Tyler Ledyard comes away with a rare feat - a sack on All-American quarterbcak Brett Elliott.
NCAA Playoffs Gameday!
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: November 24, 2005
Linfield Box Score - Now online!
CC - Briam Schumacher 1 yd run (Halverson kick)
LIN - Brad McKechnie 22 yd pass from Brett Elliott (John Dailey kick)
CC - Ben Thoreson 16-yd pass from Schumacher (Halverson kick)
LIN - Brandon Hazenberg 18 yd pass from Elliott (Dailey kick)
LIN - McKechnie 7 yd pass from Elliott (Dailey lick)
LIN - Elliott 4 yd run (Dailey kick)
MCMINNVILLE, Ore- For three quarters the two heavyweight title hopefuls stood toe-to-toe and traded blows. Unfortunately in the end, defending champion Linfield was able to wear down the Concordia defense and land the final knockout blow in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter, coming away with a 28-14 victory in the second round of the NCAA playoffs in McMinnville, Ore.
The Cobbers pushed the #1 team in the country farther than any team this season an in the end showed why they have established themselves as one of the top programs in the country. Concordia finishes the season 10-2, while the Wildcats imporve to 10-0 and move on to the region final where they will host UW-Whitewater.
The game was a tale of two halfs, with the Cobbers using their punishing ground game to establish a 14-7 lead at half time. It was the first time that Linfield had trailed at the break all season long and sent the host Wildcats into the locker room in a state of disbelief.
Perhaps the tutning point of the game came at the end of the first half and the start of the second. With time winding down in the second quarter, Concordia quarterback Brian Schumacher hooked up with wide receiver Lukas Brott for an apparent touchdown, but the play was called back because of a holding penalty.
Early in the second half Concordia was unable to score a touchdown after driving the ball inside the Wildcat 10-yard line. The two missed opportunities allowed Linfield to stay within one score all game long.
The Wildcats were able to slow the Cobber ball possession game in the second half, which allowed their offense to spend more time on the field and subsequently wear down the Concordia defense. After only allowing 112 total yards in the first 30 minutes, the Cobbers allowed 336 yards in the final two quarters.
The Concordia offense racked up 205 yards in the first half and finished the game with 307 total offensive yards.
Concordia senior quarterback Brian Schumacher, the two-time MIAC MVP, played another mistake-free game handling the Concordia offense with precision and poise. He ran the ball 21 times and gained 73 yards and ran for one score. He was also 12-for-22 through the air for 141 yards and through for another TD.
Kevin Williamson powered his way to 59 yards on 17 rushes. Junior Eric Rodel was the Cobbers' leading receiver. He ended the game with five catches for 65 yards.
Senior linebacker Matt Kleber led the Cobber defense with 10 total tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles. The Concordia front four pressured All-American quarterback Brett Elliott all day long. Tyler Ledyard had another sack for the Cobbers as the Wildcat offense conceded more than one sack in a game for the first time all season.
Elliott finished the game with 386 passing yards. He was 31-for-39 and threw one interception. His favorite target on the day was Casey Allen. Allen amassed 12 reception for 131 yards.