M Football http://www.bakeru.edu Sat, 01 Nov 2014 03:06:54 -0500 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb No. 7 Baker Returns Home for Black Out Game http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10393-no-7-baker-returns-home-for-black-out-game http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10393-no-7-baker-returns-home-for-black-out-game Ladai Shawn Boose leads the Wildcats in receptions and receiving yards this season

GAME NOTES

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – After being away from Liston Stadium for 35 days, the No. 7 ranked Baker University football team returns home to take on HAAC opponent Culver-Stockton College on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. in the annual 'Black Out' Liston Stadium game.

Baker began the year a perfect 7-0 and 5-0 in the HAAC for the best start in head coach Mike Grossner's 11-year tenure at Baker, but that perfect run ended last week on Saturday, Oct. 25 at No. 20 MNU in the NAIA Game of the Week.

The Pioneers defeated Baker, 34-27, last week in overtime and puts Baker, Missouri Valley and MNU in a tie for first place in the HAAC standings at 5-1.

Culver-Stockton enters Saturday with a record of 3-5 and 1-5 in the HAAC and hasn't defeated the Baker Wildcats since 2006, as BU has defeated CSC seven-straight times including a 39-0 road win last season.

Freshman Logan Brettell has emerged as the Wildcats starting quarterback in the last two week's. He had a break out game on the ground against MNU running 18 times for 125 yards and two touchdowns against the Pioneers and he threw for 202 yards in the 45-3 win at Avila on Oct. 18.

Camren Torneden and Adonis Powell have been consistent threats in the running game for Baker as well, as Torneden leads the team with 466 yards rushing, while Powell has the team lead in rushing touchdowns with four.

Leading the team receiving has been first year wideout Ladai Shawn Boose with his team leading 28 catches, 439 yards receiving and four touchdowns.

Mike Stevenson and Duane Sims have been terrific in the secondary for Baker, as both have combined for eight interceptions. Stevenson has a team high five and Sims has three.

Andre Jolly has continued to play up to his 2012 All-American status leading the team with 6.5 sacks and Josh Kock has been stellar in the middle of the defensive line with 4.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss he is tied for the team lead in that category with Jolly and Tucker Pauley.

For fans that can't make it out to Liston Stadium, you can watch the game at www.bakerwildcats.com on a live video stream and live stats broadcast.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Baker Mourns the Loss of Football Player Sione Maumau http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10392-baker-mourns-the-loss-of-football-player-sione-maumau http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10392-baker-mourns-the-loss-of-football-player-sione-maumau Baker Mourns the Loss of Football Player Sione Maumau

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University athletic department is mourning the loss of sophomore football player Sione Maumau who passed away suddenly on Wednesday evening on the Baldwin City campus.

Maumau was a defensive lineman for the No. 7 ranked Wildcat football team and hailed from Highlands Ranch, Colo. He was the son of Viliami and Michele Maumau.

"Sione was a charismatic, well beloved student-athlete," said Baker Director of Athletics Theresa Yetmar. "He spent his time involved in numerous activities including football, speech choir, and acting as a resident assistant. Some may also remember his smiling, welcoming face at the gate for our volleyball and basketball games. I know that's how I will always remember him."

Baker University will next take on Culver-Stockton this Saturday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. inside Liston Stadium for the annual 'Black Out' game.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Baker Falls to No. 7 in NAIA Poll http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10373-baker-falls-to-no-7-in-naia-poll http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10373-baker-falls-to-no-7-in-naia-poll Josh Kock is amongst the Baker team leaders in tackles for loss with 10 this season

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – After suffering its first loss of the season, the Baker University football team fell five spots from No. 2 to No. 7 in this week's NAIA Coaches' Top 25 poll.

The Wildcats enter this week with a record of 7-1 and 5-1 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference after falling to then-No. 20 ranked MidAmerica Nazarene, 34-27, in overtime in the NAIA Game of the Week.

Three other HAAC schools are featured in this week's poll including No. 10 Missouri Valley, No. 14 MNU and No. 22 Benedictine.

Baker will host Culver-Stockton this Saturday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. inside Liston Stadium in the annual 'Black Out' Liston game. All fans are asked to wear black to the game.

Notes (all information dates back to 1999): Morningside (Iowa) is making its 15th all-time appearance at No. 1 ... The Mustangs have held the No. 1 ranking in 15 of the last 21 Coaches' Polls ... Three teams have held the No. 1 ranking since the 2013 Preseason Poll: Morningside (Iowa), Cumberlands (Ky.) and Grand View (Iowa) ... 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), Morningside and Saint Xavier (Ill.) (14) ... With the streak of Saint Francis (Ind.) snapped on Oct. 13 at 186-straight Top 25 rankings, Carroll now owns the active lead with 176, Missouri Valley with 111, Morningside with 94 and Saint Xavier with 84 ... Morningside holds the longest streak of top 10 rankings, having been ranked among the top 10 teams for 43-straight polls dating back to Sept. 19, 2011 ... Overall, 34 teams have been ranked in 2014 ... No. 25 Friends is making its first appearance since Sept. 15, 2014 ... On Oct. 6, No. 17 Valley City State (N.D.) became the first team from the North Star Athletic Association to crack the Top 25 ... Baker (Kan.), Carroll, Faulkner (Ala.), Grand View and Morningside have been ranked among the top-10 in every edition this season ... The Association of Independent Institutions and The Sun Conference are the only leagues not to have a team ranked at some point in the Top 25 this season.

To view the entire poll, please click here.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500
No. 20 MNU Ends No. 2 Baker’s Perfect Run http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10369-no-20-mnu-ends-no-2-baker-s-perfect-run http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10369-no-20-mnu-ends-no-2-baker-s-perfect-run No. 20 MNU Ends No. 2 Baker’s Perfect Run

OLATHE, Kan. – The No. 2 ranked Baker Wildcats at No. 20 MidAmerica Nazarene lived up to the hype, as the two rivals battled to a 34-27 overtime win for the Pioneers in the NAIA Game of the Week.

With the win MNU improves to 6-1 overall and 5-1 in the HAAC, while Baker fell to 7-1 and 5-1 in the conference.

The Pioneers scored first in the contest on a 29-yard field goal by Cristian Casillas with 6:38 left in the first quarter. Baker responded on the next possession with a touchdown off of a seven yard touchdown run by freshman quarterback Logan Brettell.

The game went back-and-forth all day long until Baker went up 21-10 in the third quarter on a 25-yard run by Brettell.

MNU then scored 10 straight points with a two-yard touchdown run and a 43-yard field goal by Casillas.

The 'Cats then went up 27-20 with a rumbling touchdown run by Alex Stebbins with 13:13 left in the quarter.

But Baker went for two on the extra point with a run attempt by Brettell but was stopped short of the goal line.

MNU tied things up with 5:51 in the fourth quarter when Earvin Simmons scored on a 44-yard touchdown pass from Trent Hedlund and the game then went into overtime.

Erik May opened up the OT with a one-yard run and Baker was then stopped on fourth down to end the game.

The 'Cats will return home next Saturday, Nov. 1 to take on Culver-Stockton in the annual 'Black Out' Liston Stadium game.

Mike Stevenson came up with a huge play in the fourth quarter has he picked off Hedlund for his fifth interception of the season for the 'Cats. He also had four tackles.

Duane Sims also had a pick on the night and Tucker Pauley led the 'Cats with 12 tackles.

Brettell had a stellar game rushing with 18 attempts and 125 yards and two scores and Adonis Powell added 75 yards rushing. Brettell was 8-of-17 passing for 127 yards and an interception and Ladai Shawn Boose led the team with two receptions on 49 yards.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500
No. 2 Baker at No. 20 MNU Tabbed NAIA Game of the Week http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10364-no-2-baker-at-no-20-mnu-tabbed-naia-game-of-the-week http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10364-no-2-baker-at-no-20-mnu-tabbed-naia-game-of-the-week Baker's defense is the NAIA's leading scoring defense allowing just 12.9 points per game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The No. 2 ranked Baker University football teams game this Saturday, Oct. 25 at No. 20 MidAmerica Nazarene has been selected this week's NAIA Football Game of the Week.

The contest was chosen by fans from all across the country on the NAIA's official Facebook page. 220 fans "Liked" the NAIA photo that featured BU and MNU which was 54 more than the second place game of No. 11 William Penn (Iowa) and No. 9 St. Xavier (Ill.).

The game will kick off at 2 p.m. inside the Olathe District Activities Center off of the campus of MNU in Olathe, Kan.

The Wildcats, who are one of two remaining unbeaten teams in the NAIA at 7-0 and 5-0 in the HAAC, holds a one-game lead in the league standings over MidAmerica Nazarene and Missouri Valley, which both sit with 4-1 conference records.

Since 1999, the all-time series has been dominated by MidAmerica Nazarene, as the club boasts a 13-1 record. Additionally, the Pioneers have not lost to Baker at home since falling, 38-0, in 1996.

Last season, Baker snapped a 13-game losing streak with a 37-20 win. The Wildcats were led by then-senior running back Dillon Baxter, who churned out 138 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries.

Defensively, Baker held MidAmerica Nazarene to a season-low 233 yards of total offense, including only 58 yards rushing.

Baker is 3-0 against ranked teams this season with wins coming against then-No. 14 Ottawa (Kan.) (20-12), then-No. 15 Sterling (Kan.) (31-30) and then-No. 19 Benedictine (Kan.) (27-21).

The Wildcats have won 15-straight regular-season contests dating back to 2013. The program's last regular-season loss came at Benedictine (Kan.), 42-28, on Sept. 21, 2013.

Baker enters Saturday leading the NAIA in scoring defense (12.9), while ranking sixth in total defense (263.7), 13th in rushing defense (111.4) and 14th in passing defense (152.3). The Wildcats have held their opponents to 14 points-or-fewer in five-of-seven games this season, including a 41-0 shutout of Graceland (Iowa) on Sept. 27.

Freshman linebacker Keith Loneker has emerged as a key cog in the Baker defense this season. The Lawrence, Kan., native leads the team with 53 tackles (21 solo), while ranking second on the team in fumble recoveries and fourth in tackles for loss.

Freshman defensive lineman Josh Kock has been equally impressive. He currently is tied for the team lead with senior defensive end Andre Jolly for the team lead in tackles for loss with nine. Jolly is the team leader with 6.5 sacks.

Senior defensive back Mike Stevenson leads a talented secondary with four interceptions on the year – ninth-best total in the NAIA.

Offensively, Baker has had three different individuals play considerable time at quarterback this season. Freshman Logan Brettell played a majority of the minutes last Saturday in the Wildcats' 45-3 win against Avila (Mo.). He completed 73 percent of his throws for 202 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles.

Junior Jake Heller and sophomore Nick Marra have also seen time under center this season for Baker.

Wide receiver Ladai Shawn Boose has been the primary target for Wildcat quarterbacks this season, as he leads the team in catches (26), receiving yards (390) and receiving touchdowns (4).

Tailbacks Camren Torneden and Adonis Powell lead the Baker rushing attack with 423 and 366 yards each, respectively. Powell, who was playing in his first game in more than a month last Saturday vs. Avila, ran for 109 yards and three touchdowns.

MidAmerica Nazarene has been on an upswing of late, returning to the Top 25 following a marquee win against then-No. 7 Missouri Valley, 20-17, on Oct. 11. The game was part of the Gridiron Challenge at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Last weekend, the Pioneers dismantled Evangel (Mo.), 52-7, on the road.

Running back Javon Taylor posted his third 100-plus yard performance against the Crusaders, tallying 161 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. The Covina, Calif., native leads the team in rushing with 684 yards and rushing touchdowns with eight. His best performance of the season came against Central Methodist (Mo.) on Oct. 4, as he rolled for 220 yards and three scores in the loss.

Quarterback Trent Hedlund leads the passing attack with 1,271 yards passing and nine touchdowns. Wide receiver Chris Fields has been Hedlund's favorite target so far this season with 20 catches for 324 yards and four touchdowns.

Overall, the offensive unit for MidAmerica Nazarene is averaging 32.7 points and 375.5 total yards per game.

Similarly to Baker, MidAmerica Nazarene has shown a strong defense all season, ranking among the top 20 nationally in pass defense efficiency (85.2), opponent first downs (102), scoring defense (18.2), total defense per game (296.0) and rushing defense per game (121.5).

Linebackers Luke Elam and Justin Vargas captain the defense for the Pioneers. Elam leads the team with 46 tackles (28 solo), while Vargas is second with 40 tackles (17 solo).

Defensive lineman DeMarco Kemp leads the team with 7.5 tackles for loss, while Mason Matthews owns a team-high four sacks.

Fans can catch the game online for a $5 fee at www.bakerwildcats.com, but fans can hear a live internet audio broadcast for free also at www.bakerwildcats.com.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Baker Keeps Perfect Record with 45-3 win at Avila http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10350-baker-keeps-perfect-record-with-45-3-win-at-avila http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10350-baker-keeps-perfect-record-with-45-3-win-at-avila Andrew Augsburger scored on a 29-yard touchdown pass on Saturday

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The No. 2 ranked Baker University football team kept its perfect record in tact on Saturday, as they rolled past Avila, 45-3, to move to 7-0 and 5-0 in the HAAC.

With the win, Baker improves to 14-0 all-time against Avila and the Eagles fall to 3-4 on the year and AU has lost four straight after beginning the year 3-0.

The 'Cats led 28-0 at the half after three rushing touchdowns by Adonis Powell of 13, 16 and seven yards and T.J. Holtrop caught an 8-yard pass from Logan Brettell.

Then Brettell began the third quarter with a seven-yard touchdown run and Andrew Augsburger caught a 29-yard pass from Jake Heller for the final score of the game for Baker.

Avila tacked on a field goal in the 4th quarter to put the score of a final of 45-3. Danny Spencer knocked in a 40-yard field goal for Avila.

Baker accumulated 426 total yards, while allowing just 148 and the Wildcats recorded 25 first downs to just nine by Avila.

Powell finished the day with 109 yards rushing and those three touchdowns, while Augsburger led the team with four receptions for 59 yards.

Brettell was 19-of-26 from the field for 202 yards and a touchdown, while Heller was 6-of-14 for 67 yards and the one touchdown.

Baker had two interceptions one from Duane Sims and the other from Linebacker Blake Winslow. Keith Loneker Jr. had three tackles for loss and seven tackles and Andre Jolly had another sack and five tackles.

Baker will next take on MidAmerica Nazarene next Saturday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. in Olathe, Kan., at the Olathe District Activity Center (ODAC).

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Baker Continues Hold of No. 2 Spot http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10340-baker-continues-hold-of-no-2-spot http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10340-baker-continues-hold-of-no-2-spot Jake Heller threw for 207 yards and one touchdown at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After defeating rival No. 19 Benedictine on Saturday, 27-21, in the inaugural NAIA Gridiron Challenge at Arrowhead Stadium home of the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Baker University football team held onto the No. 2 spot in this week's NAIA Coaches' Top 25 poll for the fourth-straight week.

The 6-0 Wildcats are now 4-0 in the HAAC and this marks the first 6-0 start under 11-year head coach Mike Grossner. Baker is one of just four remaining teams in the NAIA unbeaten and the 'Cats have won 14-straight regular season games dating back to last season.

With losses last week fellow HAAC members Missouri Valley and Benedictine fell back in the poll, as Missouri Valley lost 20-17 in the first game of the doubleheader at Arrowhead on Saturday and is now ranked No. 14 and Benedictine fell to No. 25. MidAmerica Nazarene faulted into the top 25 at No. 23.

Notes: (all information dates back to 1999): Morningside (Iowa) is making its 13th all-time appearance at No. 1 ... Three teams have held the No. 1 ranking since the 2013 Preseason Poll: Morningside (Iowa), Cumberlands (Ky.) and Grand View (Iowa) ... 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 Morningside ... With the streak of Saint Francis (Ind.) snapped at 186-straight Top 25 rankings, Carroll now owns the active lead with 174, Missouri Valley with 109, Morningside with 92 and Saint Xavier with 82 ... Morningside holds the longest streak of top 10 rankings, having been ranked among the top 10 teams for 41-straight polls dating back to Sept. 19, 2011 ... Overall, 35 teams have been ranked in 2014 ... No. 22 Valley City State (N.D.) is making its second appearance since Oct. 14, 2013 ... The Vikings are also the first team from the North Star Athletic Association to break into the Top 25 ... No. 2 Baker (Kan.) has never been ranked higher than its current position ... No. 8 Robert Morris (Ill.) is making its second straight top-10 appearance following last week's first-ever jump into the top-10.

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, 14 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500
No. 2 Baker Takes NAIA Gridiron Challenge From BC, 27-21 http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10335-no-2-baker-takes-naia-gridiron-challenge-from-bc-27-21 http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10335-no-2-baker-takes-naia-gridiron-challenge-from-bc-27-21 No. 2 Baker Takes NAIA Gridiron Challenge From BC, 27-21

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – No. 2-ranked Baker University extended its regular-season winning streak to 14 games with a 27-21 victory over No. 19 Benedictine on Saturday night at the NAIA Gridiron Challenge at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Wildcats, who haven't lost in the regular season since a setback to Benedictine in the third week of the 2013 season, improved to 6-0 while the Ravens dropped to 3-3.

Clinging to a 17-14 lead entering the second half, the Wildcats controlled most of the second half. Sparked by a 46-yard return by Jeremy Immenschuh on the opening kickoff, Logan Brettell's 28-yard field goal two minutes into the third quarter padded Baker's lead to 20-14. A two-yard TD run later in the quarter by running back Alex Stebbins gave the Wildcats a commanding 27-14 advantage.

The Ravens' lone score in the second half came on quarterback Kyle Harmyk's 34-yard pass with 7:26 left in the fourth quarter, one play after Benedictine Aric Bundage's intereption set up the score.

Senior defensive end Andre Jolly's nine-yard sack with 40 seconds left helped seal the victory.

Senior running back Camren Torneden had 24 carries for 89 yards to lead the Wildcats' rushing attack. Junior running back Tyler Henness carried 31 times for 152 yards to lead the Ravens, who compiled 364 yards total offense to Baker's 310. Baker senior Jake Heller, making his first start of the season at quarterback, completed 19 of 35 passes for 207 yards with a touchdown and interception.

In a close first half, Benedictine compiled 200 yards total offense to Baker's 199. Senior Jake Heller, making his first start of the season for the injured Nick Marra, completed 13 of 20 passes for 175 yards in the first half. Baker took the lead for good at 17-14 with 2:42 remaining in the first half after senior Camren Torneden plunged in from one-yard out on third and goal. The go-ahead drive was set up by Baker's recovery of a botched fake punt at the Ravens' 34-yard line with 5:38 left.

Another Ravens' special teams mishap led to Baker's first score when the Wildcats snuffed Benedictine's first drive with a blocked punt, recovering the ball at the Ravens' 30-yard line. Two plays later Heller, connected with Ladai Shawn Boose wide open in the end zone for a 24-yard touchdown.

With 2:06 left in the first quarter, Kyle Harmyk found receiver Will Rzucidlo open on a quick slant on fourth-and-five to even the score at 7-all. Henness powered his way in for a two-yard run with 13:08 left in the first half to give Benedictine its first lead of the first half at 14-7.

Brettell connected on a 31-yard field goal with 7:11 to pull Baker within 14-10.
Baker, which is assured of its eighth consecutive winning season, will play next Saturday at Avila. Kickoff is 1 p.m.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Sat, 11 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500
No. 2 Baker, No. 19 BC set for Arrowhead Stadium Showdown http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10331-no-2-baker-no-19-bc-set-for-arrowhead-stadium-showdown http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10331-no-2-baker-no-19-bc-set-for-arrowhead-stadium-showdown No. 2 Baker, No. 19 BC set for Arrowhead Stadium Showdown

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The No. 2 ranked Baker University football team will take on No. 19 ranked Benedictine this Saturday at 7 p.m. in the highly anticipated NAIA Gridiron Challenge game at Arrowhead Stadium home of the Kansas City Chiefs.

The 5-0 Wildcats will take on a 3-2 Benedictine team that they have beaten in seven of the last eight meetings.

Baker defeated the Ravens in seven straight games from 2006-2012. BC has the overall edge in 30 games against BU, with a 16-13-1 advantage.

Saturday will feature a doubleheader at Arrowhead Stadium with No. 7 Missouri Valley taking on (RV) MidAmerica Nazarene at 3 p.m. in game one of the doubleheader.

This marks the first time that Arrowhead Stadium has featured a game between two NAIA institutions.

The Wildcats enter Saturday with the No. 4 ranked scoring defense in the NAIA, allowing just 13.2 points per game and the offensive line is No. 14 in the country in total sacks against with just five.

Special teams have been key for the Wildcats, as they have captured the last two HAAC Special Teams Player of the Week honors, from punt and kick returner Camren Torneden and last week, freshman kicker Logan Brettell earned the nod.

Torneden ranks second in the nation in kick off returns per attempt at 50 yards. Defensively, Mike Stevenson has proven to be one of the top corner backs in the country with four interceptions in five games which ranks him No. 5 in the nation.

Benedictine will feature the current HAAC Offensive Player of the Week with Tyler Henness who averages 146.6 yards per game rushing.

Fans can watch the game online at www.bakerwildcats.com with Baker Hall of Famer Tom Hedrick and color analyst Jim Joyner. This week's live stream video broadcast will feature an HD broadcast with all six of the Kansas City Chiefs high definition cameras.

It will be a very unique and high quality experience for all Baker fans who can't make it out to the game Saturday.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Thu, 09 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500
BU Ranked No. 2 For Third-Straight Week http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10318-cats-ranked-no-2-for-third-straight-week http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10318-cats-ranked-no-2-for-third-straight-week Connor Stremel and the No. 2 ranked Wildcats take on Benedictine this Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium at 7 p.m.

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – With its perfect 5-0 record and 24-10 road win at Peru State last Saturday, the Baker University football team is ranked No. 2 for the third-straight week in the NAIA Coaches' Top 25 Poll.

The Wildcats will now take on No. 19 ranked Benedictine College in the highly anticipated NAIA Gridiron Challenge at Arrowhead Stadium the home of the Kansas City Chiefs this Saturday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.

The Ravens are 3-2 on the season after defeating Evangel 16-6 at home last week. Baker has defeated the Ravens in seven of the last eight seasons.

Three of the four teams competing in the NAIA Gridiron Challenge are ranked this week including Baker, Benedictine and No. 7 Missouri Valley.

No. 7 Missouri Valley will take on (RV) MidAmerica Nazarene inside Arrowhead stadium in game one of the doubleheader at 3 p.m.

Notes (all information dates back to 1999): Morningside (Iowa) is making its 12th appearance at No. 1 ... Three teams have held the No. 1 ranking since the 2013 Preseason Poll: Morningside (Iowa), Cumberlands (Ky.) and Grand View (Iowa) ... 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 Morningside ... Saint Francis boasts the longest consecutive stretch of being named in the Coaches' Top 25 Poll with 186 ... Following the Cougars in consecutive appearances are Carroll with 173, Missouri Valley with 108, Morningside with 91 and Saint Xavier with 81 ... Morningside holds the longest streak of top 10 rankings, having been ranked among the top 10 teams for 40-straight polls dating back to Sept. 19, 2011 ... Overall, 33 teams have been ranked in 2014 ... No. 23 Valley City State (N.D.) is making its first appearance since Oct. 14, 2013 ... The Vikings are also the first team from the North Star Athletic Association to break into the Top 25 ... No. 2 Baker (Kan.) has never been ranked higher than its current position ... No. 10 Robert Morris (Ill.) is making its first-ever top-10 appearance

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

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Mon, 06 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500