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NAIA Football Championship Series: LWC 27. Baker 42

Lindsey Wilson ends its season with a program-best 11 wins and a second appearance in the national quarterfinals. No. 8 Lindsey Wilson Football falls to No. 2 Baker 42-27 in FCS Quarterfinals before 2400 in attendance in Emil Liston Stadium, 115 Freemont Street, Baldwin City, KS.
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By Chris Wells, Sports Information Director
Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY

BALDWIN CITY, KS- No. 8-ranked Lindsey Wilson football's season ended today with a 42-27 loss to second-ranked Baker (KS) in the NAIA Football Championship Series Quarterfinals at Emil Liston Stadium.

The Blue Raiders (11-2) committed a season-high six turnovers in the setback after entering the game with 12 miscues all season. Baker (13-0) marches into next week's national semifinals with the win.

Lindsey Wilson fell behind 21-3 during a disastrous opening quarter.

Jared Dougherty connected on a 23-yard field goal for the lone Lindsey Wilson points in the first frame.

Baker took the opening drive 57 yards for a score to take a 7-0 lead and doubled its lead after Lindsey Wilson fumbled on its first offensive play of the game at the Blue Raider two-yard line to set up the score.

The Wildcats scored again late in the first quarter and on their first drive of the second quarter - -both touchdown tosses from Logan Brettell - to put the Wildcats up 28-3.

Dylan Beasley, who surpassed 6,000 career-passing yards during the game, capped a six-play, 36-yard drive with a touchdown throw to Allen Cooks to cut the Baker lead to 28-9. The extra point was blocked. Cooks finished with a team-high seven catches for 98 yards.

Cornell Brown's 1-yard touchdown run -- his second of the game -- pushed the Baker lead to 35-9 midway through the second quarter.

Lindsey Wilson bounced back to score just before halftime. Blake Ingleton scored from one-yard out to end a 14-play, 50-yard drive. The 35-16 halftime deficit was the largest of the season for the Blue Raiders.

After surrendering 35 points -- some on short fields -- and more than 300 yards, the Lindsey Wilson defense held the Wildcats to just seven points in the second half and 181 yards.

The offense took its cue from the defense to help Lindsey Wilson climb back into the game.

A second Dougherty field goal and another Beasley to Cooks touchdown helped Lindsey Wilson climb within one score -- 35-27 -- with 2:18 left in the third quarter.

After the LWC defense forced a Baker punt, Lindsey Wilson fumbled deep in its own territory, giving the Wildcats the ball on the Blue Raider 11-yard line.

Brettell stole the Lindsey Wilson momentum with a nine-yard touchdown run to give the Wildcats the 42-27 lead with nine seconds left in the third.

The two defenses did not allow a fourth-quarter score to give Baker the 42-27 win.

Beasley finished 22-of-43 for 251 passing yards while Jalen Sublett led the ground attack with 90 rushing yards. Sublett concludes his career with 1,680 rushing yards - second only to Rome Cotton's 1,694 - and with a program-record 29 rushing touchdowns.

Holt Keeling led the Blue Raiders with eight tackles in the game while Avery Ford collected his program-record 10th interception of his career.

Lindsey Wilson ends its season with a program-best 11 wins and a second appearance in the national quarterfinals.

This story was posted on 2016-11-27 03:19:39
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