The Cobbers defeated MSU Moorhead 29-12 in Powerbowl VII.

Victory To the Third Power !!

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Moorhead, Minn.-- Despite fumbling three times and throwing for less than 100 yards, the Cobbers used enough big plays to outlast cross-town rival MSU-Moorhead 29-12 and claim their third straight Power Bowl victory.

The victory for the Cobbers in Power Bowl VII was sealed by the strength of two plays. Trailing 6-3 towards the end of the first quarter, Mark Halley intercepted an errant Eric Schaumburg pass and raced 67 yards for the score. The play put a halt to a shift in momentum after the Dragons had recovered a fumble on the very first play from scrimmage after they scored their first touchdown of the year.

The game was then broken open on the first play from scrimmage in the second half. Freshman running back Cory Johnson swept around the right end and outran the entire MSU Moorhead defense for a 67-yard touchdown scamper. It was Johnson's very first run of his collegiate career and it gave Concordia a 22-6 lead with only 16 seconds gone in the third quarter.

The Cobbers turned the ball over three times in the game as they allowed the Dragons to have a short field on several occasions. MSU Moorhead returned the favor by turning the ball over four times and allowing Concordia to escape the game with the victory. The Dragons fumbled the ball twice and Schaumburg, the redshirt freshman quarterback, was forced into throwing two interceptions. Schaumburg was resilient throughout the entire game in his first start. He finished the game with 51 yards of rushing and threw for 176 yards and one touchdown.

Schaumburg's lone touchdown pass cam on a broken play in the first quarter when he sidestepped the Cobber pass rush and then released the ball as he was being brought down to the ground. The ball floated helplessly away from the Concordia secondary and into the waiting hands of Eyad Salem. The reception was Salem's only catch of the game.

Concordia senior quarterback Brian Schumacher continued his ability to move the Cobbers in the clutch. Despite only throwing for 80 yards, Schumacher did not throw an interception and was able to effectively run the ball and keep Concordia on the move. He finished the game with only 18 rushing yards but was able to run the ball over from one yard out to give Concordia a 16-6 lead at the start of the second quarter.

Defensively, Concordia's front four was able to shut down the Dragon running attack and force Schaumburg into facing third and long situations and having to throw the ball. MSU Moorhead ended up with 80 yards in rushing on 40 attempts and was unable to break free in the first three quarters of the game.

The Cobbers were also able to put pressure on Schaumburg in passing situations and finished the day with four sacks. Tyler Ledyard set a Power Bowl record by recording two sacks in the game. He also finished with four other tackles. Mark Halley was the game's leading tackler. He had seven total tackles to go along with his interception return. He was named the Most Electrifying Defensive Player of the Game and also earned the Power Surge Play of the Game for his first-quarter score. Senior All-MIAC defensive end Travis Almquist started his final season with a solid performance. Almquist had 5.5 tackles and accounted for one sack.

Johnson injected life into the Cobber offense from his very first play. After Nick Reinisch carried the load in the first half, Johnson rambled for a game-high 91 yards in the final two quarters of play. Reinisch had 63 yards on seven carries. Kevin Williamson, the team's power back, had had 13 carries and a total of 30 yards.

Johnson was honored with the game's Most Electrifying Offensive Player of the Game award.

Schaumburg was the Dragon's leading rusher. He was able to break free of the Cobber containment on several pass attempts and scrambled his way to 54 yards on 13 carries. Yvan Salazar was the other main running threat for MSU Moorhead he finished with 14 carries and gained 24 yards.

A pair of Dragon receivers had five catches. Derek Blackburn had five catches for 78 yards, while Roland Sessions totaled 41 yards on five catches.

Concordia will have a bye weekend and return to action on Saturday, September 17 when they host St. Thomas at 1:00pm. MSU Moorhead plays at the University of South Dakota on Saturday, September 10 at 2:00pm.