Archive for Sunday, November 7, 1993

BAKER WINS

November 7, 1993

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— Tim Sheldon saved his best performance for his last appearance in Liston Stadium.

Sheldon had a near-perfect outing Saturday, completing 28 of 29 passes for 294 yards in Baker's 31-21 victory over MidAmerica Nazarene on Saturday. The game may be the senior's final home game in his hometown.

"Tim's a great quarterback, because he sees everything on the field and always hits the open man," Baker senior running back Rob Kutch said. "He's had a lot of great games, but this is easily one of his best."

Sheldon completed his first 26 pass attempts of the game, setting another Baker record. He had set the marks in career passing and total yards in the previous two games.

"I didn't know I had that many in a row," Sheldon said. "I had no idea about that. I though I had a couple of incompletions in the first half.

"They were giving us everything underneath. It was easy for the receivers to get open and for my job as a quarterback to get the ball in their hands."

Tight end Matt McAtee had a career-high six receptions and 93 yards, but he also gained the notorious distinction of dropping Sheldon's lone incompletion.

"Tim had a great day," McAtee said. "Unfortunately, I was the only one who didn't catch one of his passes. But Tim is always right on the button every time."

McAtee, a 6-5, 245-pound senior, scored on a seven-yard pass from Sheldon with 8:55 left in the third quarter.

"It's a great feeling to have a game like this in what is possibly our last home game," McAtee said. "It's the way I wanted to finish up. Hopefully, we come back for a playoff game. But if not, it finished the way we wanted it to be."

The Wildcats jumped to a 9-0 lead in the second quarter after tackling punter Jason Stansbury in the end zone for a safety. However, MANC answered when it blocked a Baker punt inside the 10 and Frank Rosegrant pounced on the loose ball in the end zone for a touchdown.

"It was a big turnaround after we got the safety and they came back with the touchdown," BU coach Charlie Richard said. "We had a lot of mistakes that hurt us and they hung right in there with us the whole way."

The Wildcats, ranked 16th in NAIA Div. II, improved to 7-2 overall, 6-1 in the conference. The victory keeps Baker in a tie for the Heart-Of-America conference lead with Evangel and Missouri Valley. A victory over Missouri Valley next Saturday would give Baker a berth in the playoffs, but a loss would eliminate the Wildcats' hopes.

"Nothing else matters but that game," Kutch said. "The Evangel and Benedictine games were big, but this game is bigger than either one of those ones."

The Wildcats will face the Vikings at 1:30 p.m. in Marshall, Mo.

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