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Archive for Friday, September 26, 1997

BAKER FOOTBALL FALLS, 26-16

September 26, 1997

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— Seven turnovers.

One box in the stat column summarized Baker University's football game on Thursday night as the Wildcats fell to Graceland College, 26-16.

Four fumbles and three interceptions forced Baker to squander a 14-7 halftime lead and eventually lose the game.

"You can't have seven turnovers and beat a team a good as team as Graceland," Baker coach John Frangoulis said. "Graceland had some turnovers and I'll be darned if we didn't just give the ball back to them and that hurt us tremendously."

Baker quarterback Ian Page returned after missing last week's contest with a sprained shoulder. Page was 10-of-25 for 128 yards, but threw three interceptions.

"We just made some mistakes and they capitalized on them," Page said. "We showed we could move the ball tonight and if you limit our mistakes we'll do better."

"Offensively, we were out of sync a little bit this week, but we moved the ball well and then shot ourselves in the foot." Frangoulis said.

The Baker loss interrupted one of the most impressive performances of all -- from Wildcat running back Cedric Colbert.

Colbert rushed for 295 yards on 28 attempts with one touchdown. His effort marked the third best single game rushing performance in Baker history.

"I don't know if there is anyone in the country that has that many yards through three games," Frangoulis said.

Colbert scored on a 29-yard run early in the second quarter to tie the game at seven. Baker then went up by seven points as Page ran nine yards for a score with 1:41 left in the first half.

Down 20-14 in the fourth quarter with 9:45 remaining, Baker was set to field a punt from the Yellowjackets' Jarrod Morris. BU's Chris Claussen, trying to field the ball off a bounce, touched the football and sent it into the hands of a Graceland player.

Three plays later, Bryan George marched in with a two yard run and a 26-14 lead.

Baker's defense, after a poor showing at Lindenwood on Saturday, redeemed itself against a potent Graceland offense. Graceland was held to 342 total yards and 14 first downs.

Despite the mistakes off turnovers, Baker's offense once again looked sharp. The Wildcats totaled 27 first downs and finished with 529 yards -- 464 rushing. Page gained 65 rushing yards and Rob Winfrey rushed for 79 yards on 13 carries.

"We had good game plans on both sides of the ball and they came out and played hard," Frangoulis said. "They're gonna take a few days off, then we're gonna come back and straighten out our mistakes."

The Yellowjackets (3-0, 2-0) proved they could still score with limited service from running back Marcus Kious. Kious, who was second in the conference behind Colbert in rushing, stepped out of the game in the second half after an injury. He finished with 95 yards on 16 carries.

It marked Graceland's first victory at Liston Stadium. Baker still holds to advantage in the all-time series, 21-7.

Graceland 26, Baker 16

Graceland7 0 13 6 -- 26

Baker0 14 0 2 -- 16

G -- Marcus Kious 25 run (Kirk Ojendyk kick).

B -- Cedric Colbert 29 run (Brandon Simpson kick).

B -- Ian Page 9 run (Simpson kick).

G -- Chris Coffin 1 run (Ojendyk kick).

G -- Shane Strand 58 pass from Coffin.

G -- Bryan George 2 run.

B -- Jarrod Morris safety.

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