|Concordia players hold the Troll Trophy aloft after the Cobbers beat St. Olaf 17-14 in Northfield on Saturday. (Pic courtesy of Tim Bye)|
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Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: October 31, 2009
Concordia vs. St. Olaf Box Score - Now Online!
1st - CC - 6:19 - Andrew Larson 1-yd rush (Hauser kick)
1st - STO - :13 - Mueller 35-yd pass from Garrett (Powell k)
2nd - CC - 2:09 - Larson 14yd pass frm Dunham (Hauser k)
4th - CC - 13:32 - Hauser 30-yd FG
4th - STO - 8:45 - Jennings 35yd pass from Garrett (Powell)
Key Plays of the Game: Holding onto a 17-14 lead in the fourth quarter, the Cobber defense came up with two keys stops on successive possessions. After CC punted and the ball was downed at the 48-yard line, the Cobber defense held tight on four straight plays and forced a turnover on downs. On the possession, the Oles had three incomplete passes and one rush for a single yard. Concordia then went on a nine-play drive to take 3:32 off the clock. CC turned the ball over on downs and the defense responded by getting a Zach Debeltz on the second play of the final Ole drive.
NORTHFIELD, Minn. (10/31/09)-- Concordia used just enough offense and a defense that came up with key stops to edge St. Olaf 17-14 in Northfield on Saturday. The win is the first in three seasons over the Oles and brings back the Troll Trophy - the ugliest rivalry trophy in college football - back to Moorhead. The Cobbers have also won two straight and even their overall record to 4-4. CC is now 2-4 in the MIAC.
Both Concordia touchdowns came courtesy of newly found running back Andrew Larson. Larson, who was converted to the team's top rusher, ran for one score and caught a 14-yard pass for another. He finished with game highs in rushing and receiving yards. Larson rushed the ball 21 times for 58 yards and caught five passes for 94 yards.
Larson's first score came on a 1-yard run but was set up by a 42-yard reception that took the ball from the St. Olaf 48-yard line down to the six. His TD run put CC up 7-0. After the Oles tied the game on the next possession, Concordia went ahead for the second time in the game at the end of the first half. Larson caught a 14-yard pass from sophomore QB Mike Dunham to give the Cobbers a 14-7 lead.
The score would stay at 14-7 until Concordia tacked on, what would eventually become the game-winning score, a Carl Hauser field goal with 13:32 to play in the fourth quarter.
St. Olaf (3-5/1-5 MIAC) narrowed the gap to 17-14 on a 15-yard touchdown pass with 8:45 to play. That is when the Cobber defense stepped up and came away with two huge stops. After CC punted and the ball was downed at the 48-yard line, the Cobber defense held tight on four straight plays and forced a turnover on downs. On the possession, the Oles had three incomplete passes and one rush for a single yard. Concordia then went on a nine-play drive to take 3:32 off the clock. CC turned the ball over on downs and the defense responded by getting a Zach Debeltz on the second play of the final Ole drive.
Dunham ran his record to 2-0 as the team's starting quarterback. He finished the game by going 13-for-29 for 150 passing yards and one TD. Justin Brantner ran the ball 10 times and had 47 yards.
The Concordia defense allowed 283 yards of total offense, including only 82 rushing yards. It marks the third straight week that the defense has not allowed an opponent to gain 100 yards on the ground.
Debeltz was the team leader for the defense. The junior had a game-high 11 tackles and came up with the game-sealing pick. He also had 1.0 tackles for a loss. As a unit, the Cobbers came up with 7.0 tackles for a loss. Fellow defensive back Troy Henne had 7.0 tackles on the day.
Concordia will put their two-game winning streak on the line when they return to Northfield next Saturday to take on Carleton at 1 p.m.