|Senior defensive end Justin Hensch looks to put pressure on the Hamline QB in the Cobbers' 41-21 win over the Pipers.|
|Cobbers End Losing Skid|
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: October 24, 2009
Concordia vs. Hamline Box Score - Now Online!
1st - 13:12 - CC - Andrew Larson 12 yd run (Hauser kick)
Key Sequence of the Game: Holding a slim 27-21 lead at halftime, the Cobber defense came out in the second half and established the momentum for the final 30 minutes. Concordia's defense forced a three-and-out in the first possession of the third quarter and then the CC offense drove the ball 71 yards in 11 plays and scored a touchdown to establish a 13-point lead.
MOORHEAD, Minn. (10/24/09)-- Concordia scored 27 of the final 34 points against Hamline and sloshed its way to a 41-21 win over Hamline on a wet and cold Saturday in Moorhead. The victory snaps the Cobbers' four-game losing streak and gives CC its first MIAC win of the year.
The game was played as a relay race for the Concordia offense and defense. The Cobber offense raced up and down the field in the first two quarters, amassed 325 yards of total offense and scored 27 points. The offense then handed the baton to the CC defense in the second half and the "D" responded by holding Hamline (2-5/1-5 MIAC) to only 53 yards of total offense in the final two quarters and only four first downs. The Pipers were only able to get the ball inside the Concordia 45-yard line one time in the final 30 minutes of play and had only two rushing yards.
For the game Concordia had 517 yards of total offense marking the second straight game that the Cobbers have racked up at least 500 yards in total offense. The biggest stat for the CC offense came in the turnover department where Concordia did not lose one fumble and had only one turnover the entire game. It marked the first time in conference play that the Cobbers had not lost a fumble and did not turn the ball over at least three times.
The CC offense was led by the three-headed monster of Mike Dunham, Andrew Larson and Jake Krause. Dunham, making his first collegiate start at QB, was 24-for-34 for 299 passing yards and threw for a pair of scores. Larson rushed the ball 22 times and gained 106 yards on the ground. It marked the first time all season that CC has had a 100-yard rusher. Larson also had two rushing scores on the day. Krause completed the triumvirate by catching seven passes for 106 yards and one TD. Krause has now caught 13 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns in the past two games.
The game started like a track meet with both teams scoring touchdowns on two of their first three possessions. The first quarter ended with the score knotted at 14-14 and the two teams combining for 303 yards. The game would slow down in the second quarter and turn into a mile run in the final half as the two teams combined for only 419 total yards in the final three quarters.
The Cobber defense held Hamline to only 205 yards of total offense. The Pipers had a mere 34 yards on the ground and recorded 171 passing yards. The biggest play of the game for HU came in the second quarter when Tim Queck returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown to bring the score to 24-21. Hamline quarterback Adam Meyer was 11-for-26 for 141 yards and one touchdown. Meyer also threw one interception.
Concordia's defense came up with two sacks and forced two turnovers on the day. CC was led by senior defensive back Troy Henne who had eight tackles and one pass break up. Justin Hensch had one of the two Cobber sacks on the day and also had 2.0 tackles for a loss. Perry Patterson recorded the lone Concordia interception on the day. He intercepted his second pass of the year in the fourth quarter.
The Cobber will look to keep their momentum going when they play at St. Olaf on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m.