|Tyler Anderson was part of th e Concordia rushing attack that amassed 357 yards on the ground. Anderson finished with 49 yards ont he day.|
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: September 14
The Cobbers used a page out of their traditional playbook to beat St. Thomas 30-21 and run their conference winning streak to 11 games. Concordia has not lost a game in the MIAC since the middle of the 2003 season.
Against the Tommies on Saturday at Jake Christiansen Stadium in front of a Parent’s Weekend crowd of 3,650, Concordia rushed for 357 yards and racked up over 400 total offensive yards in running to the 11-point victory. Freshman Cory Johnson backed up his performance in the opener against MSU Moorhead by slicing his way to 168 yards on 11 carries. He also sealed the game for the Cobbers when he ripped off a 38-yard run on a draw play in the fourth quarter to give Concordia a 31-14 lead with only 2:52 remaining.
Johnson’s 168 rushing yards represent the most for a Cobber running back since the 2003 season when Bobby Clark rushed for 182 yards against Augsburg.
Despite not posting eye-catching passing numbers for the second consecutive week, Concordia quarterback Brian Schumacher used his senior leadership and legs to guide the Cobbers to over 400 yards of total offense and 31 points. Schumacher led the Cobbers on three drives of 10 or more plays and had another scoring drive that lasted nine plays. Statistically, he ran for 57 yards on a game-high 20 carries. His ability to read the defense on the team’s patented option attack continually kept the St. Thomas defense from keying on one player.
St. Thomas started the game quickly, scoring on their first possession. Unfortunately for the Tommies it would be the last time they would score until the fourth quarter. St. Thomas’ opening drive covered 76 yards and on the ninth play, Joe Lepsche found the end zone from three yards out.
The Tommies appeared to be in the driver’s seat throughout the first period as senior linebacker Andrew Ubbelohde continually disrupted the Cobber offense. That continued until the start of the second quarter when the Cobbers started to find ways around Ubbelohde and into the Tommie secondary. A key third down conversion set up the first score of the game for Concordia. Facing third and eight, Schumacher found wide receiver Levi DeVries underneath for nine yards. Three plays later, Schumacher rumbled in from three yards out.
Concordia then forced St. Thomas to punt after three plays and the Cobbers marched right back down to the end zone to take a 14-7 lead. Kevin Williamson’s 1-yard score capped off an 11-play, 70 yard drive that gave Concordia the lead for good.
The Cobbers tacked on a Brian Halverson 33-yard field goal on their next possession to make the score 17-7, a lead they would take into the break.
In the decisive second quarter, St. Thomas was held to only three first downs and only 50 yards of total offense, while the Cobbers netted 10 first downs and 129 yards of offense.
Concordia finished its 24-point run in the third quarter when Schumacher ran for his second score of the day. His second 3-yard TD run gave Concordia a 24-7 lead with just over 12 minutes remaining in the third quarter.
St. Thomas finally broke the scoreless streak when Joel Korte grabbed a 14-yard touchdown pass with only 5:00 remaining in the game.
The final Cobber scoring drive was highlighted by the 34-yard run from Johnson.
The Tommies finished off the scoring with less than a minute to play when Jake Casey scored on a 2-yard run.
For the game, Concordia had 357 rushing yards and 60 yards through the air for a total of 417 yards. St. Thomas ran for 102 yards and threw for 243 in accumulating 345 yards in total offense.
Concordia kicker Brian Halverson continues his march to breaking the all-time scoring record for Cobber football. Halverson had seven points in the game and now has 191 for his career. He needs only 10 more points to break head coach Terry Horan’s mark of 200.
Defensively, a pair of linebackers dominated the line of scrimmage. Ubbelohde, St. Thomas’ All-American candidate, was all over the field, recording a game-high 14 tackles, forcing one fumble, posting one sack and 1.5 tackles for a loss. His Concordia counterpart, Mark Halley, had nine tackles, one forced fumble, one sack and 1.0 tackles for a loss.
The Cobbers' defensive front line was bolstered by the return of Greg Mantz. Mantz, who suffered a dislocated hip in the preseason, was one of five Cobbers who were credited with being part of a sack. Tyler Ledyard led the team with 1.5 sacks, marking the second consecutive game that he has been the team leader. He now has 3.5 sacks in two games. Travis Almquist joined the sack patrol, recording one sack and 2.0 tackles for a loss.