2007 Cobber Football - Game Recaps
The Concordia defense came up with another impressive outing against Dickinson State in the Cobbers' 41-7 win. CC held the Blue Hawks to only 185 yards of total offense.

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DICKINSON, N.D. (9/08/07)-- For the second straight week Concordia jumped out of the starting gate at a breakneck pace and used a stifling defense to pull out a non-conference win. Unlike the win in the season-opener, the Cobbers made sure there would be no need for last-second heroics as they cruised past Dickinson State 41-7 in Dickinson, N.D. on Saturday. The win pushes the Cobbers' season record to 2-0 and gives them a push of momentum heading into their conference openere next weekend against Bethel.

Concordia wasted little time establishing the tone of the game. On their very first offensive play from scrimmage, junior quarterback Jesse Nelson hooked up with running back Kyle Hilleren on a pass play that went for 40-plus yards and pushed the ball all the way inside the Blue Hawk ten yard-line. On the very next play, Cory Johnson rambled around the left end and went in for the score.

The Cobber defense did not allow the Dickinson State offense any room to maneuver as they completely shut down the Blue Hawks for the entire first half. CC made it 10-0 on a Carl Hauser 29-yard field goal midway through the first quarter.

A pair of Adam Swingdorf short touchdown runs and another Hauser field goal gave Concordia a 27-10 lead at the break. The second Swingdorf score was set up by a 40-yard interception return from sophomore defensive back Levi Pole. Hauser's field foal at the end of the first half would be part of a career day for the sophomore kicker as he scored 11 points in the game and connected on two of his three field goal attempts.

The third quarter brought more of the same for the Cobber offense and defense. While the defense was shutting down the Dickinson offense for the third straight frame, the CC offense was rolling up big yardage behind a line that was opening hole after hole for the Concordia running game. In the end, the Cobbers had 13 players with at least one rushing attempt in the game. CC was able to rush for 252 yards on 61 carries and has now accumulated 570 rushing yards in the first two games of the season.

The final two scores for the Cobbers came in the third quarter on a 2-yard run by fullback Nick Birchem and a 17-yard pass from Andrew Larson to Jake Krause. It was the first collegiate touchdowns for both Birchem and Krause.

Leading 41-0 heading into the final period, Concordia was able to rotate many players throughout the offense and defense and give players valuable game experience. Freshman running back Ben SaariBovre was one of the recipients of the personnel changes. He carried the ball for the first time in his college career and finished the game with three carries for 19 yards.

Defensively, Concordia finally allowed a touchdown at the 10:54 mark of the fourth quarter. Dickinson State went on a 10-play, 65-yard drive that was capped by a 17-yard touchdown pass from Caleb Midura to Derek Pauley.

In the end, CC allowed the Blue Hawks only 185 yards of total offense. Dickinson State rushed for only 77 yards and passed for 108 yards. For the first two games, the Cobber defense has only allowed a total of 53 rushing yards.

Swingdorf was the leading ground gainer for Concordia. He finished with 43 yards on 15 carries and brought his season touchdown total to four. Starting quarterback Jesse Nelson went 9-of-14 for 101 yards, while sophomore Andrew Larson came on to go 6-of-12 for 69 yards and one TD. The CC offense racked up 422 yards of total offense and has now recorded back-t-back games of at least 400 yards in offense. The Cobbers have gained 909 offensive yards in their first two games.

Concordia will open the MIAC season on Saturday, Sept. 15 when they host the Royals at 1 p.m. The game is part of the annual Family Weekend celebration. Bethel is 1-1 on the year and is coming off a 35-0 win over Simpson (Iowa) on Saturday. The game can be heard live on the internet at: www.cord.edu/dept/sports/broadcast.php. The game will also feature live stats.