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At  Anderson-Nelson Field in Minneapolis , Sat. Oct. 25, 1997, Concordia vs Augsburg, 1:00 Kickoff. - 

10/26 Forum coverage of Football's  loss at Augsburg  

Listen to archived game vs Augsburg  10/25/97 on Real Audio 
10/31 See Concordian Story 

10/25/97 Cobbers lose 13-10 at Augsburg  

 - Auggie pre-season preview 
 - Auggie win over St. John's 9/20 
 - Auggie 26-7 win at Hamline 10/4 
 - See Auggie 35 vs Carleton 21 game stats 10/11/97 
 - Mpls Trib story on Auggies' 2 ot win at Gustavus 10/18 

- Game Notes From Auggie SID Don Stoner 10/23 
Augsburg 13, Concordia-Moorhead 10 
by Augsburg SID Don Stoner 
        MINNEAPOLIS -- Augsburg kicker Martin Hlinka (Jr., Bratislava, Slovakia/Farmington HS) nailed a 29-yard field goal with 17 seconds to play Saturday, sending the Auggies into sole possession of first place in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a 13-10 victory over Concordia-Moorhead at Anderson-Nelson Field. 
        With the win, combined with Bethel's 33-27 win over St. Thomas on Saturday, Augsburg is in sole possession of first place in the league with a 7-1 overall record and 6-1 league mark. Concordia and St. Thomas are both 6-2 overall and 5-2 in the league. Augsburg is in pursuit of its first MIAC football championship since the 1928 season -- the only MIAC football title the Auggies have ever won. 
        Augsburg's seven wins in the season matches a school record for victories in a season, previously set in 1973, when the Auggies finished 7-2 overall. The Auggies have won six games in a row, matching the longest winning streak in school history. 
        Augsburg tied the game at 10-10 with 9:12 in the fourth quarter, when Hlinka hit a 30-yard field goal. The Auggies got the ball back on an interception by Jake Kern on the next Concordia drive, but Hlinka missed a 34-yard field goal attempt with 5:48 to play. 
        However, on Concordia's next drive, running back Len Crouse (Fr., Hazen, N.D.) fumbled the football and Augsburg's Joe Stanton (Jr., Burnsville) recovered at the Concordia 43-yard line. Augsburg drove 32 yards in 13 plays to set up Hlinka's game-winning field goal. 
        Augsburg wide receiver Scott Hvistendahl (Jr., Cannon Falls/Randolph HS) broke the school's career record for pass receptions with a 12-catch, 113-yard performance, including a four-yard touchdown pass from Derrin Lamker (Sr., Golden Valley/Robbinsdale Armstrong HS) early in the second quarter. Hvistendahl now has 157 receptions in his career, eclipsing the mark of 146 held by current assistant coach Drew Privette. Hvistendahl also had four rushes on end-arounds in the contest for a team-high 45 yards. 
        Lamker completed 30 passes in 49 attempts with two interceptions for 251 yards and one touchdown. Tight end Ted Schultz (Sr., Hudson, Wis.) caught 10 passes for 72 yards. Jim Peterson (Jr., Eyota/Dover-Eyota HS) had 11 rushes for 36 yards. 
        Concordia scored on a 31-yard field goal by Clayton Horgen (So., Fergus Falls) with 8:10 to play in the first quarter, then scored its lone touchdown on a one-yard run by Ethan Pole (Jr., Moorhead). 
        Len Crouse (Fr., Hazen, N.D.) led the Cobbers with 78 yards on 14 carries. Tory Langemo (Sr., Litchfield) caught two passes for 44 yards. Pole completed seven of 20 passes for 78 yards, but was intercepted four times. 
        Augsburg's Jake Kern (So., Faribault) had two interceptions, while Andy Zigan (Jr., Coon Rapids) and Jason Exley (Sr., Buffalo) each had an interception. Bob Schultz (Sr., Hudson, Wis.) led the team with nine 
Cory Polzine (Sr., Worthington) and Ryan Sannes (Sr., Breckenridge) each had 12 tackles to lead Concordia. 

 Auggie Schedule 
Sept 6 Augsburg 24 Valley City St 20  
Sept 13 Augsburg 12 St. Thomas 28  
Sept 20 St. John‚s 10 Augsburg 20  
Sept 27 St. Olaf 0 Augsburg 42  
Oct 4 Augsburg 26 Hamline 7  
Oct 11 Carleton 21 Augsburg 35  
Oct 18 Augsburg 41 Gustavus 35 2 OTs  
game story | game stats | play by play
Oct 25 Concordia @ Augsburg, 1:00  
Nov 1 Augsburg @ Macalester, 1:00  
1997 Metrodome Game Nov  7  
5PM    Bethel-Augsburg  

Concordia will be facing one of the league's top passers when they travel to Augsburg on Oct. 25 to battle for the MIAC lead. Augsburg, 6-1 overall, 5-1 in the MIAC and tied for the lead with Concordia and St. Thomas, features All-MIAC quarterback Derrin Lamker and All-MIAC wide receiver Scott Hvistendahl. Hvistendahl set a conference record for receiving yards in a season last year (65 rec., 1137yds, 8 TDs) and earned honorable mention All-America honors. 

Auggie Football Notes, by Don Stoner, Augsburg SID, 10/23/87 

The Auggies (6-1 overall, 5-1 MIAC) host Concordia-Moorhead (6-1 overall, 5-1 MIAC) on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. in Minneapolis. 
Stadium: Anderson-Nelson Field (cap. 2,000). 
Coaches: Augsburg, Jack Osberg (seventh season, 30-36); Concordia: Jim Christopherson (29th season, 202-83-7). 
Series: Concordia leads 43-8-2. Last year, Concordia won 30-14 at Moorhead. 
Broadcast: Augsburg broadcast on KKMS (AM 980), tape-delayed start at 2 p.m. Concordia broadcast on KVOX (AM 1280), live at 1 p.m. 
This week's matchup: Who would have thought this year's Concordia-Augsburg game would have this much meaning? How about first place in the MIAC, the inside track to an NCAA Division III national playoff berth, and for Augsburg, a shot at the school's first MIAC title since 1928? 

"Our kids have got to keep things in perspective," said Augsburg coach Jack Osberg. "They have to focus on the game they need to play and the things they need to do to win the game. In a game of this much importance, we just have to do the things we've done all along to get to this point." 

That means putting points on the board against one of the best defenses in the nation. The Cobbers are rated 14th in the nation in total defense (227.7 yards per game), allowing an average of 7.9 points per contest, fourth lowest in the nation. Augsburg's offense is rated 25th in the nation (419.0 yards per game) and the passing offense is sixth (310.0 ypg). "It's a case of a good passing game against a good defense," Osberg said. "We have to avoid the critical turnovers and play our game." 

Auggies move into first-place with OT win over Gustavus 
- Sixty minutes weren't enough for the Augsburg Auggies against Gustavus, so they played two extra periods before defeating the Gusties 41-35. The win, coupled with Concordia-Moorhead's loss to St. John's, places the Auggies in a first-place tie in the MIAC with a 6-1 overall record and 5-1 MIAC mark. 

Augsburg is riding a five-game winning streak. 
- MIAC Special Teams Player of the Week Martin Hlinka was instrumental in Augsburg's victory. He kicked a 37-yard field goal with 8:54 left in regulation to pull Augsburg within one point of the Gusties. Then, in the first overtime, he matched a career high with a 47-yard boot. Augsburg's high-scoring offense was effective when it counted late in the game. With 2:14 to play, quarterback Derrin Lamker found receiver Scott Hvistendahl for a 65-yard touchdown to narrow the gap to 32-30. Lamker hit tight end Ted Schultz for the two-point conversion to tie the game. In the second overtime, Lamker hit running back Andrew Anthony on a 13-yard score, and the defense held Gustavus out of the end zone to preserve the  victory. 

"I've never seen anything like this before," said coach Jack Osberg. "It was a classic game of control, changes and rallies on both sides. That's the fun part of the game for the fans. For the coaches, it's nerve-wracking." 

Auggies among NCAA 
Division III leaders 
Augsburg players are listed among national leaders in NCAA Division III football in several categories. 
Quarterback Derrin Lamker is rated sixth in the nation in total offense (302.6 yards per game), while wide receiver Scott Hvistendahl ranks sixth in receptions per game (8.0), 10th in receiving yards per game (123.3) and 23rd in scoring average per game (10.3 points), despite missing receiving duties (but punting) in one game due to a shoulder injury. 
As a team, Augsburg is rated sixth in total passing offense (310.0 yards per game) and is rated 25th in total offense (419.0 yards per game). In the MIAC, Lamker is first in total offense (320.0 yards per game), first in passing yardage (1,921), completions (157), attempts (264) and touchdowns (18), while rating third in pass efficency (143.06 quarterback rating). Hvistendahl is first in the MIAC in scoring (66 points per game), total receptions (50), receiving yards (807), receiving touchdowns (11), while rating fourth in the league in punting (35.67 yards/att.). 

Hvistendahl sets receiving 
record, close to another Augsburg wide receiver Scott Hvistendahl (Jr., Cannon Falls/Randolph HS) is the latest Auggie to set a school career record. With his 10-catch, 172-yard performance against Gustavus, Hvistendahl eclipsed Jeff Kaeppe's school record for career receiving yards. Hvistendahl now has 2,371 career yards, while Kaeppe has 2,273. Hvistendahl, who is averaging 8.0 catches per game and set a school record with a 15-catch performance this year against St. Olaf, is only one catch away from current assistant coach Drew Privette's school record of 146 career pass receptions. Hvistendahl has 145. Auggie senior tight end Ted Schultz (Sr., Hudson, Wis.) is in fourth place 
on the career list with 142 career receptions. Schultz is sixth on the career record list with 1,590 career receiving yards. Hvistendahl has 22 career touchdowns, second to school record-holder Kaeppe's 28. Schultz is fifth on the list with 13 career touchdowns. 


Auggies in NCAA rankings For the first time ever, Augsburg has received votes in the NCAA Division III West Region rankings. Though the Auggies did not crack the top six in this week's vote, they did make the list. Concordia-Moorhead is rated fourth in the region, while St. Thomas is rated sixth. The region rankings determine NCAA playoff berths; Augsburg has never been in the NCAA Division III national playoffs. In other Division III unofficial national polls, Augsburg is rated 23rd in the Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette Top 40 poll, and the Auggies received votes, but failed to crack the top 30 in the USA III Football newsletter poll. 

9/1/97 Augsburg Pre-season Preview 
Augsburg will be looking to get back on the winning track in 1997. After going 6-4 in 1995 and 5-5 in both 1993 and 1994, the Auggies slipped to 3-7 last year. 

The 1996 season was one of near misses for Augsburg, which lost three MIAC games by eight points or less. In each of those games, the Auggies had a chance to tie or win in the final seconds. Augsburg nearly pulled off an upset on the road at St. John's, driving the length of the field in the waning moments before stalling inside the Johnnies' 10-yard line. Against St. Thomas, Augsburg trailed by one touchdown late in the game before a defensive lapse gave the Tommies a crucial first down, allowing them to put the game away. 

The Auggies will be looking to establish a running game (73 ypg in '96) this season to go along with the passing attack (267 ypg) that features All-MIAC quarterback Derrin Lamker and All-MIAC wide receiver Scott Hvistendahl. Hvistendahl set a conference record for receiving yards in a season last year (65 rec., 1137yds, 8 TDs) and earned honorable mention All-America honors. 

Augsburg returns six starters on offense (19.78 ppg/339.67 ypg) and nine on defense (28.89 ppg/372.89 ypg). 

Head coach Jack Osberg, beginning his seventh season at Augsburg, believes the Auggies "have to run the ball" to be successful in 1997. 

9/20/97 Johnnies lose 20-10 at Augsburg 
Story by Michael Hemmesch, SJU SID 
Football  Seven turnovers proved costly for the SJU football team as they lost 20-10 against Augsburg last Saturday in Minneapolis.  The Auggies jumped on the scoreboard in the first quarter with an 1 yard 
touchdown run by Derrin Lamker.  Later in the first quarter, the Johnnies scored their first points of the game on a 22 yard field goal by junior Jeremy Christie, Sauk Rapids, to cut the Auggies lead to 7-3. 

Moving to the third quarter, Augsburg added two more touchdowns to take a 20-3 lead into the final fifteen minutes.  The Johnnies tried to mount a comeback as senior quarterback Phil Kern, Cokato, hooked up with 
junior Adam Herbst, Sartell, for a 14 yard touchdown pass with 8:07 left in the game.  Christie's extra point made the final score 20-10.  The Auggies' victory was their first against the Johnnies since 1980. 
        Senior quarterback Doug Lieser, Cold Spring, and junior halfback Roland Buller, Anoka, led the Johnnies' rushing attack with 20 yards. Kern was 11 for 22 passing for 163 yards and one touchdown.  The Johnnies used four quarterbacks in the game.  Herbst caught four passes 
for 30 yards and one touchdown.  Senior Ryan Monnens, Richmond, caught seven passes for 129 yards. 
        Sophomore Brandon Novak, Becker, led the defensive unit with 13 tackles, including one tackle for a loss.  Senior Chris Govern, Riceville, Iowa, added 12 tackles  for the Johnnies. 
        The Johnnies are now 1-2 on the season, 1-1 in the MIAC.  SJU will host Hamline (1-2 overall, 0-2 MIAC) this Saturday as part of the homecoming festivities at CSB/SJU.  Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Clemens 

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