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MINNEAPOLIS (10/11/03) -- Setting a single-game school record with 517 team rushing yards, Concordia College-Moorhead rallied from an early deficit to dominate in a 32-13 triumph over host Augsburg College in a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football game Saturday afternoon at Edor Nelson Field.
Running back Robert Clark (Sr., Seeley Lake, Mont.) rushed 19 times for 182 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Cobbers, now 5-1 overall and 4-1 in MIAC play. He was one of three Cobbers to rush for more than 100 yards in the game, with quarterback Ryan Hebrink (Sr., Sacred Heart, Minn.) rushing for 141 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown, and running back Jeremy Hinderks (Sr., Renville, Minn.) rushing 17 times for 103 yards and two scores.
Augsburg, which had 325 yards of total offense in a losing effort, drops to 3-3 overall and 2-2 in MIAC play.
The 517 rushing yards for the Cobbers, on 64 attempts, fell 45 short of the MIAC's single-game record, 562 yards by St. John's in a 1976 game against Macalester. Concordia's previous single-game rushing record was 454 yards, set in a 1995 game against St. Olaf. Concordia had just 12 passing yards on one completion in seven attempts in the game, held in a driving rainstorm and windy conditions at Augsburg.
Augsburg took an early lead, behind the play of freshman quarterback Troy Deden (Fr., Northfield, Minn.), making his first collegiate start in place of regular starter Tony George (So., Blaine, Minn.), who suffered a sprained ankle injury in last week's win over Carleton. George tried to take a few snaps in the second quarter, but was not able to remain in the game.
Deden completed 15 of 31 passes with two interceptions for 244 yards and a touchdown in his collegiate debut. However, Augsburg rushed for just 81 yards on 35 attempts in the game.
The Auggies jumped on the board first, as Deden capped a 13-play, 78-yard drive over 6:09 with a one-yard plunge. The drive included 10 rushing plays, the biggest play a 34-yard scamper by Ben Paul (Sr., St. Paul, Minn./Johnson HS).
Concordia tied the game late in the quarter, after taking the ball at its own 42-yard line following a botched snap on a field-goal attempt by the Auggies. A three-play, 58-yard drive was culminated in a 33-yard rushing score by Clark.
But the Auggies took the lead again on its next play from scrimmage, as Deden connected with Jamie Smith (Sr., Oakdale, Minn./Tartan HS) for an 80-yard touchdown, the longest passing play for the Auggies this season.
Another big play was the feature of the next drive, as Concordia's Josh Vickerman (Sr., Alexandria, Minn.) returned the Auggie kickoff 70 yards to the Augsburg 19-yard line. Four plays later, Hinderks scored his first touchdown on a seven-yard run, giving the Cobbers the lead for good.
After that score, the game was dominated by the Cobbers' rushing attack. Concordia did not gain a single passing yard after its first drive in the first quarter, letting the run dictate the tempo of play in the rainy conditions.
Just before halftime, Concordia scored to cap a nine-play, 80-yard drive, as Clark found an opening and rambled 30 yards for the score, giving the Cobbers a 20-13 halftime lead.
Concordia scored twice more to complete the dominating victory. Hinderks scored his second touchdown on a 19-yard run to complete a 13-play, 80-yard drive in the closing seconds of the third quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter, Jordan Talge (Jr., Moorhead, Minn.) stopped an Augsburg drive with an interception at the Concordia 3-yard line, returning it 26 yards. On the subsequent Cobber drive, quarterback Hebrink was the feature player, as he rushed for 68 of the Cobbers' 71 yards on the drive, capping it with a 38-yard scamper for a touchdown to produce the final margin.
Concordia turned the ball over three times on fumbles, but Augsburg could not take advantage of the opportunities, as one drive in the second quarter started at the Concordia 16 was stopped on downs three plays later at the Concordia 41, another drive after a fumble stalled for a punt, and the final drive after a fumble was stopped by an interception by Concordia's Vickerman.
In addition to the three Cobbers who gained more than 100 yards on the ground, Brian Schumacher (So., Thompson, N.D.), one of three Cobber quarterbacks used in the game, had four carries for 41 yards.
Augsburg was led by Paul's 60 rushing yards on 11 carries, with Nick Sanchez (Sr., Almond, Wis./Almond-Bancroft HS) gaining 45 yards on 16 carries. Deden passed for 244 yards, with Smith catching five passes for 111 yards. Andrew Neumann (Fr., Somerset, Wis.) caught five passes for 94 yards, and Yarzue Slowon (Jr., Crystal, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong HS) caught three passes for 51 yards.
Defensively, Josh Dietz (Jr., Glencoe, Minn.) led the Cobbers with 12 tackles (two solo) and a forced fumble. Evan Emmerich (Jr., Princeton, Minn.) had nine tackles (two solo), including two for loss, and Doug Runke (Jr., Willmar, Minn.) had eight tackles (one solo). Talge had four passes defensed and an interception, and Travis Almquist (So., Fargo, N.D.) had a quarterback sack and two tackles for loss.
Augsburg was paced by Taylor Kroger (So., Cottonwood, Minn./Lakeview HS), who had 14 tackles (two solo). Jim Gunderson (Jr., Hastings, Minn.) had 11 tackles (five solo) and two forced fumbles, and Brandon Fox (Sr., Springfield, Minn.) had nine tackles (two solo), including one for loss. Ricky Schreier (So., Maplewood, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall HS) and Jon Kozitza (Sr., North Mankato, Minn./Mankato West HS) had eight tackles apiece.
Both teams return to action with games at MIAC power St. John's University in consecutive weeks. Augsburg plays at St. John's next Saturday (10/18) at 1 p.m., while Concordia has next week off before returning to action on Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. St. John's.
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