2008 Cobber Football - Game Recaps
Cobber receiver Jake Krause breaks free from an Augsburg tackler on his way to a TD in CC's 40-18 win over the Auggies. Krause caught five passes for a career-high 132 yards.
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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (10/18/08)-- Concordia used a red-hot offense in the first half and a pressure filled defense throughout the entire game to bolt past Augsburg 40-18 in Minneapolis on Saturday. The Cobbers scored 37 first-half points en route to their fourth victory of the season. CC is now 3-1 in the MIAC and moves into a first-place tie with Carleton who lost to Gustavus in overtime on Saturday.

Concordia senior quarterback Jesse Nelson was on target from the very first possession of the game. Nelson was 2-for-2 for 76 yards in the Cobbers' opening drive and finished the game by going 8-for-13 through the air for a season-high 217 yards and one touchdown. He also ran the ball for 10 times for 66 yards and one score. Cory Johnson reached another milestone on Saturday. He carried the ball 15 times and rushed for a game-high 77 yards. With the 77 yards he surpasses the 3,000-yard mark for his career and becomes the first player in Cobber history to achieve that mark. He is also one of only 11 players in the history of the MIAC to reach the 3,000-yard rushing mark.

On the other side of the ball, the Concordia defense was able to pressure Ausgburg's senior quarterback Jordan Berg all day long and held the vaunted Auggie offense in check. Augsburg entered the game ranked third in the nation in passing offense (360.6 yds/game) and 20th in overall offense (430.4 yds/game). The Cobbers held the Auggies to only 263 passing yards and 274 yards in total offense. In the decisive first half, CC held Augsburg to 133 yards of total offense and 3-for-9 on third down conversions.

Senior defensive back Tom Flynn led the Concordia defense with 10 total tackles. He also scored a touchdown in the 24-point second quarter when he recovered a fumble in the end zone after Berg had thrown the ball behind the line of scrimmage on an attempted pass play. Flynn now leads the Cobbers in tackles this season. He has 24 solo tackles and 36 total tackles. CC pressured the quarterback all game along and came away with two sacks and seven QB hurries. Clinton Strother had 1.0 sacks and three hurries. Justin Hensch also had 1.0 sacks and two pass break ups.

Concordia scored a touchdown on their first four possessions of the game and racked up points in their first five possessions and one of the Augsburg drives to jump to a 37-10 lead with 3:31 to play in the second quarter. The Cobbers put the high-octane Auggie offense in the hole from the very first drive. CC went up 7-0 when Nelson hooked up with Jake Krause on a 67-yard scoring strike. It was Krause's first TD of the year and the longest play from scrimmage for CC for the season. Krause finished the game with five catches for a career-high 132 yards.

After Augsburg had to settle for a field goal, Concordia took the ball and went 63 yards in three plays with a one-yard scoring run from Nick Birchem. The Auggies then scored one of their two TD's on the day to bring the score to 13-10. From there, the Cobbers rattled off 27 straight points to seize complete control of the game. Cory Johnson scored on a three-yard run then Nelson rambled for 33 yards for his lone score of the day. Flynn recovered the fumble for the last TD of the game for CC. The scoring was then finished off by junior kicker Carl Hauser who connected on a 30-yard field goal in the second quarter and a 33-yard attempt in the third quarter.

The Cobbers will stay on the road when they play at Hamline on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m.