Brian Schumacher was one of three Concordia players to rush for over 100 yards in the Cobbbers' 49-35 win over St. Olaf.
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Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: November 5, 2005
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MOORHEAD, Minn. -- In a match-up of the "old school" running attack against the "new age" passing game, the team that featured the no-frills offense racked up 613 yards of total offense and came away with a 49-35 victory.
Fans of defensive football came to the wrong stadium on Saturday as Concordia rushed for 496 yards and threw for 117 more as they scored 40-plus points for the second straight week. The Cobbers finish off their conference season with a 7-1 record and will wait to see if they tie for the conference championship or finish in second place. Overall, Concordia improves to 8-1 on the year. It is the first time since the 1980 and '81 seasons that they have recorded back-to-back eight-win seasons.
St. Olaf threaded the Cobber secondary for 389 yards of passing and finished the day with 533 total offensive yards. It is the most yards given up by a Cobber defense this season and the first time since 2001 that Concordia has given up more than 500 yards in total offense.
The Oles see their 15 minutes of fame in the 2005 season come to an end as they fall for the second straight week. St. Olaf is now 7-2 overall and 5-2 in conference play and has given up 112 points in their last two games. The Oles have also given up back-to-back games of over 600 yards of total offense. They will have to wait another week to try and clinch their first eight-win season since 1978.
Concordia senior quarterback Brian Schumacher was one of the Cobber offensive leaders and led a trio of Cobber backs that ran for more than 100 yards in the game. Schumacher ran for 134 yards on 24 carries and scored two touchdowns. He also threw for 117 yards and one touchdown.
Despite their contrasting styles, running backs Cory Johnson and Kevin Williamson combined to run for 326 yards and four touchdowns. Johnson, the speedster, racked up 165 yards on 10 carries. He also broke free for the game's longest play from scrimmage when he turned the corner and bolted to a 79-yard touchdown run. Williamson, the bruiser, carried the ball 30 times and totaled 161 yards. He ran for touchdown scores of four yards and a pair of 1-yard bursts.
St. Olaf senior quarterback Jason Wilsey threw for 334 yards and was 19-for-34 in passing attempts. Andrew Schmiesing made a game-high seven receptions and amassed 147 receiving yards. He caught one touchdown pass and threw for another as he hooked up with Horace Gant on a 55-yard TD pass after faking an end around.
Ole running back Jay Higgins scampered his way to 64 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and helped St. Olaf put up 144 rushing yards.
Defensively, Concordia was led by a pair of seniors. Defensive back Tanner Radermacher had a team-high seven tackles and came up with a key interception in the third quarter. Linebacker Mark Halley also had seven tackles and helped Concordia come up with critical stops in the second and fourth quarters. Lineman Tyler Ledyard had two sacks in the game and had four total tackles.
Peter St. Lawrence made 10 solo tackles and finished with a game-high 11.5 tackles overall to lead the Ole defense.
Concordia will finish off their season when they play UM-Morris on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 5:30pm at the Fargodome. The Cobbers will then play the waiting game as they hope for an at-large bid into the Division III NCAA Tournament. The bids for the playoffs are announced on Sunday, Nov. 13.