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2:00 Friday, Nov. 7, Metrodome in Minneapolis
11/8/97 Forum Story on Win over Carleton and
End of Season
11/7/97 Concordia wins 39-10 over Carleton in Metrodome to
finish regular season 8-2, second in MIAC
Concordia traded blows early with Carleton today before jumping out
to a 33-10 lead at the half and then cruising to 39-10 win in their season
finale. The win gave the Cobbers an 8-2 season record and
a tie for second in the MIAC race at 7-2.
Augsburg's 56-22 win over bethel tonight prevented a share of the MIAC
title for the Cobbers.
Concordia's win today left Carleton at 1-8 iun the MIAC, 2-8 overall.
See box score for game details.
Game story by Eric Sieger, Carleton SID
COBBERS GROUND OUT WIN OVER KNIGHTS
Dan Steinbeisser and Len
Crouse keyed a Cobber rushing attack that rolled up 345 yards as Concordia
defeated Carleton 39-10 Friday afternoon in the Metrodome as part of the
MIAC Showcase to end the season.
Concordia (8-2, 7-2 MIAC)
rushed 56 times on the evening, as Steinbeisser had 147 yards on 22 carries
and one touchdown while Crouse carried 20 times for 127 yards and two touchdowns.
Cobber quarterback Ethan Pole also gained 52 yards on the day, finishing
with 32 net yards after taking a negative 20 yards on two sacks. Pole was
also five of nine passing for 133 yards and two touchdowns, both to Mike
Carleton (2-8, 1-8) opened
the scoring on their second drive of the game. Going 81 yards on 13 plays,
the Knights marched all the way down to the Cobber two-yard line. Two running
plays netted minus-one yard, and an incomplete pass forced James Adducci
(Soph./DeKalb, Ill) to come in and boot a 20-yard field goal, giving Carleton
the lead 3-0. The Cobbers answered two plays later, as Pole and Rice hooked
up for a 62-yard scoring play. The ensuing kickoff was taken by Carleton's
Dan Reider (Fy./Blaine, Minn.) at his own 13-yard line. He cut back against
the grain, found a hole and was off to the races for an 87-yard kickoff
return for a touchdown.
Again, the Cobbers responded.
Marching 63 yards on nine plays, all on the ground, Steinbeisser scored
his lone touchdown of the game from three yards. Two drives later the Cobbers
mounted another drive that culminated in Crouse's first score of the day,
this one from one-yard. The Cobbers moved exclusively on the ground.Carleton's
Matt Maas (Sr./Faribault, Minn.) forced a Steinbeisser fumble, but an alert
Chris Howell recovered the ball for Concordia, keeping the drive alive.
The Cobbers next drive produced another touchdown by Crouse from seven
yards, set up by Pole's 50- yard pass to Howell. The Cobbers added their
fifth score of the afternoon as Pole found Rice for a 12-yard scoring strike
with only 36 seconds remaining in the half.
The third quarter was scoreless,
as neither team threatened the other's end zone. At the end of the quarter,
the Knights began a drive that went into the fourth period, going 77 yards
on 15 plays, keyed by two C.G. Shoap (Sr./Blaine, Minn.) completions on
third-and-long. After getting inside the ten-yard line, three passes and
one run netted four yards, and the Knights' hope of a comeback ended as
they turned the ball over on downs. The Cobbers marched to their final
touchdown on the following drive, going 97 yards in nine plays, all on
the ground, capped by Pole's 14-yard scamper. Carleton made one last-ditch
effort, but Shoap's pass in the end zone for Eric Vincent (Jr./Hibbing,
Minn.) was intercepted and Concordia ran out the clock for its eighth win
of the year.
Individually, Carleton was
led by Skye Flanagan's (Sr./Hamilton, Mont.) 89 yards on 27 carries, giving
him 1,066 yards on the year. He is the third player in school history to
rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season. Shoap ended a solid career
by going 12 of 29 for 157 yards and one
interception. Senior Steve Gorka (Northfield, Minn.) caught seven passes
for 79 yards to end his career, and became one of the few players in school
history to start 40 games in a career. Mike Turpin (Jr./Bettendorf, Iowa/Assumption)
added four catches for 47 yards. Seniors Shawn Granner (St. Louis Park,
Minn./Hopkins) and Matt Hodges (Blaine, Minn.) capped off superb senior
seasons by recording 13 tackles each. J.J. Franz (Northfield, Minn.) showed
the future of Carleton football, as the first-year player totaled seven
tackles, two for losses, while adding two sacks. Josh Carter (Jr./St. Louis/Parkway
Central) added eight collections, while Ben Miller (Soph./Ely, Minn.) had
six stops for the Knights.
Football Home Pages are very complete. Check them out for Carleton
11/2 Concordia, 7-2 overall, 6-2 in the MIAC,
takes on a 2-7
Carleton team Friday in the Metrodome at 2:00 that is 1-7 in the MIAC
and has struggled mightily this year. Concordia needs a win and a loss
by Augsburg to Bethel later that day to claim a share of the MIAC title.
The Cobbers also are playing for an outside shot at the NCAA playoffs.
See the Nov. 3 Regional Poll.
11/3 Carleton Football Press Release
by Eric Sieger, Carleton SID
Jim Christopherson is 203-84-7 in his 29th season at Concordia-Moorhead
Carleton's Bob Sullivan is 97-88 in his 19th season.
Concordia last week
The Cobbers rebounded after two tough losses to pound a hot Hamline
team 45-19. Running back Dan Steinbeisser returned from a knee injury that
kept him out the past two weeks to rush 17 times for 65 yards and two touchdowns,
while quarterback Ethan Pole was 14 of 18 for 224 yards and two scores.
The Cobbers gained an amazing 7.4 yards per play. The win kept the Cobbers
MIAC title hopes alive, as well as their faint NCAA playoff hopes. They
need a win over Carleton and then a Bethel win over Augsburg to share the
MIAC title three ways.
Concordia vs. Carleton
The Cobbers lead the series between
the two schools 10-5-0. The two head coaches, Christopherson and Sullivan,
have been around for the last 14 of those match-ups, with Christopherson
winning ten of them and Sullivan taking four contests. The Cobbers currently
own a four-game winning streak over Carleton, including last year's 36-26
win. The last time the Knights beat Concordia was in 1992 when they beat
the Cobbers 26-24 at Laird Stadium. Carleton would go on to win the MIAC
title that year.
POOR SECOND HALF SEND KNIGHTS TO SEVENTH STRAIGHT DEFEAT 44-6
at HANDS OF GUSTAVUS
Trailing only 3-0 with
only 21 seconds remaining in the half, the demons that have tormented Carleton
all season long reared their ugly head once more and turned the momentum.
Attempting to simply
run out the clock, Carleton fumbled the ball and when Gustavus's Drew Quitschau
recovered it at the Carleton 44-yard line, there was a feeling of 'here
we go again'. Following the script perfectly, Gustavus's Bob Southworth
connected on two passes, the second a 30-yard touchdown to wide receiver
Chris Swansson, and with only one second remaining in the half, Carleton
saw a seemingly close game shift - and not in their favor. "It should have
been 7-3 at half time," said head coach Bob Sullivan. The Knights blew
a golden scoring opportunity early in the first half when a halfback option
pass from Skye Flanagan (Sr./Hamilton, Mont.) to a wide open Steve Gorka
(Sr./Northfield, Minn.) was dropped. Gorka had no one between him and the
end zone, but uncharacteristically muffed the catch.
The momentum stayed squarely
on the home team's side in the second half. After Carleton took the opening
kickoff and drove to midfield, another fumble recovery by Quitschau put
Gustavus back in business in Carleton territory. Six plays later, Southworth
rushed for the first of his two rushing scores, and Carleton was in a 17-0
The Knights were able
to respond on the following drive, as C.G. Shoap (Sr./Blaine, Minn.) hit
Steve Gorka (Sr./Northfield, Minn.) for a
39-yard pickup. After two incompletions and a two-yard run by Shoap,
the Knights face a fourth down and eight yards to go. They converted, as
Shoap hooked up with Gorka for 11 yards down to the Gustavus 11-yard line.
After Skye Flanagan (Sr./Hamilton, Mont.) picked up nine yards on two carries.
Dan Reider (Fy./Blaine, Minn.) bullied in from two yards out, cutting the
deficit to 17-6 after the PAT was blocked by Gustavus. But that would be
the extent of Carleton's scoring the rest of the rainy afternoon. The next
five drives would produce 27 points for Gustavus, keyed by three Carleton
The game started out
on a positive note for the Knights. With the wind blowing strongly from
the north end zone, the early part of the game was a battle of field position,
with Carleton firmly in control. A Flanagan 55-yard punt backed the Gusties
up to their own seven-yard line, and after gaining a first down, they were
forced to punt the ball back to Carleton. The Knights were also able to
withstand two missed field goal attempts by Ryan Boutwell of Gustavus,
who leads the nation in field goals made. His first attempt from 41 yards
into a strong wind was well short, and an attempt early in the second quarter
from 24 yards hit the right upright, keeping the game scoreless at that
point. "They forced out of our game plan," said Sullivan. "The second
half was the worst half of the year - we
lost our poise in the third quarter."
The Knights offense was
ineffective all day, managing to get into Gustavus territory only twice
outside of their touchdown drive. Carleton was plagued by injuries to their
starting running backs, as Flanagan and Jeff Gunia (Sr./Blaine, Minn.)
saw limited action. Gunia played only one
down, while Flanagan was in and out of the ball game all afternoon
with injuries. He carried the ball only 15 times for 64 yards. Gorka played
well, catching six passes for 91 yards. The only other bright spot was
Shoap passing Ted Kluender in the Carleton record book for most passing
yards in a career. Shoap's 124 yards gave him 5,113 yards for his career,
and also made him the 25th quarterback in Minnesota collegiate history
to surpass the 5,000-yard barrier. Josh Carter (Jr./St. Louis/Parkway Central)
led the Carleton defense with 19 tackles, a season and team high.
COBBERS, CARPET AWAIT CARLETON
Carleton ends its 1997
season by facing the Concordia Cobbers in
the Metrodome this Friday. The Cobbers enter the game at 6-2 in
the MIAC, 7-2 overall. Concordia is coming off a 45-19 blowout of Hamline
the biggest and strongest team in the league," Sullivan pointed out.
"They're loaded with big, tall people."
In Saturday's win, quarterback
Ethan Pole had his best game passing the football in his career. Pole went
14 of 18 for 224 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Senior
running back Dan Steinbeisser returned from a knee injury that kept him
out the past two weeks to rush 17 times for 65 yards and two touchdowns
while catching three passes for 37 yards.
The Cobbers have had
an up-and-down season. Following a big win over the University of St. Thomas,
it appeared that they were the team to beat for the conference title. St.
John's and Augsburg took that to heart, hanging consecutive defeats on
the Cobbers and ending their hopes of winning the conference crown outright
and advancing to the NCAA playoffs.
The Cobbers rely on a
ball-control offense and stingy defense. The Cobbers have allowed only
9.6 points per game, and have out-rushed their opposition by an average
of 108 yards pre game. Their leading rusher is Steinbeisser, who has run
for 690 yards and six touchdowns in only seven games. First-year player
Len Crouse filled in nicely when Steinbeisser was injured, and has 378
yards and three touchdowns this season. Pole is an efficient quarterback,
throwing for 1,286 yards and completing 54 percent of his passes. He is
also a dangerous running threat, carrying 83 times for 181 yards and four
touchdowns. His favorite targets are Mike Rice and Tory Langemo. Rice has
24 receptions for 451 yards and two touchdowns, while Langemo has caught
23 balls for 361 yards and three touchdowns.
Senior linebacker Ryan Sannes spearheads the defense with 86 tackles,
four sacks and six pass break-ups. Senior defensive end Jeff Groner anchors
the defensive line, collecting 49 tackles and seven sacks. Senior strong
safety Eric Kragel patrols the secondary, gathering three interceptions
and 20 tackles. Junior defensive end Lance Larson leads the team with eight
"We match up well with
them, for whatever reason," Sullivan said. "But we have to play better,
especially on offense." He went on to say that
the Cobbers are not a complex team, but line up with a very simple
game plan. "They don't surprise you. They say we're going to do this, and
try to stop us. They're a class program - well-coached, solid and no mistakes."
The Knights will probably have to play without the services of Gunia,
who has neck and wrist injuries, and Matt Mass (Sr./Faribault, Minn.) who
suffered a partially dislocated shoulder. Gorka and Flanagan, who suffered
concussions against Gustavus, are expected to start.
Carleton's preseason Preview
It's safe to say that the Carleton Knights, along with spending a lot
of time in the weight room, used the off-season to search for a rabbit's
foot or a lucky horseshoe. The Knights suffered two painful one-point losses
early on in the '96 season which set the tone for the rest of the year.
According to head coach Bob Sullivan, in his 18th year, the 1996 Knights
had "zero luck". Carleton's missed extra-point conversion in the final
seconds in a 28-27 loss to Bethel and an unsuccessful two-point conversion
attempt in a 55-54 loss to St. Thomas were the prime examples of a disappointing
With the return of its core offensive skill players and a solid nucleus
on defense, Carleton figures to be in the hunt for the conference crown
in 1997. The offense will rely on the arm of C.G. Shoap, legs of Skye Flanagan
and hands of Steve Gorka. Tim Moran and Chuck Van Nostrand provide strength
up front on offense. The defensive line should also be strong with all
four defensive linemen back. The Knights need to replace their entire starting
linebacker corps from 1996, though. A critical three week stretch in the
schedule, beginning with Bethel on Sept. 20th, then at St. Thomas and finally
home against St. John's is crucial for Carleton's championship hopes.
Carleton returns seven starters on offense (28.0 ppg/441.0 ypg) and
six on defense (29.11 ppg/381.67 ypg).
Coach Sullivan believes that if a team can "beat St. John's and Concordia",
they'll win the title and if they split, that team will be in the hunt.
| 1997 |
| 1996 | 1995
| 1994 | 1993
| 1992 | 1991 |
| 1990 |
Metrodome press box No. 612-677-1636
- 1280 AM Radio, Larry Knutson with play by play and Craig Samuelson
with color commentary.
Pregame show begins at 1:40.
- The game will also be broadcast live in Southern Minnesota
by by KYMN Radio
1080 AM, beginning at approximately 1:45 p.m.