2008 Cobber Football - Game Recaps
 
The Concordia defense traps the SJU running back in the end zone for a safety in the second quarter in the Cobbers' 9-6 win on Saturday. The six points allowed to the Johnnies is the fewest given up to an SJU team since the 1980 season.
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Gameday Game Recap:

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (9/20/08)-- Concordia held St. John's scoreless in the second half and ground out a hard-fought 9-6 win over the fourth-ranked Johnnies in Collegeville on Saturday. The win over SJU is the first since 2004 and the six points allowed against St. John's is the lowest allowed against the Johnnies since the 1980 season when CC came away with a 19-0 victory.

The game was the conference opener for both teams. With the win, Concordia goes to 2-1 overall while the Johnnies lose for the first time this season and drop to 2-1.

The story of the game for the Cobbers was the defense. Concordia's defense limited the Johnnies to only 85 rushing yards and forced the SJU coaching staff to go through three different quarterbacks. In the second half CC limited St. John's to 38 rushing yards and a total of seven first downs. In the fourth quarter, the Cobber defense stepped up and held the St. John's offense to only 1-for-4 on third down conversions. The Johnnies were never able to get a sustained drive going and routinely faced a long field when they took possession of the ball.

The Cobber offense did just enough to get the victory. CC had 156 rushing yards but was limited to a scant 27 yards in passing offense. The Cobbers ran the ball 53 times as opposed to only 12 passing attempts.

Cory Johnson led all players with 79 rushing yards. He carried the ball 15 times and had a 5.3 yards per gain average.  Quarterback Jesse Nelson came up with the biggest offensive play for Concordia. He scampered 26 yards in the first quarter for the only CC score of the game. He finished the day with 55 rushing yards and was 5-for-11 for 27 yards through the air. The biggest plus for Nelson was that the Cobber offense did not turn the ball over the entire game. That is a first this season and a first since the 2006 season when they also did not cough the ball up against the Johnnies.

The defense was led by a host of players. Three different Cobbers had eight tackles in the game. Levi DeVries, Levi Pole and Isaac Berling all had eight total tackles. DeVRies also forced a fumble and had a pass breakup. Concordia also came away with a season-high four sacks. Defensive lineman Clinton Strother and Travis Aufderheide were credited with 1.5 sacks each and defensive end Justin Hensch also had one sack. The CC defense was credited with causing seven Johnnie fumbles in the game. The Cobbers recovered two of those miscues. Tom Flynn and Jay Thoreson made the two key fumble recoveries for Concordia.

Senior defensive lineman Jon Hanson made one of the biggest plays of the game. After Concordia failed to score on fourth and inches from inside the St. John's one-yard line, Hanson and a gang of Cobber tacklers pinned SJU running back Jeff Schnobrich inside the end zone for a safety. Hanson was helped by junior linebacker Grant Aakre who plugged the hole and didn't allow Schnobrich any room to run.

Another key factor in the game was the punting of junior David Williamson who had a couple of critical punts and did not have a punt blocked in his 10 punts on the day. He averaged 37.0 yards per punt and had two punts downed inside the Johnnie 20-yard line.

Concordia will put their two-game winning streak on the line when they host Bethel on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. at Jake Christiansen Stadium.