2007 Cobber Football - Game Recaps
Concordia running backs Adam Swingdorf (L) and Cory Johnson are on the verge of breaking Cobber school records. Swingdorf needs one more touchdown to set the program mark for TD's in a single season and Johnson needs 36 more yards to become the school's all-time rushing leader.

Records Were Made to Be Broken!

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ST. PETER, Minn. (11/03/07)-- The Concordia record book watch is officially over. Fans can rest assured that this year's Cobber squad will have a significant place when it comes to offense prowess in the annals Concordia football. On a side note, CC scored at leas seven points in each quarter and outlasted Gustavus 34-24 in St. Peter on Saturday.

The win caps a three-game winning streak for Concordia to end the 2007 season. The Cobbers also won five of their final six games and finished the year with a 5-3 mark in conference play and a 7-3 record in overall games. CC was only a couple of plays away from finishing with a 9-1 record and a chance at the national playoffs for the third time in the last four seasons.

Four significant records were broken on Saturday. The biggest achievement came in the second quarter when Cory Johnson surpassed Mike Jousma as the all-time leading rusher in Cobber football history. Johnson finished the game with 66 rushing yards and now has 2,424 for his career. That bettered the mark of 2,393 set by Jousma from 1991-93. Johnson has 2,424 rushing yards on only 346 attempts. he has a very hefty 7.0 yards per carry average.

The next record on the list was the single-season touchdown mark. That fell by the wayside at the end of the first quarter when Adam Swingdorf, in typical Adam Swingdorf fashion, rammed his way for a 1-yard score. The TD set a new record for touchdowns in a single season and also rushing touchdowns in a single year. Swingdorf scored one more TD in the game and finished the year with 19 overall touchdowns and 18 rushing scores. He currently ranks in the ninth in Division III in overall scoring on the year.

A pair of team scoring record also fell against the Gusties. The Cobbers' 34 total points helps them break the mark for points in a single season. CC finishes the year with 416 total points. That mark breaks the old record of 408 set back in 2004. This year's offense also felled the 2004 record for touchdowns in a single season. In 2004, CC scored 54 touchdowns on the year. This season, Concordia ended the year with 58 TD's.

The game against Gustavus (4-5/2-5 MIAC) was decided in the second half. The two teams battled in the first half moving the ball and down the field, totaling 37 points and amasssing 393 yards in total offense. Concordia led 20-17 at the break and the game seemed destined to be another offensive shootout with the last team getting possession having a chance to win.

The final two quarters were won by the CC defense. After giving up 17 points in the first two quarters, The Cobber defense limited the Gusties to only seven points. More importantly, with the game on the line at the start of the fourth quarter, the Concordia defense dialed up the intensity and only allowed the Gustavus to gain 39 total yards and pick up two first downs.

The defensive unit was led by senior linebacker Brennen Lewis who capped his career by coming up with a team-high 12 tackles including 1.0 for a loss. Sophomore defensive back Levi Pole had a career-high 10 tackles. Dave Moll caused the only turnover for the Cobbers in the game by forcing a fumble in the third quarter.

Offensively, Jesse Nelson capped his breakout season by rushing for a game-high 98 yards and throwing for 191 passing yards. He was 14-of-19 through the air and tossed one TD pass. Nelson finishes the season by throwing for 1,609 yards, completing 60.3% of his passes and having a pass efficiency rating of 147.61. To put that into comparison, when Cobber QB Brian Schumacher won his MIAC MVP award in 2005, he threw for 1,292 yards, completed 55.1% of his passes and had a pass efficiency rating of 127.49.

Jake Krause led the Concordia receiving corps in the game. He caught a team-high five passes for 83 yards and latched on to a 24-yard TD pass from Nelson in the third quarter on a score that proved to be the game winner.

As a team, Concordia rushed for 225 yards and recorded 191 passing yards. They finished the game with 416 total offensive yards, the first time in six games they have been held under 500 total offensive yards. Gustavus countered by putting up 342 passing yards and 386 total yards.

Gustavus quarterback Jordan Stolp was 28-of-43 for 342 yards and threw for three touchdowns. His favorite target was Chad Arlt who had 11 catches for 153 yards and two scores.