Baldwin City — Dillon Baxter scored on a 15-yard pass from Jake Morse with 48 seconds remaining, and 15th-ranked Baker University defeated No. 18 Ottawa, 25-24, in college football Saturday night at Liston Stadium.
Baker took a 7-0 lead on a 27-yard pass from Morse to Scott Meyer with 12:36 left in the first quarter, but Ottawa led 9-7 at halftime.
Baker also scored in the second half on a 17-yard pass from Morse to Camren Torneden and a one-yard run by Alex Stebbins.
After Baxter’s late touchdown, Ottawa came storming back with passes from Michael Behr to Kellan Hernandez and Dexter Hayes, and with just seconds to go, Jeff Stamp set up for a 42-yard field goal. On his approach for the kick, the Baker defense was called for encroachment.
So Stamp lined up for a 37-yard field goal and missed wide-right, but Baker was called for roughing the kicker.
So the Braves moved up for a 27-yarder, and the junior kicker missed it wide- right again, and the Baker crowd stormed the field.
Baxter finished with 119 yards rushing on 16 carries.
Baker (1-0) will play St. Mary on Saturday in Leavenworth.