|Graceland (Iowa) (0-4)||0||0||14||0||14|
|Baker (Kan.) (4-0)||23||28||8||7||66|
|Baldwin City, KS|
|Graceland (Iowa)||Indv. Leaders||Baker (Kan.)|
|#34 Kalem Williams - 30||Rushing||#1 JD Woods - 112|
|#4 Preston Compton - 370||Passing||#11 Logan Brettell - 241|
|#6 Caleb Thomas - 197||Receiving||#84 Nick Snider - 95|
|Graceland (Iowa)||Team Statistics||Baker (Kan.)|
Baldwin City, KS - Multiple NAIA Records were broken in Graceland University's 66-14 loss to No. 2 Baker University.
As a team, Graceland University set a single-game record for the most plays by an offense with 124 (88 pass, 36 rush). The previous record of 110 was set in 2004 during the Dana (NE)/Hastings (NE) game. Caleb Thomas set the single-game reception record with 27 catches in the game.The previous record was 23 held by two players. Preston Compton set the single-game NAIA record for most plays with 102, the previous record was 101.
"As a team, we continue to grow and learn in every game," said Marc Kolb, head football coach. "There are several excellent performances today that we need to build upon moving forward.
Baker (4-0) quickly placed themselves on the scoreboard, moving the ball down the field to score on the opening drive. BU led 7-0 just minutes into the game. Graceland's offense was stalled on the opening drive and turned the ball over on the next possession. BU pushed the lead to 20-0 early in the first quarter. Later the Jackets defense stopped the Wildcats in the red zone forcing a field goal. Graceland (0-4) trailed 23-0 after the first quarter.
The Wildcats extended the margin to 30-0 early in the second quarter. On Graceland's second drive of the second quarter, the Jackets strung together multiple small gains as the offense looked to find a little rhythm. The first half ended with Baker holding a 51-0 lead.
David Holland marked a 24-yard kickoff return to begin the second half. During the Jackets drive, Preston Compton connected with Taz Richardson on a 24-yard and 12-yard gain. He also found Caleb Thomas for 11-yards and three-yard touchdown. Darnel Uran's PAT was good as Graceland put themselves on the scoreboard (51-7).
On Baker's opening drive of the second half, the Yellowjacket defense forced a fumble with Thaddius Watson marking the recovery. Graceland took over, starting their drive at their own nine-yard line. The Jackets moved the ball down the field, as Preston Compton found four different receivers throughout the possession. The drive included a 25-yard catch by Taz Richardson and a nine-yard touchdown reception by Caleb Thomas. Uran's extra point was good as GU trailed 51-14. After three quarters Baker led 59-14.
In the fourth quarter, Thomas caught his 24th pass of the game to break the NAIA single-game reception record. He completed the game with 27 total receptions as Graceland fell 66-14.
Offensively, Graceland produced 430 yards of total offense, including 383 in the air. Preston Compton completed 49 of 86 attempts for 370 yards. Leading the receivers was Caleb Thomas who caught 27 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns. Taz Richardson added 75 yards on six catches. On the ground, the Jackets totaled 104 yards. Kalem Williams marked 30 yards on eight carries.
Defensively, Graceland forced one fumble, coming up with the recovery. The Jackets also tabbed four tackles for a loss for 11 yards and two sacks. Deion Betts totaled 11 tackles. He marked one and a half tackles for a loss and one sack. Three players tabbed six tackles, as Jeff Sanders counted a broken up pass.
Graceland football will return home to take on Central Methodist University on Saturday, September 23. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN 3.
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