2007 Cobber Football - Game Recaps
Concordia allowed four touchdowns through the air to #4 St. John's on Saturday in Collegeville and lost 52-21. The lone CC bright spot was a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Paul Shol.

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COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (9/22/07)-- With 1:00 to go in the first quarter Concordia was tied with fourth-ranked St. John's 7-7 and for all intense purposes, it looked like the two teams would be locked up in another nailbiting classic. Unfortunately the Johnnie offense led by four-year quarterback Alex Kofoed had other ideas. SJU was able to record a field goal at the end of the opening period, a score that would start of a 38-0 run that would last until the middle of the third quarter. That stretch would turn a close game into a 52-21 Johnnie route.

Unfortunately for CC, the final score would have fans scurrying for the record books. The 52 points allowed by the Cobbers against St. John's is the most ever conceded in the 74 meetings between the two teams. The 31-point margin of victory is the most in the series since SJU defeated CC 31-0 in 1977. It is also the most points allowed by a Concordia team since the 2000 season when the Cobbers lost to Bethel 60-21.

The game would be decided by three different statistical categories. Concordia turned the ball over five times in the game. Those five turnovers turned into 14 points during the critical 38-0 run. The other aspect that hurt the Cobbers was third-down conversion rate. SJU was 8-of-14 on third down plays as compared to only 1-of-11 for Concordia. That high success rate on third downs for the Johnnies would allow them to hang on to the ball for 38:23. St. John's also found little trouble inside the red zone. SJU scored on eight of their ten chances inside the Cobber 20-yard line.

The game started out with all indications pointing towards another close game that would be determined in the final minutes of the contest. After St. John's scored the opening touchdown on a two-play, eight-yard drive following an interception, Concordia was able to return the favor by going on a nine-play, 65-yard drive that was capped by an Adam Swingdorf three-yard run. For Swingdorf it was his team-leading sixth touchdown of the year.

After the Cobbers' scoring drive, the offense would only be able to put up 165 total yards for the final three quarters - 88 of which came on a touchdown run by running back Cory Johnson at the end of the third quarter.

St. John's grabbed the lead for good on a 31-yard field goal with :15 seconds left in the opening quarter. They would then go on to score a touchdown on their next six possessions - three in the second quarter and three in the third quarter. For the middle two quarters, the Johnnies held the ball for over 16 minutes and racked up 309 of their 515 total offensive yards.

The two highlights for Concordia came on two long touchdown plays in the third quarter. The first one came on a kickoff. Junior Paul Shol took a Johnnie kickoff on his own 10-yard line and then broke through the initial wall of containment and rambled 90 yards for a touchdown. It is the first time a Cobber player has returned a kickoff for a touchdown since the 2003 season when Bobby Clark returned a kick 85 yards against St. Olaf. Shol's 90-yard kick return is the second longest in program history - behind only the 100-yard return by Darren Kessler against Augsburg in 1985.

The second long-distance score came courtesy of Cory Johnson. Johnson turned the corner on the SJU defense and sprinted 88 yards for the score with :13 seconds remaining in the third quarter. The run is the longest of the season by a Cobber back and ties the longest run in program history. Dean Haugo went 88 yards for a score against Gustavus in 1993.

For the game, Johnson gained 137 of the team's 211 rushing yards. Starting quarterback Jesse Nelson was 3-of-12 and threw for only 31 yards. He also had three interceptions. The Cobbers finished the game with 242 total offensive yards on 51 plays. They were only able to gather eight first downs in the game.

Kofoed had a monster game as the signal-caller for St. John's. He finished the game 26-of-32 and threw four 302 yards and four TD's. The SJU receiving corps had 10 different receivers reap the rewards of Kofoed's success. Running back Mike Patnode was the game's top receiver. He had six catches for 53 yards and caught a touchdown pass. Three other receivers also posted TD receptions on the day.

On the defensive side of the ball, Concordia defensive back Jason Jude had a game-high nine tackles. Clinton Strother had seven tackles including the team's only sack of the day. Andrew Larson, playing in his first game of the season as a defensive back, came away with the lone CC interception.

The Cobbers will be looking to snap their two-game losing streak when they host Augsburg on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. The game can be heard live via the Cobber athletics website and will also feature live statistics.