2008 Cobber Football - Game Recaps
Justin Brantner scores one of his three TD's in the fourth quarter in the Cobbers' 27-21 come-from-behind victory at Gustavus on Saturday. The win helps CC move into a tie for second place in the final MIAC standings. (Photo courteay of Tim Bye)
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ST. PETER, Minn. (11/15/08)-- Concordia scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter against Gustavus on Saturday in St. Peter and came away with a 27-21 in the season finale for both teams. The victory pushes the Cobbers into a three-way tie for second place in the final MIAC standings. CC finishes the season 6-4 overall and 5-3 in league play.

Concordia found themselves down by 15 points heading into the final 15 minutes of the season. That margin was erased courtesy of three Justin Brantner scores and the Cobbers came away with the improbable win. Brantner scored the first of his TD's on a 1-yard run at the 12:16 mark. After the Gusties went three-and-out on their next drive, CC took the ball and went 56 yards in nine plays to cut the lead to 21-19. Brantner scored on a 10-yard pass at 7:13 and the Cobbers were within two. Head coach Terry Horan elected to go for two points on the extra point but Jesse Nelson's pass on the two-point try fell incomplete.

The Concordia defense then stopped the Gusties on their next drive after GAC was only able to get one first down. CC then went 72 yards in 11 plays in 3:37 and Brantner capped the go-ahead drive by scoring on a 10-yard run with 1:22 left in the fourth quarter. The Cobber defense then came up with their only turnover on the day when senior linebacker Isaac Berling picked off a pass on second-and-17 at the Gustavus 11-yard line. CC then ran off the final seconds by taking a knee on two consecutive plays.

The Cobbers were able to pull off the win despite turning the ball over five times. Nelson threw four interceptions and the Gusties recovered one of the two Concordia fumbles on the day.

Concordia outgained Gustavus 447-259 in total offensive yardage. The Cobbers rushed for 268 yards and Nelson was 15-of-36 for 179 yards. Nelson also racked up a game-high 119 rushing yards. Senior running back Cory Johnson finished off his career by gaining 94 yards on 18 carries. The total put Johnson over the 1,000-yard mark for the season - the first time in his career he has achieved that feat. Johnson finished the year with 1,028 rushing yards and becomes the sixth player in program history to run for over 1,000 yards in a single season. He ends his career with a school-record 3,452 rushing yards.

Brantner, who scored all three TD's in the decisive final quarter, finished the day with 34 rushing yards on 10 carries. Senior wide receiver Nick Alton was Nelson's top target for the game and came away with five catches for 58 yards. The five receptions gives Alton exactly 100 for his career. Paul Shol scored the other CC touchdown. He posted a 7-yard run in the second quarter to pull the Cobbers within eight at 14-6.

Gustavus (6-4/4-4 MIAC) was led by senior quarterback Jordan Becker who was 11-for-20 for 122 passing yards and tossed a pair of TD's in the firs quarter. Perhaps the turning point of the game came midway through the third quarter when Becker suffered a concussion on a 1-yard run and did not return foe the rest of the game. Ray Wilson ran the ball 15 times and gained 71 yards and Elliot Herdina rushed for 35 yards and one score and caught three passes and one TD.

Defensively the Cobbers were led by a pair of senior linebackers and a junior defensive back. Brett Abrahamson finished off his caeer by having his best game in maroon and gold. He had a career-high 12 tackles. Fellow linebacker Isaac Berling had the one interception to go along with nine tackles. Defensive back Andrew Larson also had a career-high in tackles. He posted 10 tackles and had 1.5 tackles for a loss.