Nick Reinisch (#21) helped Concordia's offense rack up 418 yards and beat Bethel 30-12 in Arden Hills, Minn.
Royally Big Win!
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: October 22, 2005
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ARDEN HILLS, Minn.-- Concordia's offense started the game by scoring on their first two possessions, and the Cobber defense finished the game by holding the Bethel offense off the scoreboard in the second half, as Concordia came up with an important 30-12 win over the Royals in Arden Hills.
The win puts the Cobbers back on the winning track and improves their MIAC record to 5-1. Concordia is now 6-1 overall and remains in control of their playoff destiny. Bethel falls to 2-3 in league play and 3-4 overall.
Concordia senior co-captain Brian Schumacher left little doubt if there was going to be a hangover from the last-second St. John's loss as he rushed for a team-high 110 yards and ran for a score. He also completed 16 of the 19 passes he threw for 148 yards and one score. His completion percentage of 84.2% is the second highest percentage for a single game by a Cobber quarterback since Concordia's sports information department started keeping track of individual game records in 1990. During one stretch from the end of the first quarter through the beginning of the fourth quarter, he completed 12 straight passes.
As a team, Concordia gained 418 yards on offense and ran 75 plays while the Cobber defense limited Bethel to 295 yards on 53 plays. Concordia held a decisive edge in time of possession. The Cobbers had the ball for 38:00 as compared to only 22:00 for the Royals.
Of the 295 yards gained by the Royals, 202 were courtesy of running back Phil Porta as he broke the all-time Bethel record for rushing yards in a career. Porta also scored one of the two Bethel touchdowns on the day.
The Cobbers received the opening kickoff and Schumacher methodically drove the offense down and scored the game's first touchdown on a 10-play, 71 yard drive that ate up 4:48 and gave Concordia an early 7-0 lead.
After the teams traded fumbles, with the Royals losing the kickoff and then Concordia giving the ball back after three plays, Bethel countered Concordia's grind-em out offense with a one-play quick strike. Porta, the league's premiere running back, took the ball on the first play of Bethel's first drive and rumbled 79 yards for the score. The Royals were unable to tie the game as they missed the extra point.
Schumacher then led Concordia on another scoring trek. He refused to let the Cobbers have a letdown after the St. John's game and gave Concordia an eight-point lead when he drove the team 59 yards in five plays for the score. Kevin Williamson capped the drive by plowing in from 1-yard out. For Williamson, it was his team-leading eighth touchdown of the year.
Concordia's defense was able to hold Bethel off the board until just before halftime when Royal quarterback Ben Wetzell capped a two-minute drill drive by hitting Kyle Lee for an 18-yard touchdown pass.
The second half was all Concordia as they outscored Bethel 13-0 and held Porta from breaking off any more long runs.
The Cobbers tacked on two touchdowns in the third quarter. Ben Thoreson scampered around end for a 22-yard touchdown run with 5:03 left to go in the period, and then Levi DeVries scored his first collegiate touchdown when he caught a six-yard touchdown pass from Schumacher.
The Concordia defense found their swagger in the second half as they held Bethel to only 102 yards and five first downs. They also forced three turnovers in the half, intercepting two passes and recovering a fumble.
Junior free safety Dave Moll had his most productive game as a Cobber. He had a team-high 5.5 tackles and also intercepted a pass. Mark Halley led a trio of players who recorded 5.0 tackles each. Halley had 5.0 tackles and one sack in the game. Jeremy Christensen also had his best day in maroon and gold, accounting for a career-high 5.0 tackles, forcing a fumble and also recovering a fumble. Ben Aakre was the final member of the three players to make 5.0 tackles. He also made the second interception of the game for the Cobbers late in the second half.
The Cobbers will travel to Minneapolis to take on Augsburg on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 1:00pm at Edor Nelson Field.