Concordia senior defensive lineman Justin Hensch records the only sack of the day in the Cobbers' 31-16 win at Carleton on Saturday.
(Pic courtesy of Tim Bye)
|Cobbers Grind Out Third Straight!|
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: November 7, 2009
Concordia vs. Carleton Box Score - Now Online!
1st - CC - 10:43 - Carl Hauser 24 yd FG
3rd - CC - 7:27 - Andrew Larson 10 yd run (Hauser kick)
4th - CC - 11:37 - Mike Dunham 20 yd run (Hauser kick)
Key Plays of the Game: Holding a 17-10 lead at the start of the third quarter, Concordia's defense came out and held Carleton to two total yards in their first two possessions of the second half. The Cobbers forced a pair of three-and-outs by the Knights and that allowed the CC offense to tack on the back-breaking TD midway through the third quarter.
NORTHFIELD, Minn. (11/07/09)-- Concordia scored on its first two possessions of the game against Carleton and went on to grind out a 31-16 win in Northfield. The win is the third straight for the Cobbers and moves their overall record over the .500 mark for the first time since Sept. 26. CC is now 5-4 in all games and 3-4 in conference play.
Cobber senior running back Andrew Larson had another career-best game on the ground. Larson rushed the ball 32 times and gained 148 yards on the ground. Both are career highs for Larson. He also scored two of Concordia's four TD's.
Concordia took the opening kickoff and went 59 yards in nine plays and had senior kicker Carl Hauser connect on a 24-yard field goal to give the Cobbers a 3-0 lead. After the CC defense forced the Carleton offense to punt after three plays, Concordia marched 61 yards in six plays to push the score to 10-0. Larson capped the drive by bowling into the end zone from three yards out.
The Knights got on the board at the beginning of the second quarter with a 30-yard field goal but then Concordia took possession and drove 74 yards in 15 plays for their second TD of the game. Justin Branter rambled for a 13-yard TD and the Cobbers were staked to a 17-3 lead.
Carleton scored on the very next possession as they went on a eight-play 67-yard drive. Knight quarterback Jacob Anderson had four completions for over 10 yards in the drive and he capped the scoring march with a 19-yard pass to Dylan Bothun.
Perhaps the most critical part of the game came immediately after halftime. The Cobbers defense responded to the challenge by forcing Carleton to go three-and-out on their first two possessions. The CC offense then put the game out of reach by scoring their third touchdown of the game after a seven-play 37-yard drive. Larson recorded his second score of the game on a 10-yard TD scamper.
The Knights scored their final TD of the game on an Anderson two-yard run with 2:00 to play in the third quarter. CC responded by scoring on its next possession. Sophomore quarterback Michael Dunham finished off the scoring by running home from 20 yards out.
For the game Concordia outgained Carleton 416-228. It marked the fourth straight game that the Cobber defense has held its opponent to under 285 yards of total offense. Paced by Larson's 148 rushing yards, CC gained 254 yards on the ground - 26 more than Carleton's complete offensive output.
Dunham was 11-for-17 for 162 yards through the air. He also had 32 rushing yards. Brantner was the game's second leading rusher with 68 yards on 12 carries. He also had three receptions for 25 yards. Chris Gilson was the Cobbers' top receiver in the game. He had three catches for 82 yards.
The Cobber offense had the ball for 36:57 as compared to only 23:03 for the Knights. The other big statistical difference came in third down conversions. Concordia was 9-for-16 on third downs and the CC defense held Carleton to a mere 1-for-11 on third down lays.
The only downside for the Concordia offense was the fact that they had two fumbles on the day. The Cobbers had one more turnover in the game and has had more turnovers than their opponent's in six of the nine games this season.
One of the keys to the Cobbers' victory was the play of senior punter David Williamson. Williamson had four punts in the game and averaged 42.0 yards per punt. He had two kicks downed inside the 20-yard line. In the fourth quarter he came up with a 41-yard punt that was downed at the 1-yard line and then came up with his best punt of the day, a 48-yarder that was downed on the 23-yard line.
Once again the defense was led by junior defensive back Zach Debeltz. He had eight total tackles including five solo tackles. Linebacker Jake Uphus came away with the only turnover for CC as he picked off a pass in the third quarter. For Uphus it was his second interception of the season. As a team Concordia has intercepted 11 passes this season, the most by a CC defense since the 2005 season. The Cobbers have come up with at least one pick in the last three games. Concordia senior defensive lineman Justin Hensch came up with the only sack of the day for CC.
Concordia will finish off the 2009 season next weekend when they host Gustavus on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 1 p.m.