Fort Wayne, Ind. Baker University’s football season ended with a 22-17 loss to St. Francis in the first round of the NAIA Football Championship Series on Saturday.
On their final drive, the 11th-ranked Wildcats drove to the USF 48, but the possession ended with an interception, and the No. 6 Cougars held on for their 17th straight home victory in the playoffs.
Baker (8-3) held USF (9-2) to just 3.1 yards per carry for 41 carries (126 yards).
Dillon Baxter led Baker with 102 yards on 22 carries, and Sam Vossen completed 17 of 29 passes for 203 yards.
Scott Schrag led the Wildcats with 16 tackles, and Ryder Werts had 15 with a sack and 21⁄2 tackles for loss.