2008 Cobber Football - Game Recaps
Concordia junior running back Justin Brantner gets tackled after a gain in the Cobbers' 41-28 loss to Carleton on Saturday. Brantner had a career-high 94 rushing yards and scored two TD's.
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Gameday Game Recap:

MOORHEAD, Minn. (11/08/08)-- It was a tale of two halves and two styles. Unfortunately for Concordia, they came up on the wrong end in both stories. The Cobbers led 21-20 at halftime but were outscored 21-7 in the second half and lost 41-28 to Carleton on a cold and blustery Saturday in Moorhead. With the loss, CC drops out of the race for the MIAC championship as they fall to 5-4 overall and 4-3 in the MIAC. The Knights now have the inside track to the conference title as they will play St. John's at home next Saturday with the winner capturing the league title and earning a spot in the national playoffs. Carleton is now 7-2 in all games and 5-2 in league play.

On a day that should have benefitted the rushing game, Concordia gained 333 yards on the ground but was outdone by the passing game of Carleton. The Knights passed for 372 yards and finished the game with 424 total offensive yards - the most given up by the Cobbers this season.

The game was determined in the second half, after CC ran for 244 yards in the first, they were only able to manage 89 rushing yards in the second half. On the other side of the ball Carleton was able to maintain their offense in both halves and racked up 178 in the decisive final two quarters. In the second half Concordia had seven possessions and managed only two first downs. The Cobbers held an 18:53 to 11:07 time of possession in the first half. That turned into a 32:09 to 27:51 edge for the Knights for the entire game. In the final two quarters, CC had the ball for only 8:58 as opposed to 21:02 for Carleton.

Another key factor in the game came in the turnover department. The Cobbers turned the ball over three times in the game and the Knights turned two of those three into touchdowns and the third miscue occurred at the Carleton one-yard line and stopped a play that could have given CC a touchdown. Concordia forced two Knight turnovers but failed to get a first down after either miscue.

Concordia was led by a pair of running backs. Senior tailback Cory Johnson finished the game with 151 rushing yards on 18 attempts. He also had a 61-yard scoring run in the second quarter. Johnson had 147 yards on 13 carries at halftime but then only carried the ball five times and gained four yards in the second half. Junior fullback Justin Brantner had a breakout game against the Knights. He ran the ball nine times and gained a career-high 93 yards. He also scored two touchdowns and broke off a 61-yard run that set up Concordia's final TD of the game.

Carleton's road to the MIAC title game has gone through the arm of quarterback Shane Henfling. Henfling out up 56 passing attempts on the frozen field on Saturday and went 34-for-56 and tossed for four scores. He finished the game with 305 passing yards, the third straight game he has passed for over 300 yards. Knight receivers Matt Frank and Chris Gardner both caught two touchdown passes. Frank caught 14 balls for 135 yards, while Gardner made eight catches for 79 yards. Frank has now caught at least 10 passes in five of the eight game he has played this season. Carleton running back Phil Blue had 15 carries for 84 yards and rushed for two scores.

Defensively Concordia had four players with at least five tackles in the game. Defensive back Xavier Carroll had a team-high 7.5 tackles and had one pass break up. Isaac Berling, Tom Flynn and Andrew Larson all had 5.0 tackles in the game. Flynn came up with the team's lone interception in the game.

The Knights were led by Drew Ziller who had a game-high 8.5 tackles and 1.0 tackles for a loss. Neil Kolstad came up with a pair of interceptions in the game and finished with 7.5 tackles on the day.

Concordia will finish off the 2008 season when they play at Gustavus on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 1 p.m.