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Baker sets sights on 500th win today

September 23, 2006

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— Baker University, coming off an overtime victory over No. 23 William Jewell, will attempt to claim the 500th victory in program history when it plays host to Evangel tonight.

Kickoff is 6 p.m. at Liston Stadium.

"Baker University football had quite a run in the '80s and early '90s to establish a tradition of excellence," third-year Baker coach Mike Grossner said. "We are trying to bring back that tradition and reestablish our winning ways. We feel we are moving in the right direction with a great bunch of kids. We feel honored to represent Baker University football."

Baker's all-time record is 499-353-39.

The Wildcats (2-1 overall, 2-1 in the HAAC) received 11 votes in the NAIA poll this week to rank 29th nationally. Baker's two victories have been decided by a total of seven points.

"The difference in winning the close games has been the confidence and one year of experience for a lot of these sophomores," Grossner said. "We are playing much better defense and special teams, which keeps you in football games. Our turnover ratio is plus-2 and that will help in the close ones."

Evangel (1-2, 1-2) was co-champion of the HAAC last season.

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