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1921 L 0 97
1922 L 0 35
1923 L 0 17
1924 L 0 16
1925 L 0 40
1926 L 0 26
1927 W 13 12
1928 W 25 0
1929 L 7 12
1930 Did Not Play
1931 L 6 21
1932 W 13 0
1933 L 13 25
1934 W 19 7
1935 L 6 20
1936 Did Not Play
1937 W 13 7
1938 Did Not Play
1939 T 7 7
1940 W 7 0
1941 W 7 0
1942 W 7 6
1943 Did Not Play
1944 Did Not Play
1945 Did Not Play
1946 L 0 20
1947 L 6 7
1948 L 13 30
1949 Did Not Play
1950 L 12 18
1951 L 26 32
1974 W 6 3
1975 W 9 6
1976 W 16 7
1977 W 17 6
1978 L 17 26
1979 W 16 13
1980 W 16 6
1981 W 42 13
1982 W 39 11
1983 W 14 9
1984 T 10 10
1985 L 2 12
1986 W 39 14
1987 W 35 10
1988 W 10 0
1989 W 24 7
1990 W 24 7
1991 L 13 24
1992 W 45 21
1993 L 34 58
1994 W 36 0
1995 W 48 16
1996 W 20 7
1997 W 38 0
1998 W 35 21
1999 W 17 7
2000 L 24 27
2001 L 33 34
2002 W 24 14
2003 W 47 14
Total CC 31-21-2
Football Gameday Central
November 6, 2004 at St. Olaf College - 1:00PM
2003 Game Recap - 2003 Box Score
9: #4 Concordia College Cobbers (7-0 MIAC, 8-0) at St. Olaf College
(4-2 MIAC, 6-2)
The Starting Lineups:
Cobbers vs. Oles Stat Breakdown (Overall Games)
Cobbers vs. Oles Preview
Concordia head coach Terry Horan (Concordia ’89) is in his fourth year as head football coach at Concordia College. Last season he helped the Cobbers to a 7-3 overall mark and a 6-2 MIAC record. In 2002 he was named the MIAC Coach of the Year as he guided the Cobbers to a second place finish. In his first three seasons at the helm, he has compiled a 17-8 conference record and a 19-11 overall mark.
St. Olaf head coach Chris Meidt is 15-13 in his third season with the Oles.
About Last Year:
MOORHEAD-- Ryan Hebrink had a record-breaking day for the Cobbers in Concordia's 47-14 win over St. Olaf at Jake Christiansen Stadium in Moorhead. Hebrink passed for 304 yards, his career best in that department, and he also rushed for a team-high 69 yards. Those 373 yards of total offense gave him 5,789 for his career and moved him past Kyle Odermann to become the Cobber all-time leader. He is just the third Cobber to reach 5,000 total yards, and with two games left to play, should become the first to reach 6,000.
The Cobbers won the opening toss, and elected to receive. Josh Vickerman received the ball at the 5-yard line, but on a scripted play handed the ball to Bobby Clark at the 15, who sprinted to the outside and down the sidelines for his third career return touchdown. The extra point kick hit the crossbar, giving the Cobbers a 6-0 lead just six seconds into the game. They tacked on a 26-yard field goal by Brian Halverson midway through the period for a 9-0 lead after the first 15 minutes. They continued their quick strike trend in the second quarter, when Ryan Hebrink launched a 39-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Passanante on the first play of the quarter, with just 10 seconds elapsed. They chalked up another score midway through the period, on a 3-yard run by Jeremy Hinderks. He also ran in for a two-point conversion, giving the Cobbers a 24-0 halftime lead.
St. Olaf got on the scoreboard 6 minutes into the third quarter on a 10-yard run by Aaron Stinar. They added on a two-point conversion, moving to within 24-8. However, the Cobbers answered just a minute and a half later on a one-yard run by Hinderks. Just two minutes later, the Cobbers scored again, on Halverson's second field goal of the game, a 33-yarder. The fourth quarter was the Tyler Anderson show for the Cobbers. He scored on a 12-yard pass from Hebrink just 32 seconds into the period, then ran in a touchdown from two yards out midway through the frame. The Oles had put up a score between the two by Anderson--a 37 yard pass from Jason Wilsey to Nick Rost. The three fourth quarter scores closed the scoring at 47-14.
For the Cobbers, Hebrink
finished with 304 passing yards, his first career 300-yard passing game,
on 15-26 passing, including two touchdowns. He also led the team in rushing,
with 69 yards on 13 carries. Andrew Passanante was Hebrink's favorite
target, catching 6 passes for 92 yards. For St. Olaf, backup quarterback
Jason Wilsey came into the game and actually led the team in passing, completing
4 of his 5 passes for 60 yards and a touchdown. Brian Senske started
the game and finished with 59 yards on 8 of 19 passing. Nick Rost was the
leading receiver, catching 8 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown. Bobby
Andrade led the Oles on the ground, compiling 63 yards on 17 carries.
Concordia leads the overall series between the two teams 31-21-2
Concordia has won the last two meetings between the two teams and eight of the last 10. In the past 20 years, the Cobbers have rolled to a 14-5-1 record. Concordia has averaged 32.2 points in the past 10 years, while holding the Oles to a mere 13.3 points per game...St. Olaf won the first six games in the series. They took the opener 97-0 in 1921. That's right. In 1921, the Oles scored 97 points. Contrary to popular belief they were not coached by a long lost relative of Steve Spurrier. Here is an actual recap of the game:
"On October 7 the St. Olaf
warriors gave our enthusiasts a surprise. Our men did not hope to hold
the Ole's down to anything better than a 50 - 0 score in their favor for
several of our men were still on the injured list from the Carleton game.
The Ole's opened up with a variety of forward passes and end runs, the
The most points scored by
a single team in a single game in the series is, obviously the 97 by the
Oles in 1921. The next highest total is 58. That occurred back in 1993
when the Oles beat Concordia 58-34...There have been 13 shutouts in the
series. St. Olaf has blanked the Cobbers seven times. In fact, the Oles
shutout Concordia in the first six games of the series and have only pulled
the feat one time since 1926. That happened in 1946. The last shutout in
the series was in 1997 when the Cobbers won 38-0.
The Marquee Match-Up - Cobber "Hands" Players vs. St. Olaf Defense
Undercard - The Battle of the Top Conference Kickers Brian Halverson - CC vs. Paul Fortman - STO
This is what they call a "no-brainer." After forcing the Johnnies to cough the ball up eight times last week, St. Olaf will try and inflict the same pain on the Cobbers. St. Olaf only had 139 yards of total offense in the game, but was able to capitalize on uncharacteristic Johnnie miscues.
Concordia's offense has done a terrific job in taking care of the football. They are currently second in the league in fewest giveaways this season. However, the Cobbers have fumbled eight times on the season - five times in the last two weeks. If Concordia is to have success against the Oles, they will have to force St. Olaf to drive the ball on a long field and not give up any easy scoring chances.
The undercard features two nationally-ranked kickers. Concordia's Brian Halverson is currently leading the league in scoring by a kicker, field goals and field goal percentage and is 10th in the nation in field goals per game. The Oles Paul Fortman is third in the league in scoring by a kicker and tied for second in field goals. He is also among the national leaders in field goals per game.
If the game comes down to
a battle of kickers, the Gameday staff will take Halverson in a shootout!
Scouting the Oles
St. Olaf enters today's game after having posted the program's biggest win under current head coach Chris Meidt. Last week St. Olaf upset St. John's 21-19 in a game played in Northfield. The Oles forced eight Johnnie turnovers and were the recipients of an average starting field position on their own 49-yard line. They scored the first 14 points in the game and then held on for the two-point win.
Two St. Olaf players earned MIAC Player of the Week honors for their hand in the game. Craig Botnen and Nate Johnson both earned the award.
Botnen, a linebacker, had 11 solo tackles and an interception that led to the deciding touchdown in the Ole's 21-19 win over Saint John's. With St. Olaf clinging to a one-point lead in the third quarter, Botnen intercepted Alex Kofed and returned the ball 11 yards to the Saint John's 13.
Botnen and the St. Olaf defense forced eight turnovers and stopped the Johnnies on three consecutive drives in the fourth quarter and four-of-seven fourth downs in the game.
Johnson, the special teams player of the week, punted 11 times collecting a 39.2 yard-average, had two punts inside the Johnny five, a 65-yard boom and, most importantly, fielded two consecutive snaps out of the mud in the fourth quarter and turned them into 42- and 35-yard punts to help St. Olaf preserve their first home win over the Johnnies since 1995.
The Oles have a very aggressive passing attack on offense. They are averaging over 200 yards per game though the air, and they put the ball up an average of 30 times per game. Junior quarterback Jason Wilsey has thrown for 10 touchdowns and has completed over 54% of his passes. He is third in the league in passing yards per game (169.5). However, he also leads the league in interceptions (11).
His favorite target is Horace Gant, who is averaging 59.6 yards receiving yards per game. He leads the team in number of receptions (30), average per reception (15.9) and receiving TD's (3).
On the ground, Jay Higgins
has done the bulk of the work. He leads the team in carries (74) and rushing
yards per game (49.8).
Concordia continues to make its mark on the national scene. Ranked in the top five, Concordia has the statistical leaders to back it up. Six different Cobbers are among the national leaders, and as a team the Cobbers are among the top teams in five of the nine statistical categories.
The pass and catch tandem of Brian Schumacher and Andrew Passanante are holding steady. Schumacher 10th in passing efficiency (161.4), and Passanante is 15th in receiving yards per game (104.3) and tied for 25th in receptions per game (6.5). Kicker Brian Halverson dropped to 10th in field goals per game (1.3). Defensively, Jordan Talge leads the way. Talge is tied for eighth in passes defended per game (1.8) and tied for tenth in interceptions per game (0.8). Secondarymate Tanner Radermacher is tied for 26th in interceptions per game (0.6). Linebacker Josh Dietz is now 19th in solo tackles (6.8).
As a team, Concordia is sixth in total defense (221.1), 13th in scoring defense (12.6), 15th in rushing defense (82.6) and 19th in pass efficiency defense (86.0). Concordia finally got on the board on the offensive side. The Cobbers are now 34th in rushing offense (225.1).
St. Olaf has three individuals
in the national rankings. Buyoed by his Player of the Week performance,
punter Nate Johnson is now sixth in punt average (40.5). Fellow
kicker, Paul Fortman is 24th in field goals per game (0.9). The
Ole defense is led by Matt Dean, who is tied for 16th in passes
defended per game (1.6) and tied for 26th in interceptions per game (0.6).
89th Season of Cobber Football
The 2004 season marks Concordia’s 89th year of intercollegiate football, and the Cobbers hold an all-time record of 433-246-39 …Football was started at Concordia in 1916 by Mr. A. M. Sattre. The first game for the Cobbers was against Valley City Normal. Valley City won that game 12-0…Concordia has won three national championships and won the MIAC on 17 different occasions.
The Last Time:
By Cobbers: 2004 vs. Hamline, 42-0
By Opponent: 1998 vs. St. John’s 21-0
300 Yards Rushing
By Cobbers: 2003 vs. Augsburg College, 517 yards
By Opponent: 2000, St. Thomas, 358 yards
300 Yards Passing
By Cobbers: 2004 vs. Hamline, 362 yards
By Opponent: 2003, Menlo College, 333 yards
500 Total Yards
By Cobbers: 2004 vs. Hamline, 591 yards
By Opponent: 2001, St. Olaf College, 500 yards
By Cobbers: 2003 vs. Hamline 57-14
By Opponent: 2000, Bethel College, 60-21
By Cobbers: 2004 vs. Hamline, 42-0
By Opponent: 2003, Menlo College, 44-41
Cobber Individual Offense
200 Yards Rushing
By Cobbers: 1995 vs. St. Olaf College, Kyle Odermann, 214 yards
By Opponent: 2001, Gustavus, Andy Traetow, 209 yards
100 Yard Receiving Game
By Cobbers: 2004 vs. Hamline, Andrew Passanante, 206 yards
By Opponent: 2003, St. John’s, Blake Elliot, 132 yards
300 Yard Passing Game
By Cobbers: 2003 vs. St. Olaf College, Ryan Hebrink, 304 yards
By Opponent: 2003, Menlo College, Frank Borba, 333 yards
4 Touchdowns Rushing
By Cobbers: 1995 vs. St. Olaf College, Kyle Odermann
By Opponent: 1998, MSU-Moorhead, Tony Duerr (5)
5 Touchdowns Passing
By Cobbers: 2004 vs. Hamline, Brian Schumacher
By Opponent: 1998, Gustavus, Bob Southworth
4 Touchdowns Receiving
By Cobbers: 1987 vs. Hamline, Terry Horan
By Opponent: ?
Cobber Individual Defense
20 or More Tackles
By Cobbers: 2003 vs. St. John’s, Josh Dietz, 20
By Opponent: 2003, Bethel, Sam Lacy, 20
5 or More Sacks
By Cobbers: 1999 vs. Hamline, Mark Hankel, 5
By Opponent: 2000, St. John’s, Brian Zirbes, 6
3 or More Interceptions
By Cobbers: 1994 vs. Hamline, Stu Lang, 3
By Opponent: 2002, St. John’s, Jeremy Goltz, 3
Cobber Individual/Special Teams:
Kickoff Returned for a Touchdown
By Cobbers: 2003, vs. St. Olaf College, Bobby Clark, 85 yards
By Opponent 2004, St. John's, Lee Clintsman, 94 yards
Punt Returned for a Touchdown
By Cobbers: 2002, vs. Hamline, Bobby Clark, 70 yards
By Opponent 1997, Bethel College, Kirk Midthun, 70 yards
Extra Point Blocked
By Cobbers: 2003 vs. Augsburg, Josh Vickerman
By Opponent: 2003, Hamline University
Field Goal Over 40 Yards
By Cobbers: 2003 vs. Carleton College, 40 yards, Brian Halverson
By Opponent: 2003, Bethel College, Paul Tschetter, 52 yards
3 Field Goals
By Cobbers: 2004, vs. MSU-Moorhead, Brian Halverson
By Opponents: 1998, Augsburg College, Martin Hlinka (4)
Cobber News and Notes
Back On Top!
With the victory against
the Auggies, Concordia earned the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA
playoffs. The Cobbers will be making their first postseason appearance
since 1997 when they lost to Augsburg in the first round. It will be the
fourth time that Concordia will play in the NCAA playoffs and eighth overall
playoff appearance. The Cobbers won the NAIA national championship in 1964,
1978 and 1981. The farthest they have ventured in the NCAA playoffs is
the semifinal round. In 1986 Concordia lost to Augustana (Ill.) in the
Division III semifinals.
Don't Wake Me, I Hope This Dream Never Ends
Concordia remains the only undefeated team in the MIAC and one of only 10 schools in all of NCAA Division III to still have a perfect record. The Cobbers’ 8-0 start marks the first time since the 1988 season that Concordia has started the year with eight straight victories. The win streak is tied for the third best start to the season in school history.
The school record for wins to start a season is 10. The 1964 NAIA national championship team went 10-0 before tying Sam Houston State of Texas 7 – 7 in the championship game.
Top Three Cobber Starts
in the Past 40 Years:
Give Me Five!
The Cobbers are currently ranked in the top five in two major NCAA Division III polls. That marks the first time in school history that Concordia has been ranked in the top five of the nation. Concordia is fourth in the Don Hansen Football Gazette poll and also fourth in the latest D3football.com poll.
And Then There Were 10!
Concordia is one of only 10 teams in NCAA Division III football that remain unbeaten. 229 teams started the year with dreams of an undefeated season and only a handful remain. The Cobbers are joined by the likes of Linfield, Trinity (TX) and Mount Union.
The even more amazing figure
is that there are only 22 teams left in NCAA football that have perfect
records. That mark encompasses Division I, Division II, Division III. If
you were to have a roll call of the elite teams in 2004, it might sound
something like: "Oklahoma? Present. USC? Here. Auburn? Yo. Wisconsin? Check.
Concordia? Yes sir!
Three Concordia players are closing in on school records.
Junior kicker Brian Halverson has made 10 field goals on the year. The Concordia record for field goals in a season is held by Chris Reimertz (’91). Reimhertz connected on 11 field goals in both the 1989 and 1990 seasons.
Halverson currently leads the MIAC in scoring by a kicker (59 pts.), field goals made (10) and field goal percentage (76.9). He is also tied for sixth in all of Division III in field goals per game.
Senior defensive back Jordan Talge is within striking distance of the Concordia record for interceptions in a single season and interceptions in a career. Talge has six interceptions in 2004. That is two interceptions shy of the record held by Todd Twete (’90). Twete had eight interceptions in 1989. Talge has 14 career interceptions and needs three more INT’s to tie Terry Storm’s (’87) record of 17.
Talge is currently second in the MIAC in interceptions and leads the conference in passes defended (14). He is also fifth in the nation in interceptions per game (0.9) and tied for fifth in passes defended (1.9).
Finally, senior linebacker Josh Dietz needs 37 more tackles to break the school record for total tackles in a season. The Cobber record of 136 is held by Dave Benson (’90), who set the mark in 1989. Dietz is also 16 solo tackles away from breaking the single season mark for unassisted tackles in a single season. Dietz has 54 solo tackles in 1994. The single season solo tackle school record is held by Shane Lindsay (’91). Lindsay recorded 69 solo tackles in 1990.
Dietz leads the MIAC in solo
tackles and is second in total tackles. Nationally, he is tenth in solo
tackles and tied for 25th in total tackles.
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