Baker University football
Missouri Western State converted two fumbles into touchdowns in the first quarter to topple Baker University 42-24 on Saturday in St. Joseph, Mo., in the season opener for both football teams.
The Wildcats outgained the Griffons in total offense, 338 yards to 254 yards. Senior Frank Owens had 21 carries for 94 yards to lead the Wildcats' rushing attack. Sophomore quarterback Mack Brown completed 12 of 21 passes for 137 yards and had a TD run.
"It gives us a good idea of where we're at," Baker coach Mike Grossner said of the loss to the NCAA Div. II foe. "We'll be all right. We played well enough to win without mistakes."
Senior Ryan Smith had three punts for a 42.7 average and junior Derek Doerfler had a 49-yard field goal to lead Baker's special teams.
Defensively, the Wildcats were led by junior Spencer Curran (10 tackles) and Brad Page (seven tackles, interception).
The Wildcats' home opener is 1 p.m. Saturday against Culver-Stockton at Liston Stadium. Baker's new mascot uniform and name will be unveiled during halftime.