2008 Cobber Football - Game Recaps
Cobber senior running back Cory Johnson breaks free from a Dickinson State defender on his way to one of his three TD's in the game. Johnson finished with 108 rushing yards and helped CC outgain DSU 439-218 in total offense.
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MOORHEAD, Minn. (9/13/08)-- Concordia used a potent running game, just enough passing and a stifling second half defense to come away with a 38-13 win over Dickinson State in the 2008 home opener on Saturday. The Cobbers rushed for 289 yards, senior quarterback Jesse Nelson threw for two touchdowns and the CC defense held the Blue Hawks to only 62 total yards in the final two quarters of play to pull out the team's first win of the season.

The Cobbers had their way early on and looked like they would completely blow Dickinson State off the rain soaked field. CC scored on two of its first three possessions and the defense was holding up its end of the deal. Unfortunately for Concordia, Dickinson State ran a kickoff back 87 yards for a touchdown to completely stop the CC momentum and give the Blue Hawks the life they needed to hang around for the first two quarters. The Cobbers took a 21-13 lead into halftime but then slammed the door shut in the final 30 minutes by outscoring DSU 17-0.

For the game, Concordia gained 439 yards of total offense and held the Blue Hawks to 218 yards, 156 of which came in the first half. The Cobbers rushed for 289 yards in the game using their patented option offense to create holes in the Blue hawk defense. Junior running back Cory Johnson ran for 108 yards and scored three overall touchdowns including a 36-yard scoring scamper in the first quarter. Nelson was 9-for-17 for 150 yards and two TD strikes. More importantly, a week after throwing three interceptions, Nelson didn't turn the ball over through the air. CC senior wideout Nick Alton came away with three catches for 99 yards including the longest play from scrimmage in the game when he caught a slant pass and ran for 65 yards before finally being dragged out of bounds as his senior legs started to slow down around the 10-yard line.

Defensively, CC defensive backs Xavier Carroll and Tom Flynn led the team with five total tackles each. Flynn also had one sack and 2.5 tackles for a loss. Carroll came away with one of the two interceptions in the game.

Dickinson State was led by wide receiver Clint Grosz who caught four balls for 74 yards. Running back Jeremy Herr ran the ball 13 times for 41 yards and quarterback Brandon Bishop was 9-for-19 for 124 yards but was intercepted on one occasion.

Concordia started the scoring by recovering a fumble on the opening kickoff and then going 27 yards in six plays. Johnson capped the drive by rushing five yards for his first scored of the game. After the Cobber defense forced the Blue Hawks to punt on their next two possessions, CC added to the score by going 53 yards in only three plays to push the lead to 14-0. Johnson's 36-yard run was the highlight of the second scoring drive.

Derion Williamson then breathed some life back into Dickinson State when he took the ensuing kickoff broke through the wall on the left side of the field and raced 87 yards for the score.

The Blue Hawks brought the score to 14-13 early in the second quarter before Johnson finished off his trifecta of first-half touchdowns by gathering in a pass in the middle of the field and running 23 yards for the score. For Johnson it was his first career receiving touchdown.

The second half was all CC defense as they held DSU to 13 yards on the ground, 49 passing yards and 62 yards of total offense. The final two scores for the Cobbers came on a 21-yard pass from Nelson to Alton and then a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter from reserve quarterback Kent Johnson. In between the two scores, CC kicker Carl hauser connected on a 21-yard field goal and kept his perfect field goal slate in 2008. He is now a 3-for-3 in the first two games of the year.

Concordia will open up MIAC play by playing at perennial league power St. John's on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 1 p.m.