2007 Cobber Football - Game Recaps
The Concordia defense held St. Thomas to 28 points in the Cobbers' 51-28 victory on Saturday. Concordia racked up 543 total offensive yards and Adam Swindorf and Jesse Nelson scored two TD's each as CC evens their MIAC record at 3-3.

Cobbers Score 51 - And Win!

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Gameday Game Recap:

ST. PAUL, Minn. (10/20/07)-- For the second straight game, the Concordia offense put up 51 points on the scoreboard. Last week it wasn't enough as the Cobbers lost 52-51 at St. Olaf. On Saturday in St. Paul, the 51 points was more than enough as the CC defense held St. Thomas to 28 points and Concordia was able to come away with a 51-28 win in the annual Homecoming game for the Tommies. It marks the first time in program history the Cobbers have scored 50-plus points in back-to-back games.

The win evens Concordia's conference record at 3-3 and moves their overall mark to 5-3. The loss snaps St. Thomas' two-game winning streak. UST is now 2-3 in the MIAC and 2-5 overall.

The Cobbers have now scored 51 points in three of their last four games and have scored 328 total points in 2007. They are averaging a robust 41.0 points per game and have scored at least 30 points in all but one game during the year. After scoring over 30 points in only two games in 2006, Concordia has completely revamped its offense behind junior quarterback Jesse Nelson. A week after throwing for three touchdowns and rushing for two more against the Oles, Nelson tossed a pair of TD strikes and ran for two as well against St. Thomas. He also accounted for 298 yards of total offense.

As a team, CC racked up a season-high 543 yards of total offense and have now amassed at least 500 yards in offense the last four games. For the season, Concordia is averaging 453.1 yards on offense. That compares to the 312.9 yards per game last season.

The Cobber offense was nearly perfect in the first half. CC had eight possessions in the opening two quarters and scored touchdowns on five of those. Concordia was able to break the game open by scoring 28 straight points in the first and second quarters that saw a 7-7 tie game turn into a 35-7 lead and a prelude to a Homecoming route.

At the break, Concordia had ground out 317 total offensive yards as compared to only 127 for St. Thomas.

The second half slowed down on the scoring sheet as the teams combined for only 30 points in the final two quarters. CC salted the game away by coming up with two touchdowns and field goal in the third quarter. Nelson hooked up with sophomore Jake Krause on two scoring tosses. The first one, at 6:03, covered 16 yards and then the two connected ona 6-yard strike with 30 seconds to go in the period. Krause and Nelson have now combined for five touchdowns in the past three games.

The other two offensive stories in the game were the continued scoring presence of senior Adam Swingdorf and the march to the career rushing record for junior Cory Johnson. Swingdorf plowed his way to a pair of touchdowns in the game and now has 15 for the season. He needs only three more to break the single-season mark of 17 set by Mike Jousma in 1992. He is also three rushing TD's away from breaking the single-season record of 16 set by Kevin Williamson in 2005. Johnson ran for a game-high 152 yards on the day. He carried the ball 17 times and averaged 8.9 yards per carry. Johnson now has 2,242 career rushing yards and is 152 yards away from breaking the school's all-time rushing yardage mark of 2,393 set by Jousma.

On defense, the Cobbers were able to come up with three big takeaways on the afternoon. Junior defensive back Levi DeVries had a career game, snatching two interceptions and making five total tackles. Senior linebacker Brennen Lewis had a game-high nine tackles. Dustin Carlson had the other Cobber interception on a terrific individual effort and Clinton Strother continued to add to his season sack total. Strother had 1.0 sacks against the Tommies and now has a team-high 7.0 for the season.

For St. Thomas, the lone highlight came from wide reciever P.J. Theisen. Theisen caught three TD passes (54, 23, 20 yards) and broke the school record for career receiving yards. Theisen broke the UST record for career catches last week and Saturday moved past Ryan Davis' career totals of 2,652 yards. Theisen had five catches for 123 yards and now has 182 catches for 2,693 yards and 18 TDs in 38 career games.

Concordia will be looking to keep up their high-octane offense when they host Carleton in their final home game of the 2007 season on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. The game will feature live audio and live stats. Both features can be accessed from the Cobber athletics website.