Concordia kicker Brian Halverson broke the school's all-time scoring record. He now has 205 points on his career.
The Scoring King!
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: October 8, 2005
ST. PAUL, Minn.-- It depends on what type of a person you are when dissecting Concordia's 24-7 win over Hamline on Saturday in St. Paul. If you are the "the glass is half empty" type, you see that the Cobbers committed 10 fumbles, lost eight of those and struggled to pull away from the Pipers. If you are "glass is half full" person, you see that the Cobber defense spent most of the afternoon on the field, only gave up seven points and just 214 total offensive yards. Plus, the optimist finds comfort in the fact that the Concordia offense racked up 447 yards of total offense and 292 rushing yards against a defense that entered the game only alowing 121.2 rushing yards per game.
The true optimist would finish his case off with the ultimate silver lining in the game. Senior kicker Brian Halverson finally claimed the school's all-time scoring record with an extra point in the first quarter of the game. Halverson, who entered the season needing 21 points to break head coach Terry Horan's record of 200. Halverson tied the mark last week against Gustavus and then smashed it against the Pipers. He recorded six points in the game and now has 206 for his career.
The Cobbers survived another road scare by using a defense that refused to allow points. The win pushes Concordia's record to 5-0 on the season and 4-0 in the MIAC. Concordia also extends its conference winning streak to 14 games - second longest in program history.
Once again the Cobber ground game ran over another opponent. Concordia entered the game averaging 302.0 yards per game on the ground and stayed right at that averaged as they ran the ball 56 times and gained 292 yards. Junior fullback Kevin Williamson had a game-high 111 yards and ran for two touchdowns. Cobber quarterback Brian Schumacher ran for one score and threw for another as he racked up 85 yards on the ground and 155 yards through the air. He was 9-for-17 in the passing department, and his total of 155 yards is a season-best for the 2004 MIAC MVP.
Eric Rodel finally had his breakout game as a wide receiver. Rodel, one of the athletically gifted athletes on the team who also is used as the team's backup quarterback and as a running back, caught seven passes for a career-high 135 yards. He also made a terrific leaping catch at the goal line to haul in his second touchdown pass of the season.
Mark Halley led the Cobber defense that continues to improve, and is turning into another unit that imposes its will on the other team's offense. Halley had a career-high 14.5 tackles, intercepted a pass and had one sack. His dominance from his middle linebacker spot helped the Cobbers hold Hamline to only 73 rushing yards on 38 attempts.
Four other Concordia defensive players also recorded sacks as the Cobber front four hurried Hamline quarterback Andrew Seymour all day long. Travis Almquist and Dustin Carlson also picked up sacks, as did Matt Kleber and Cody Martinson.
Defensive back Tanner Radermacher came up with his second big interception in a smany weeks. With Hamline driving in the middle of the second quarter and the Cobbers clinging to a 7-0 lead, Radermacher read Piper quarterback Seymour perfectly and stepped in front of a pass in the Concordia end zone to squelch a Hamline scoring drive and give Concordia the ball on a touchback.
The Cobbers took over the ball and converted their second score of the game on the ensuing drive. Rademacher also finished the game with three tackles.
Concordia will return home to square off against St. John's on Saturday, Oct. 15 in a game against the only two nationally ranked schools in the conference.