Baker’s defense stuffs Lindenwood, 22-0
Baker University made a statement Saturday, especially the defense, in a 22-0 blanking of Lindenwood in a must-win game.
"It was a critical game for us going in," said coach John Frangoulis, who saw his Wildcats even their record at 2-2 with the home win. "Obviously we needed to win and we sure needed to win at home.
"The defense played very well. Anytime you can get a shut out at any level, it's good," said Frangoulis, whose defense held Lindenwood to 85 yards in total offense. "The offense played good enough."
Baker jumped out to an early first-quarter lead with a 30-yard field goal by Nate Tubach. Four minutes later, BU quarterback Martin Updike made it 10-0 with a two-yard touchdown run.
The Wildcats upped that to 20-0 in the second quarter with another Tubach field goal, this one 22 yards, and a 28-yard touchdown scamper by Ramon Barber.
The second half was all defense. The Wildcats not only blanked Lindenwood, but also put the last points on the scoreboard with a safety by Eric Moore.
The defense's performance was especially notable given the explosive Lindenwood offense.
"They've got enough talent that they can be explosive," said Frangoulis. "They've got the potential to put up a couple of touchdowns real quick and we didn't let that happen."
As for the offense, Frangoulis looked at penalties as the culprit for slowing it down. After having 14 penalties in a game three weeks ago, Baker cut that down to three last week. But Saturday the flags were flying again with 11 of them aimed at the Wildcats.
"It's mental mistakes that are hurting us," he said of the penalties. "They're shooting us in the foot. This is the time of year to get that fixed."
Updike finished with a 14-for-27 throwing night for 139 yards. Barber had 89 yards rushing and caught five of those passes.
Next up for the Wildcats will be an away game at Graceland Saturday. Baker and Graceland have battled it out in some close games in the past several years.
"Graceland has lost to three good teams, the supposed top three teams in our conference and two of those were on the road," said Frangoulis. "For whatever reason the last three years it's gone down to the last play between Graceland and us. It'll be a good game."