2007 Cobber Football - Game Recaps
Adam Swingdorf and the rest of the Cobber offense ran over the Carleton defense en route to a 54-21 victory over the Knights. The Cobbers have now scored 50-plus points in the last three games and four of the last five. CC has also gained at least 500 yards of total offense for the fifth straight game.

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MOORHEAD, Minn. (10/27/07)-- A Concordia offense that started out as the "little engine that could," has turned into a runaway locomotive, barreling over opposing defenses on the way to the station. The Cobbers turned in another freight train performance against Carleton on Saturday as they racked up over 500 yards in total offense and pummeled the Knights 54-21.

It is the third straight game Concordia has scored at least 50 points in a game and fourth in the past five games. It also marks the fifth straight game the Cobbers have totaled over 500 yards of offense. Both the point total and offensive yardage marks are school records. CC has now won four times in the last five games and improves to 6-3 on the season. The Cobbers also move above the .500 mark in league play for the first time in 2007, pushing their mark to 4-3.

The game started out quietly as the teams combined for two touchdowns in the first quarter and it looked as if the Concordia point streak would come to an end. The teams also traded touchdowns in the first part of the second quarter and had a 14-14 nail-biter going before the bottom fell out on the Knights in the final five minutes of the second period. The Cobbers scored the go-ahead touchdown with 4:55 left to go in the first half. The CC defense then forced Carleton to go "three and out" on the next possession and the Concordia offense wasted little time tacking on the fourth touchdown of the game as quarterback Jesse Nelson scrambled 13 yards for his second of three TD's on the game. On the ensuing kickoff, the Carleton return man fumbled the ball and CC sophomore Jay Thoreson was able to fall on the ball to give the Cobbers the ball at the Knight's 14-yard line. Two plays later, Nelson weaved his way for a 15-yard score to give Concordia a commanding 33-14 lead heading into the break.

Stunned by the turn of events in the final few minutes of play in the first half, Carleton was never able to regain control of the game and scored only seven more points in the final two quarters of play. On the other side of the ball, the Cobbers tacked on another 21 points to push the final total to 54 and keep the 50-point streak alive.

As a team, Concordia racked up 559 yards of total offense including 379 rushing yards. That came against a defense that was ranked second in the MIAC in defense in overall games and third against the rush, allowing only 104.0 yards per game.

The Cobbers have now scored 382 points on the season and need 27 more to break the all-time school record of 408 set in 2004. CC scored 176 in all of 2006. Concordia is also two touchdowns away from breaking the program record for TD's in a single season. CC has scored 53 times this year and will look to eclipse the record of 54 set in 2004. Last year the Cobbers scored only 24TD's. Concordia is also on track to break the single-season record for rushing yards and for total offensive yards.

Individually, Nelson finished with three rushing touchdowns and threw for two others to engineer the Cobber train. In the past three weeks he has run for seven scores and tossed six more. Against the Knights he finished with 92 rushing yards on 17 carries and was 14-of-25 for 180 yards through the air. He did not throw an interception and has only been picked off once in the last five games.

The two individual offensive record watches kept rolling towards the record book. Fullback Adam Swingdorf scored two more rushing touchdowns in the game and now has 16 rushing TD's on the year. That mark ties the school record for rushing TD's in a single season set by Kevin Williamson in 2005. He also tied the overall single-season touchdown record by scoring his 17th TD of the year. He tied the mark of 17 set by Mike Jousma in 1992.

Junior running back Cory Johnson is knocking on the door of the school record for rushing yards in a career. Johnson finished the day against the Knights with a game-high 116 rushing yards and now has 813 for the season and 2,358 for his career. He needs 36 more yards to break the all-time mark of 2,393 set by Jousma from 1991-93.

On the defensive side of the ball, Concordia caused two turnovers. Junior Tom Flynn picked off his first collegiate pass and Thoreson made the back-breaking fumble recovery at the end of the first half. Senior linebacker Brennen Lewis had a team-high six tackles including 1.0 for a loss.

Carleton (3-5/1-5 MIAC) quarterback Shane Henfling threw for three touchdowns and went 16-of-28 for 246 passing yards. He connected on scoring strikes of 60, 4 and 22 yards. His favorite target was Chris Gardner who came away with nine catches for 202 yards and two TD's. Defensively, junior defensive back Drew Ziller made a career-high 21 tackles including 16 solo stops.

Concordia will look to finish off the season by breaking several team and individual records next Saturday when they play at Gustavus at 1 p.m.