The Concordia defense shut down the Coe offense in the second half, allowing only 72 yards and five first downs in the final 30 minutes of play.
NCAA Playoffs Gameday!
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: November 19, 2005
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CC - Brian Schumacher 3-yd run (Halverson kick)
COE - Brando King 16-yd pass from Andy TeKippe (Herzberger kick)
CC - Kevin Williamson 13-yd run (Halverson kick)
COE - Jon Rife 32-yard pass from Andy TeKippe (Herzberger kick)
CC - Brian Schumacher 4-yd run (Halverson kick)
CC - Levi DeVries 23-yd run (Halverson kick blocked)
MOORHEAD, Minn.-- Concordia's offensive attack used a page out of the postal service manual as they slopped their way past Coe College 27-14 in the first round of the NCAA playoffs in a game played in Moorhead, Minn.
The Cobbers didn't let rain or mud or sloppy field conditions stop them from delivering their hammer-like rushing attack as they ran the ball 72 times and pounded out 374 yards on the ground, holding onto the ball for 40:06. Concordia racked up 447 yards of total offense against a Coe defense that entered the game giving up an average of 289 yards per game.
Concordia improves to 10-1 on the year and advances to the second round of the NCAA playoffs for the second straight season. Coe finishes the year with a 9-2 record.
In a game that was played on field that slowly turned into a quagmire, the Cobbers established their style of play from the onset. Concordia scored on their first possession of the game after they forced the Kohawks to punt to open the game. On the opening scoring drive Concordia ran the ball on six of the seven plays and opened up the Kohawk defense with their patented double-slot option offense.
Coe was able to put together a passing attack in the first half, throwing the ball for 201 yards. They countered Concordia's first two scores with a pair of scoring strikes from quarterback Andy TeKippe. TeKippe hooked up with Brandon King for a 16-yard score to tie the game at 7-7 at the start of the second quarter, and then threw a quick hitch to Jon Rife who ran 32 yards for a touchdown with 3:22 left in the first half. Rife's score tied the game at 14-14 and gave Coe the momentum heading into the break.
Perhaps the turning point of the game came at the end of the second quarter when the Cobbers marched the ball 60 yards after the Kohawk score and took a 21-14 lead with :29 remaining in the half on a Brian Schumacher 4-yd run. For Schumacher, it was his second TD of the game and it gave Concordia the extra bounce in their step heading into halftime.
The second half was all grind em' out offense for the Cobbers and a concentrated effort on defense for Concordia. After allowing 202 total yards and 10 first downs in the first 30 minutes, the Cobbers allowed only 72 yards and five first downs in the final 30 minutes.
The Cobber offense did their part by holding onto the ball for 22 of the 30 minutes in the second half. Concordia offensive coordinator Bob Nick turned the offense over to bruising fullback Kevin Williamson and he responded by carrying the ball 18 times and powered his way to 74 yards in the final two quarters.
The only score in the half came courtesy of a 23-yd run from freshman Levi DeVries with time running out in the third quarter. Devries took the pitch on the option and was able to beat the Coe defense to the corner and turn it into his second touchdown of the season.
The Cobber defense used the fourth quarter to continually harass TeKippe and neutralize the powerful Coe ground game. The Kohawks came into the game averaging 190 yards on the ground per game, and running back Ashton Northern had rushed for more than 100 yards in four straight games. In the end, the Kohawk rushing game only gained 27 yards on 21 carries and Northern was held to 40 yards.
Schumacher ran the ball 29 times and had a game-high 107 yards on the ground, the fourth time this season that he has gained over 100 yards on the ground. As with the previous 10 games in the 2005 season, the Cobber air attack was used only when needed. Schumacher was an economical 4-for-7 for 36 yards through the air.
Williamson finished with 98 yards on 23 carries and freshman Cory Johnson had 77 yards on 14 attempts. Williamson also scored one touchdown, and now has 16 on the year, one shy of tying the school record for most touchdowns in a season.
Coe quarterback Andy TeKippe completed 16 of 37 passes and had 247 passing yards in the game. Neil Suckow hauled in three catches for a game-high 77 yards.
Concordia's defense turned in a total team effort as 11 players had at least 2.0 tackles. Dave Moll led the Cobbers from his spot in the secondary. The hard-hitting junior had 5.5 tackles. Four different Concordia players had at least one sack. The Cobbers sacked TeKippe five times on the day with Dustin Carlson picking up a game-high 1.5 sacks.
The linebacking tandem of Zach Nosbisch and Ross Weymiller combined for 27 tackles. Nosbisch had a game-high 14.0 and Weymiller finished with 13.0
Concordia advances to play at Linfield, Ore. The Cobbers will take on the defending national champions, and current national #1, on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 2:00pm (CST) at Linfield.