2007 Cobber Football - Game Recaps
Concordia junior running back Cory Johnson rattles off another big gain against Hamline on Saturday. Johnson finished with 172 rushing yards in the Cobbers' 34-14 Homecoming win over the Pipers. With the 172 yards, Johnson became only the fifth player in Cobber history to rush for over 2,000 yards in a career.
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MOORHEAD, Minn. (10/06/07)-- It wasn't the prettiest game of the year, or the most exciting to watch, but in the end it was a win. Concordia scored 20 straight points in the second and third quarters to break open a 7-7 against Hamline en route to a 34-14 win over the Pipers in Moorhead on Saturday.

The excitement in the game came from Cobber junior running back Cory Johnson who had a game-high 172 rushing yards and rambled for a 67-yard touchdown in the third quarter. With the 172 rushing yards, Johnson becomes only the fifth player in school history to break the 2,000-yard mark in a career. Johnson now has 500 yards for the season and 2,045 for his career. He needs only 349 more rushing yards to become the school's all-time rushing leader. The 172 rushing yards is a career-best for Johnson, bettering his old mark of 168 vs. St. Thomas in 2005.

The win is the second straight for Concordia and evens their conference record at 2-2. CC is now 4-2 overall. The loss drops Hamline's league record to 0-3, while their overall record slides to 2-3. The Pipers have now lost seven straight conference games.

The low points for Concordia came in the form of fumbles and penalties. The Cobbers fumbled the ball seven times in the game and lost six of those. The two Hamline scores came directly off of fumble recoveries in the end zone. CC has now fumbled the ball 29 times in six games this season. Concordia also committed a season-high nine penalties for 104 penalty yards. The 104 penalty yards is the most since Sept. 22, 2001 when the team had 13 penalties for 127 penalty yards against Macalester.

The two teams started the game by trading non-offensive touchdowns in the first quarter. Concordia blocked a punt and then fell on it in the end zone with 8:50 to go in the opening period, and then the Pipers recovered a fumble in the end zone at the 1:14 mark. CC senior co-captain Brennen Lewis blocked the punt and then Jason Jude fell on the ball to record his first collegiate touchdown. The Hamline score came courtesy of one of Jesse Nelson's four fumbles in the game. Piper lineman Tyler Scholl forced the fumble and Brody Anderson fell on it to even the score at 7-7.

From that point on, the Cobber offense was able to come up with enough big plays and record 20 straight points. The first big play came when Johnson scampered 25 yards on a first-and-10 situation. That would lead to an Adam Swingdorf six-yard touchdown run. It was one of Swingdorf's two TD's on the lead as he upped his league-leading touchdown total to 11 for the year.

The next big play would come when Nelson hooked up with sophomore wide receiver Jake Krause for a 31-yard gain. That led to Nelson's first of two touchdown passes in the game. He found a wide-open Nick Reinisch coming out of the backfield and the two pushed the score to 20-7. The Cobbers failed on the extra point after accepting a personal foul penalty which brought the ball down to the 1-and-a-half yard line. They then decided to go for a two-point conversion when Swingdorf was stopped on the 1-yard line.

CC finished off their streak of 20 straight points when Johnson took a handoff from Nelson, busted through the line and then raced 67 yards for his third touchdown of the season with 11:59 remaining in the third quarter.

Hamline then added their final score of the game by falling on another fumble in the end zone. Paul Klees came up with the recovery after Johnson had coughed the ball up just inside his own goal line.

The final big play of the game came with 3:30 to go in the third period. Swingdorf took a screen pass on the right side of the field and raced, untouched, for 41 yards for the score. The touchdown was set up by excellent perimeter blocking from the Cobbers with the best block posted by wide receiver Riley Sammon who cleared out the final defender to allow Swingdorf an easy path to the end zone.

For the game, Concordia finished with 505 yards of total offense. The second consecutive game they have amassed over 500 yards of total offense. The rushing attack carried the way as they gained 345 rushing yards, as opposed to only 160 through the air. The Cobber defense did not allow a touchdown for the first time all season and limited the Pipers to 252 yards of total offense. They also contained the Hamline air attack to only 118 yards - a season low for the Concordia defense.

Besides Johnsons' 172 rushing yards, Nelson finished with 70 yards on the ground and was 8-of-17 for 160 yards through the air. Johnson ended the game with an incredible 13.2 yards per carry average. Swingdorf carried the ball a team-high 14 times and gained 48 yards on the day.

On the defensive side, junior Clinton Strother had a monster game. Strother finished with 3.0 sacks on the day and had 4.5 tackles for a loss for 19 yards. He was second on the team with seven total tackles. Senior linebacker Dave Moll finished with a game-high 10 tackles including nine solo tackles. He also had the other Cobber sack as the CC defense harass Piper quarterback Chad Schmigel all game long. Sophomore Levi Pole came up with his team-leading fourth interception of the season.

Hamline was led by running back Mark Masso who had 67 yards on 16 carries. Schmigel wound up 9-of-24 for 72 yards. He was replaced by James Leary who went 6-of-13 for 46 yards. Defensively, the Pipers' Eric Hester had 10 tackles, while Anderson forced two fumbles and recovered one.

The biggest star of the game for Hamline was punter Devin Swanberg who averaged 46.7 yards over his six punts. He had a long of 59 yards and routinely pinned the Cobbers deep in their own territory.

Concordia will take to the road for the next two games. The Cobbers will play at St. Olaf on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. The Oles are coming off a heartbreaking 30-29 loss at St. John's on Saturday. Hamline will host Carleton on Saturday at 1 p.m. in their annual Homecoming game.