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62-yard field goal lifts BU

Place kicker’s career day leads Baker to victory

October 7, 2007

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Baker University junior Richie Bryant (1) avoids an ankle tackle during Saturday's victory over William Jewell.

Baker University junior Richie Bryant (1) avoids an ankle tackle during Saturday's victory over William Jewell.

— Derek Doerfler seemingly had a better chance of winning the lottery without buying a ticket. A 62-yard field goal into a gusty crosswind? Hah. No way.

Do you believe in : ?

Doerfler's desperation kick sailed through the uprights with only 39 seconds remaining and lifted Baker to a stunning 15-13 come-from-behind football victory over William Jewell.

"Phenomenal : absolutely phenomenal," Jewell coach Fran Schwenk said after Doerfler's moon shot Saturday at Liston Stadium. "That young man deserves to be national player of the week."

Four earlier Doerfler field goals had staked Baker to a 12-0 lead, but quarterback Benny Palmer guided the Cardinals to a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns and a 13-12 lead with 5:40 remaining.

The Wildcats had plenty of time to mount a comeback, and they moved crisply to the Jewell 38-yard line as time continued to slip away.

Then, when quarterback Mack Brown was sacked for a seven-yard loss, Baker coach Mike Grossner faced a fourth-and-18 situation with the 'Cats a long, long 45 yards from the end zone.

Plan A was go for it. Plan B was to have Doerfler attempt a 62-yard field goal.

"I knew he had enough leg," Grossner said, "but with that crosswind, I didn't feel he could make it."

Nevertheless, after listening to Doerfler and holder Ryan Smith lobby for the field-goal try, Grossner relented.

"It's hard to believe, but he hits them from 70 yards in practice on a good day," Smith said. "I had all the faith in the world in him."

So when play resumed, Smith placed Aaron Whittle's snap perfectly on the left hash mark at Baker's 48-yard line, and Doerfler unloaded his boot high into the breeze.

"I hardly watched it," Grossner said. "I just didn't think it would make it."

Soon, however, it was apparent Doerfler's blast was long enough. Still, it appeared to be headed to the right.

"It seemed like it was in the air forever," Doerfler said with a smile.

Slowly, though, the crosswind pushed the ball through the uprights, and it landed on the running track behind the east goal posts.

"It was a difficult day because of the crosswind," said Doerfler, a former BU soccer player who had to talk Grossner into letting him join the football team. "But I do it in practice all the time. You've just got to put it up there."

Doerfler, a 5-foot-11, 213-pound junior from Lee's Summit, Mo., broke the school distance record of 57 yards he had set earlier in the season. His five field goals - the others went 20, 27, 32 and 53 yards -also were a school record.

The NAIA record for most three-pointers in a game is six, while the distance record is 69 yards set back in the mid-1970s when tees were legal.

Except for Doerfler's right leg and a 114-yard rushing performance by tailback Richie Bryant, the 'Cats spun their wheels on homecoming.

"It would have been a sour taste," Grossner said. "There were many times we could have scored a touchdown, but we have faith in Doerfler. He's phenomenal."

Phenomenal, but not perfect. He was 5-for-6. He missed his first attempt, a 31-yarder, that was wide-left early in the second quarter.

"I didn't check the wind on that one," Doerfler said, "and I left it out too far."

Comments

pity2bu 7 years, 2 months ago

Chuck Woodling's article comments, "Derek Doerfler seemingly had a better chance of winning the lottery without buying a ticket. A 62-yard field goal into a gusty crosswind? Hah. No way."

"Do you believe in : ?"

"Doerfler's desperation kick sailed through the uprights with only 39 seconds remaining and lifted Baker to a stunning 15-13 come-from-behind football victory over William Jewell."

So Chuckie, "win the lotto without a ticket, believe in what, miracles, or a desperation kick,'" seems like you're struggling for something...instead of giving Doerfler credit where credit is due. I know that you wished Kansas University had a kicker of this magnitude, or better yet even the Chiefs for that matter. As you see Doerfler doesn't make field goals every now and again, he's consistent, a tool that Coach Fat Man at KU wished that he had in his high school team arsenal.

This is the very reason why you write for small town papers like Lawrence son, it's just another article the urinal world posts like all the rest.

Fantastic Job Derek!!!!

pity2bu 7 years, 2 months ago

pilgrim,

I didn't know I was going to step on your little toes, OUCH, you seem to be insulted as you should be. See Baker doesn't play little known colleges that aren't in their Division in order to build up their confidence. But If I were a Kansas University Alum, NOOOTTTT, I too would want KU to play all the under-rated teams as shown from past history. At least they too would have a non-defeated season...

SO PILGRIM, Keep backing coach FAT MAN and his fledglings, they need all the groupies they can get. Oh by the way, you might want to check as I heard KSU was playing their third string, as well as some of their red-shirt players last Saturday... that's why it looked more like prep school ball, that's a step above high school ball, than the BIG 12. You do the math! Imagine that....makes you go, hhhhhhmmmmmmm doesn't it. I be pretty embarrassed too if you know what I mean.

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