "I feel I can give a unique perspective to our linebacker core. To begin my career at a school like Texas Tech at any capacity is a dream come true."

Bibb will now join Southwestern College head coach Ken Crandall's staff. Crandall played for Grossner at Fort Hays State, while Grossner was a graduate assistant for the Tigers.

"I'm excited for Andy in his new role as offensive line coach at Southwestern College," Grossner said. "He will do a fine job for coach Crandall and their program. Andy has been a part of our program as a player or coach for eight of the ten years I have been at Baker and has been a big contributing factor to our success. Coach Crandall reached out looking for a good young offensive line coach and we felt it was a good opportunity for Andy professionally."

Morse spent four years as part of the Wildcat family and will look to take all of that knowledge from the field and the classroom with him to Lubbock.

"My experience at Baker really helped me build a foundation for my future," said Morse. "Coach Miguel Regalado helped me learn the game and taught me how to read coverages etc., and Coach Grossner was so great and taught me how to be a leader.

"I want to thank Baker for everything they did for me, it was the best four years of my life. I couldn't have asked for better professors, coaches or teammates."

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:43:47 -0500
Baker Releases 2014 Football Schedule http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/9928-baker-releases-2014-football-schedule http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/9928-baker-releases-2014-football-schedule Baker will play at home on Sept. 13, Sept. 27, Oct. 11, Nov. 1 and Nov. 15

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The No. 5 ranked Baker University football team announced its 2014 football schedule on Thursday highlighted by five home dates.

Baker will open its season at No. 15 Ottawa in the annual 'County Line Clash' contest at Peoples Bank Field in Ottawa on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. Last season Baker defeated Ottawa on a late touchdown, 25-24.

The Wildcats will open its home schedule on Saturday, Sept. 13 against No. 14 Sterling at 6 p.m. at Liston Stadium. That contest is the annual KCAC vs. HAAC game as well as Baker's Family Weekend.

BU and Sterling met up in the First Round of the NAIA-FCS Playoffs last season at Liston with Baker coming out on top for its first playoff win since 1993, 10-7.

Baker hits the road again on Saturday, Sept. 20 in its HAAC opener to face Evangel in Springfield. The Wildcats defeated the Crusaders, 54-10, last season.

Homecoming will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27, when the Wildcats take on Graceland at 2 p.m. The 'Cats rolled past Graceland, 40-16, on the road last season.

Baker travels to Peru, Neb., on Saturday, Oct. 4 to face No. 24 Peru State at 1 p.m. BU defeated Peru, 38-13, on Senior Day in 2013.

Rival No. 8 Benedictine comes to Baldwin on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. The Wildcats will look to avenge its only regular season loss of 2013, as they fell for the first time in seven seasons at BC last season, 42-28.

The 'Cats then hit the road for back-to-back games, as they travel to Kansas City, Mo., to take on Avila on Oct. 18 and then MNU on Oct. 25.

The annual 'Black Out' game will take place on Saturday, Nov. 1 when the 'Cats take on Culver-Stockton at 1 p.m. Baker shut out Culver, 39-0, in 2013.

The final road game of the regular season will take place at Central Methodist on Nov. 8 and Senior Day will be featured on Saturday, Nov. 15 when Baker hosts No. 7 ranked Missouri Valley at 1 p.m.

For a look at the entire 2014 Baker football schedule, please click here.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Thu, 27 Mar 2014 15:20:50 -0500