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September 20, 2017
Contact: Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications
No. 2 Baker at No. 14 Benedictine Tabbed NAIA Game of the Week
BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – Thanks to the fans of Baker and Benedictine Nation, this week’s battle between No. 2 Baker University and No. 14 Benedictine College has been selected the NAIA Game of the Week.
The NAIA placed four games in consideration for the NAIA Football Game of the Week and put the four contests up for a competition on Facebook.
Each game was represented by a photo, the photo with the most ‘Likes’ earned the NAIA Game of the Week distinction. Baker and BC fans voted 366 times to win the contest!
The 4-0 Wildcats and 4-0 Ravens meet for the 35th time on Saturday, as Baker leads the all-time series 19-14-1. The Wildcats have won nine of the last 11 meetings between the two, including a 60-7 win last year.
Seven of the last 10 games between these two teams have been decided by 10 points or less, with five of them being decided by a touchdown or less.
This is the 4th-straight time Baker has come into their game against BC ranked inside the top-5.
They are 1-2 in the previous three games. Baker is also riding a 21-game winning streak against opponents from the Heart. The last loss came at Larry Wilcox Stadium in Atchison on September 26, 2015 in a 35-31 win for the Ravens.
BU’s JD Woods leads the NAIA in scoring with 60 points. He has nine rushing TDs & one receiving TD. He has scored multiple TDs in three of four games.
The Ravens are Top 10 in the NAIA in rush offense and defense. They average 303 yds/gm (4th) and give up only 67.3 yds/gm (8th).
Both teams come into today’s game outscoring their opposition by more than 30 points per game. BC at +36.2 and BU at + 31.7.
Marquis Stewart’s 236 rushing yards vs. MNU are the most by a Raven running back since Cameron Fore rushed for 236 yards against Avila on 10/12/2013.
JD Woods & Ejay Johnson of BC are No. 2 and No. 3 in the NAIA in total rushing. They are also the only two Heart RBs averaging 100+ yds/gm.
Baker’s Clarence Clark broke the all-time NAIA career scoring record against William Penn and has amassed 577 points in his career breaking the old record of 526.
The Baker defense is No. 2 in the NAIA in total sacks with 16. Indie Allen, Josh Kock and Jack Taylor are all tied for the team lead in sacks with three.
The Wildcat defense is No. 11 in rushing defense per game at 97 yards and is No. 19 in the NAIA in scoring defense per game at 22.3 per game.
2016 NAIA National Player of the Year Logan Brettell is now Baker’s all-time leader in total offensive yards with 8,360 and is now just 569 yards away from breaking Mack Brown’s all-time passing yards record for BU. That record is 8,278 passing yards which was set in 2009.
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