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Cobbers 2004 Season
Sept.18 at UST W 20-7
Sept.25 CARLETON W 40-15
Oct.2 at GAC W 42-27
Oct.9 HAMLINE W 42-0
Oct.16 at SJU W 21-20
Oct.23 BETHEL W 34-23
Oct.30 AUGSBURG W 31-6
Nov.6 at St. Olaf W 50-7
Nov.12 MENLO W 30-0
Knights 2004 Season
Sept.11 at Augsburg W 27-24
Sept.18 at Bna Vsta L 14-17
Sept.25 LUTHER W 16-7
Oct. 2 at Simpson W 21-7
Oct. 9 LORAS L 14-31
Oct. 16 at Coe W 34-27
Oct. 30 at Central W 14-10
Nov. 6 CORNELL W 49-7
Nov. 13 DUBUQUE W 37-7
November 20, 2004 vs. Wartburg College - Noon
1st Round NCAA Playoffs
11 (NCAA 1st Round): Wartburg Knights (8-2) at Concordia College
The Starting Lineups:
Cobbers vs. Knights Stat Breakdown (Overall Games)
Cobbers vs. Knights Preview
Concordia head coach Terry Horan (Concordia ’89) is in his fourth year as head football coach at Concordia College. Last season he helped the Cobbers to a 7-3 overall mark and a 6-2 MIAC record. In 2002 he was named the MIAC Coach of the Year as he guided the Cobbers to a second place finish. In his first three seasons at the helm, he has compiled a 17-8 conference record and a 19-11 overall mark.
Rick Willis is in
his eighth season as head coach of the Wartburg Knights. He took over the
reigns in 1997. His seven-year record of 72-13 ranks him in the top five
among winningest active coaches percentage-wise in NCAA Division III. A
59-7 run in the IIAC over the past six seasons and conference championships
in 2004, 2003, 2002 and 1999 are included in that mark. The 1999 and 2003
seasons are crown jewels for Willis' staff as he led the Knights to 10-0
records. Willis earned IIAC and West Region Coach of the Year honors following
the 1999 season.
This is the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
The Marquee Match-Up - The Concordia Defensive Line vs. The Wartburg Offensive Line
Welcome to good old-fashioned, smash-mouth, down-and-dirty football. This is a match-up of an offensive line that averages 280-lbs and runs the ball an average of 40 times per game against a defensive line that allows a scant 70 yards per game on the ground and has held three different opponents to under 20 total rushing yards this season.
Wartburg's main offensive weapon is running back Dan Hammes. Hammes has gained 1,016 yards on the season on 189 carries. He has ran for over 100 yards in three of the team's last four games. Last week he scored three touchdowns in the Knights' title-clinching victory over Dubuque.
As a team, Wartburg has rushed for over 200 yards in the last four games. They have only been held under 150 yards of rushing three times this season - they lost two of those. Against Buena Vista, Wartburg was held to a season-low 84 yards in rushing and lost 17-14. In their other loss, a 31-14 defeat at the hands of Loras, the Knights gained only 126 yards on the ground. In the three games they were held to under 150 yards in rushing, the Knights averaged 16.3 points. In the seven games Wartburg gained over 150 yards on the ground, they averaged 30.4 points per game.
The Concordia defense led
the MIAC in rushing yardage allowed per game and was ranked eighth nationally
against the run. The Cobber defensive front has been the toughest in the
league against the run all year long. They have consistently shut down
the top runners in the league and completely neutralized opposing offenses.
Against St. Thomas' premiere back, Walter Dosh, the Cobbers held
him to a mere 33 yards. Facing Wade Thompson of Carleton, Concordia
stifled the Knight king for only 11 yards, and against perennial league
champion St. John's, the Concordia Clobber Crew held their #1 back Corey
Weber to 21 yards (he did leave the game with a separated shoulder
in the first quarter).
Scouting the Knights
Wartburg enters today’s game on a four-game winning streak. They are making their third straight NCAA playoff appearance and have also won three straight IIAC titles. The road to this year’s crown was completely different than in years past. The Knights stumbled out of the gates in the IIAC, losing two of their first four games. Left for dead, Willis’ Warriors got back on track, won four straight and are now back in the postseason.
Wartburg has a two-pronged
offensive attack. Running back Dan Hammes carries the weight of
the offense. He has gained 1,046 yards on the year and averages just under
100 yards per game. Quarterback Reed Hoskins can beat teams through
the air. Hoskins has thrown for more than 1,700 yards on the season. His
favorite target is Chris Winter who is among the national leaders
in receptions per game. Defensively, the Knights led the IIAC in scoring
defense (15.8 pts/game) and total defense (261.8 yds/g). They are led by
defensive lineman Noah Junge who was second in the IIAC in sacks.
McIntire leads the team in tackles with 68.
The Cobbers finished the regular season by being ranked nationally in several team categories. The team also had several individuals finish among the nation's elite.
Andrew Passanante is ranked 11th in receiving yards per game (103.7). He did however slide out of the national rankings in receptions per game. Quarterback Brian Schumacher led the MIAC in passing efficiency and is 14th (153.4) in the nation. The defensive duo of Jordan Talge and Josh Dietz are still ranked in the top 20. Talge is tied for fifth in interceptions per game (0.8) and tied for 13th in passes defended (1.7). Dietz finished the regular season 20th in solo tackles per game (6.5).
Cobber kicker Brian Halverson is the last individual to finish the regular season on the national charts. He is tied for 11th in field goals per game (1.1).
As a team, Concordia is ranked fifth in total defense (218.9), seventh in scoring defense (10.8), eighth against the run (72.8) and 12th in pass efficiency defense (83.2). On offense, the Cobbers are 32nd in rushing offense (232.5) and tied for 32nd in scoring offense (34.0).
Wartburg has three players ranked in the top 35 in the nation. The Knights have one offensive player, one defensive player and one special teams player on the national charts. Punter Mark Giesmann is ranked 11th in punt average (40.0). Defensive end Noah Junge is tied for 30th in sacks (1.0), and wide receiver Chris Winter is tied for 33rd in receptions per game (6.1).
The Knights are ranked in
four different defensive categories. The check-in at 19th in pass efficiency
defense (87.3). They are also 26th in total defense (261.8), 29th in total
defense (15.8) and tied for 31st against the run (105.0). Turnover margin
is the only other category the Knights show up in the national rankings.
Wartburg is tied for 29th with a +0.9 mark.
89th Season of Cobber Football
The 2004 season marks Concordia’s 89th year of intercollegiate football, and the Cobbers hold an all-time record of 433-246-39 …Football was started at Concordia in 1916 by Mr. A. M. Sattre. The first game for the Cobbers was against Valley City Normal. Valley City won that game 12-0…Concordia has won three national championships and won the MIAC on 17 different occasions.
The Last Time:
By Cobbers: 2004 vs. Menlo, 30-0
By Opponent: 1998 vs. St. John’s 21-0
300 Yards Rushing
By Cobbers: 2003 vs. Augsburg College, 517 yards
By Opponent: 2000, St. Thomas, 358 yards
300 Yards Passing
By Cobbers: 2004 vs. Hamline, 362 yards
By Opponent: 2003, Menlo College, 333 yards
500 Total Yards
By Cobbers: 2004 vs. Hamline, 591 yards
By Opponent: 2001, St. Olaf College, 500 yards
By Cobbers: 2004 vs. St. Olaf, 50-7
By Opponent: 2000, Bethel College, 60-21
By Cobbers: 2004 vs. Hamline, 42-0
By Opponent: 2003, Menlo College, 44-41
Cobber Individual Offense
200 Yards Rushing
By Cobbers: 1995 vs. St. Olaf College, Kyle Odermann, 214 yards
By Opponent: 2001, Gustavus, Andy Traetow, 209 yards
100 Yard Receiving Game
By Cobbers: 2004 vs. St. Olaf, Andrew Passanante, 154 yards
By Opponent: 2003, St. John’s, Blake Elliot, 132 yards
300 Yard Passing Game
By Cobbers: 2003 vs. St. Olaf College, Ryan Hebrink, 304 yards
By Opponent: 2003, Menlo College, Frank Borba, 333 yards
4 Touchdowns Rushing
By Cobbers: 1995 vs. St. Olaf College, Kyle Odermann
By Opponent: 1998, MSU-Moorhead, Tony Duerr (5)
5 Touchdowns Passing
By Cobbers: 2004 vs. Hamline, Brian Schumacher
By Opponent: 1998, Gustavus, Bob Southworth
4 Touchdowns Receiving
By Cobbers: 1987 vs. Hamline, Terry Horan
By Opponent: ?
Cobber Individual Defense
20 or More Tackles
By Cobbers: 2003 vs. St. John’s, Josh Dietz, 20
By Opponent: 2003, Bethel, Sam Lacy, 20
5 or More Sacks
By Cobbers: 1999 vs. Hamline, Mark Hankel, 5
By Opponent: 2000, St. John’s, Brian Zirbes, 6
3 or More Interceptions
By Cobbers: 1994 vs. Hamline, Stu Lang, 3
By Opponent: 2002, St. John’s, Jeremy Goltz, 3
Cobber Individual/Special Teams:
Kickoff Returned for a Touchdown
By Cobbers: 2003, vs. St. Olaf College, Bobby Clark, 85 yards
By Opponent 2004, St. John's, Lee Clintsman, 94 yards
Punt Returned for a Touchdown
By Cobbers: 2002, vs. Hamline, Bobby Clark, 70 yards
By Opponent 1997, Bethel College, Kirk Midthun, 70 yards
Extra Point Blocked
By Cobbers: 2003 vs. Augsburg, Josh Vickerman
By Opponent: 2004, Menlo College
Field Goal Over 40 Yards
By Cobbers: 2003 vs. Carleton College, 40 yards, Brian Halverson
By Opponent: 2003, Bethel College, Paul Tschetter, 52 yards
3 Field Goals
By Cobbers: 2004, vs. MSU-Moorhead, Brian Halverson
By Opponents: 1998, Augsburg College, Martin Hlinka (4)
News and Notes
Cobber Clobber Crew
No Take at the Jake
In the past two seasons, Concordia has posted a 7-1 at "The Jake". In the past three years, the mark grows to 10-2.
Steady Eddy II
Second Half Sensational
He led the MIAC in receptions and receiving yards per game. Passanante now sets his sights on head coach Terry Horan who holds the school record for receiving yards in a season. Horan had 72 catches for 1,132 yards in 1987. Passanante needs 96 yards to break Horan’s record.
- Cobber quarterback Brian Schumacher (Jr., Thompson, N.D.) finished second in total offense in the MIAC in 2004. He finished the regular season with 2,163 total offensive yards this season. He needs 134 yards to break Ryan Hebrink’s (’04) school record for total offensive yards in a single season. Hebrink, who was a three-time, All-MIAC quarterback and owns the school mark for total offensive yards in a career, set the record of 2,296 yards last season. Schumacher led the MIAC in pass efficiency and was fifth in rushing.
- Jordan Talge (Sr., Moorhead, Minn.) finished the regular season with eight interceptions on the year. That ties him Todd Twete (’90) for most interceptions in a single season. Twete had eight interceptions in 1989. Talge has 16 career interceptions and needs one more “pick” to tie Terry Storm’s (’87) record of 17. Talge led the MIAC in overall interceptions and passes defended.
- Senior linebacker Josh Dietz (Sr., Glencoe, Minn./Glencoe-Silver Lake HS) is nearing the school record for solo tackles and total tackles in a single season. After Dietz' 12-tackle performance against Menlo, he finished the regular season with 65 solo tackles and 107 total. The school record for solo tackles in a season is 69, which is held by Shayne Lindsay. Lindsay set that mark in 1990. The mark for total tackles is 126 held by Dave Benson, who set the record in 1989.
- Junior kicker Brian Halverson (Fargo, N.D./Fargo North HS) tied the school record for field goals in a season on Friday night. Halverson knocked home his 11th field goal of the season when he connected on a 38-yarder against Menlo. He tied the record held by Chris Reimertz (’91), who made 11 field goals in 1989 and 1990.
Halverson led the MIAC in
scoring by a kicker (71 pts.), field goals (11), field goal percentage
(78.6) and extra point percentage (95.0). He was 4-for-4 in field goals
under 30 yards, 6-for-8 from 30 to 39 yards out and 1-for-2 from beyond
40 yards. His longest field goal of the year was a 40-yarder against St.
The Third Time is a Charm
After a couple of losses early into the conference schedule, Wartburg needed to win four consecutive games and hope for Buena Vista to lose three of its final four in order to go to the playoffs.
“It says a lot about our team and the seniors especially. They really persevered, battled and found a way to get it done,” Willis said. “There’s no question it’s special [...] That’s what it’s all about - hanging in their and fighting through things when they don’t go your way. This team has certainly done that.”
Against Dubuque, the Knight offense started off firing on all cylinders. Wartburg scored touchdowns in its first three drives to jump out to a 20-0 lead six seconds into the second quarter.
Wartburg’s first two scoring drives were capped off with five and one-yard touchdown runs from Hammes. Wartburg’s third score came on a 10-yard pass from Hoskins to Vinzant. The Knights ended the first half with a 37-yard field goal kick by senior placekicker Jordan Maus of Davenport that moved him into a tie for the career record.
In the second half, the Knights offense continued to have its way. Wartburg’s ground attack added two more touchdowns, capped off with a 20-yard run from Hammes and a 36-yard run by Parker. Dubuque got on the scoreboard with the game’s final scoring drive as quarterback Will Hewlett connected with receiver Daunta Peterson for a 28-yard strike.
Wartburg’s offensive attack netted 234 yards rushing and 265 yards passing. Hammes was the team’s leading rusher earning 94 yards and three touchdowns. Winter led the Knight receiving corps with 11 catches for 152 yards.
“It was just like last week when we opened it up against Cornell. We decided to get the ball in the air early against these guys,” Winter said. “We thought we could make some plays and take advantage of the way they were going to cover us and we did that. In the first half we made some big plays and got ourselves where we wanted to be.”
The Knight defense also turned in an impressive performance, surrendering only 104 total net yards of offense. Senior defensive back Jake Burns of Starmont tallied two interceptions for 27 yards to lead the secondary. The Knight linebackers and defensive line also put a lot of pressure on Hewlett with six sacks.
To the Victor
The rest of the western half
of the national bracket features UW-La Crosse hosting St. Norbert Saturday
with the winner advancing to a second-round game at Linfield (Ore.) next
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