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at Jake Christiansen Stadium , Sat., Oct. 18, 1997, Concordia vs St. John's, 1:00 Kickoff. 
See 1997 Box Score | Play by Play

10/19 Forum Coverage of Loss to Johnnies  

10/18 Concordia lost 20-12 to St. John's here today for first loss of the year.  by Jerry Pyle, SID 
St. John's came back from a 12-7 deficit at the end of the third quarter to post a 20-12 win at Concordia today. The Cobbers fell to 6-1 on the year, 5-1 in the MIAC. St. John's moved to 4-3 overall, 4-2 in the MIAC. Concordia is now tied with Augsburg and St. Thomas for the MIAC lead at 5-1. The Cobbers travel to Augsburg on Oct. 25. 

Concordia opened the scoring with Chris Horgan field goals of 40 yards in the first quarter and 20 yards in the second quarter. St. John's took a 7-6 lead with just 58 seconds left in the half on a Roland Buller 5 yard TD.  But Ethan Pole hooked up with Mike Rice 22 seconds later on a 54 yard TD pass to give the Cobbers a 12-7 lead. 

That lead would hold up until Johnnie Ben Sieben caught a 74 yard TD pass from Phil Kern with 6:01 left in the game. A two point conversion attempt failed. 

On the next Johnnie possesion the Johnnies scored on another big play, this time a 38 yard run by Paul Trobec. 

See Box Score | Play by Play
10/16 A fresh look, (Cobber Football Starts Two Freshmen Backs) by Eric Peterson, The Forum 

10/16 Game Notes  
Saturday's‚s game marks the 63rd  meeting between the Johnnies and the Cobbers  in a series dates to 1923.  St. John‚s holds a 29-26-7 series advantage. Since the Cobbers won 30-28 in 1990 the Johnnies have won four times and tied Concordia twice. One or both of these teams have finished on top of the MIAC in 22 of the past 28 years. 

Last Year‚s Game: 
Under nearly opposite circumstances from this year, Concordia went into Collegeville with two MIAC losses, virtually out of the MIAC race,  to face an unbeaten St. John‚s team.  And the Cobbers nearly pulled off the upset, losing 39-34.  Concordia‚s Ethan Pole completed 26 of 40 passes for 334 yards and 3 TDs.  Tory Langemo caught 7 of those passes for 117 yards. 

1996  Seasons: 
Last year St. John‚s went on to win the MIAC, and ended the year 11-1, losing in the second round of the NCAA playoffs. Concordia finished 6-4-0 overall and fourth in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a 6-3-0 league record. 

The Coaches: 
St. John‚s coach John Gagliardi is in his 49th year of coaching, 45th at St. John‚s, and has a record of 339-103-11. He is second on the all-time win list in college coaching. 
Jim Chistopherson is in his 29th season with a 202-82-7 career record. Christopherson has the third most wins of any active coach in NCAA Division III.   (Christopherson  now has 18 more wins than Gagliardi had through his first 29 seasons as a head coach.) 

Good Defenses 
- Concordia enters the game as No. 3 in the nation in points allowed at 5.8 points per game. 

- Concordia leads the MIAC in Total defense (216 ypg), Scoring Defense (5.6 ppg), Rushing defense (74 ypg) and is second in passing defense at 144 ypg. 

- St. John‚s is 3rd in the MIAC in total defense at 263 ypg, second in scoring defense (11.4 ppg), and second in rushing defense behind the Cobbers. 

New Cobber Starters 
Marcus Lutdke  will start at halfback, replacing Dan  Steinbeisser who is out  with a knee injury. Also, Ryan Albrecht  will start at right defensive end, Jon Jasken will nove to left defensive end  and Lance Larson will move to left tackle. This move was prompted by a hip injury to starting left tackle James Poock. 

Johnnie Turnovers 
St. John‚s remains one of the most talented and explosive teams in the league. But, to date, they have been plagued by turnovers. St. John‚s has thrown 14 interceptions and lost 10 fumbles.  The Cobbers have thrown 3 interceptions and lost 5 fumbles. 

Cobber Stat Leaders 
Steinbeisser 138 626 4.5  4 27 
Len Crouse    55 222 4.0  3 14 
Marcus Ludke  37 214 5.8  1 37 
Ethan Pole    62 160 2.6  3 38 

Pole    107  58 54  3 783  5 
Wanless  10   2 20  0  18  0 

Tory Langemo  18 298  3 53 16.6 
Mike Rice     13 199  0 29 15.3 
Chris Howell  10 147  1 48 14.7 

Defensive UT AT TOT SK INT FR 
Sannes    25 33  58  4   1  0 
Gronner   17 21  38  6   1  1 
Polzine    9 25  34  0   0  0    
Stenehjem 14 13  27  0   0  0 
Ziebarth  16  8  24  0   0  2 
Jasken    11 12  23  3   0  2 
Poock      6 15  21  1   0  0 
Bertram   11 10  21  0   0  0  
Gilbert   12  8  20  0   1  1  
Zirbes     9  8  17  0   0  0 
Larson     9  5  14  6   1  0  
Albrecht   7  6  13  3   0  0  
Kragel     6  5  11  0   3  0 

St. John‚s Stats Leaders 
RUSHING      Att Net Avg TD Lng YPG 
Paul Trobec   42 125 3.0  1 16  20.8 
Chris Moore   16 118 7.4  0 21  23.6 
Roland Buller 29  99 3.4  1 22  16.5 
Kip Knippel   36  77 2.1  1 22  12.8 

Passing A-C-Int % Yds  TD Lg YPG 
Kern  152-84-8 55 1030 10 39 171.7 
Lieser 57-24-5 42  273  1 60  54.6 

Adam Herbst  41 509 12.4 8 60 84.8 
Ryan Monnens 24 356 14.8 1 39 59.3 
R. Buller    19 160  8.4 1 36 26.7 

PUNT RETURNS   No.  Yds   Avg TD Long 
Chris Moore    17  310  18.2  1   57 
INTERCEPTIONS  No.  Yds   Avg TD Long 
Dugan Flinn     3   10   3.3  0   10 
Matt Emmerich   3   67  22.3  1   40 
DEFENSE            UT AT Tot TFL/YDS  
44 Chris Govern    23 50 73  6-13  
25 Brandon Novak   30 37 67 12-20  
53 Brad Asplund    15 38 53  6-25    
94 Matt Griffith   15 31 46 13-34  
43 Darwin Dumoncea 16 28 44  7-18  
2  Dugan Flinn     14 24 38  3-7    
98 Bill Petrangelo 14 23 37  4-16  
6  Ryan Deibele    11 19 30  1-0   
42 Eric Serbus     13 17 30  1-7  

10/13 Cobbers tied for 2nd in West Region Poll  

Read About the SJU Season to date below: 
10/4/97 SJU 55 Carleton 6  

Johnnie Sports Update for Saturday, Oct. 11 (Football) 
 This afternoon at Clemens Stadium in Collegeville, Gustavus Adolphus took advantage of six Johnnie turnovers for a 24-16 victory.  Gustavus jumped out to an early lead when Jeff Seamans scored on a four yard TD run.  Later in the second quarter, Ryan Timm intercepted a Phil Kern pass and returned it 16 yards for a TD and a 14-0 Gustie lead.  To close the first half, Ryan Boutwell kicked a 25 yard field goal to increase the lead to 17-0. 

In the third quarter, quarterback Bob Southworth scampered in from six yards out to increase the Gusties lead to 24-0.  With 1:10 left in the fourth quarter, SJU scored on an eight yard TD pass from senior quarterback Phil Kern, Cokato, to junior wide receiver Adam Herbst, Sartell.  Junior running back Roland Buller, Anoka, caught the conversion pass from Kern to make the score 24-8.  The Johnnies recovered the on-side kick and scored six plays later on a two yard TD pass from Kern to Herbst.  Freshman wide receiver Jeremy Forsell, St. Joseph, caught the conversion pass from Kern to cut the Gusties lead to 24-16.  The Johnnies could not recover another on-side kick and Gustavus ran out the clock. 

Gustavus rushed for 118 yards compared to 32 yards for the Johnnies. SJU passed the ball 49 times, completing 26 for 234 yards and two TDs. SJU used Phil Kern and senior quarterback Doug Lieser, Cold Spring, during the game.  Bob Southworth from Gustavus was 14 for 23 passing for 172 yards.  There was a total of 12 turnovers in the game, six by each team.  One bright spot for SJU was that sophomore punter Phil Barry, Crete, Neb., set a new school record with a 76 yard punt.  The old record was held by Wade Labatte, who had a punt of 63 yards in the 1991 NCAA Div. III semifinals against Dayton, Ohio. 

SJU falls to 3-3 overall, 3-2 in the MIAC.  SJU will travel to Concordia on Saturday, Oct. 18, for a 1 p.m. kickoff.  The pre-game show on KKJM-FM (92.9) begins at 12:55 p.m. with J.G. Preston and Jeff Bretherton.  Gustavus is now 4-2 overall, 3-2 in the MIAC.  Both teams are tied for fourth place in the MIAC. 

Michael Hemmesch 
News Service/Sports Information Director 
Saint John's University, Luke Hall 110, Collegeville, MN 56321-7222 

Johnnie Sports Update for Oct. 6, 1997 

Football  Saturday in Northfield, the SJU football team won its first  road game of the year, defeating Carleton 55-6.  The Johnnie defense returned two interceptions for touchdowns and also recovered a blocked punt for another touchdown. 
        The Johnnies opened the scoring on a 22 yard touchdown run by junior Roland Buller, Anoka.  Senior All-American Brett Mushatt, St. Cloud, recovered a blocked punt in the end zone to make the score 14-0. Later in the quarter, senior Matt Emmerich, Foley, intercepted a pass and returned it 40 yards for the touchdown. 
        After a Carleton 80 yard touchdown pass, junior Paul Trobec, Sartell, scored on a one yard touchdown run with 4:23 to go in the half. The Johnnies went into intermission with a 35-6 lead after sophomore Brandon Novak, Becker, returned a C.G. Shoap intercepted pass 28 yards for the touchdown. 
        In the second half, junior Adam Herbst, Sartell, caught two touchdown passes from senior quarterback Phil Kern, Cokato, to add to the Johnnies lead.  Junior Kip Knippel, St. Paul, also had a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter to make the final score 55-6. 
        SJU had its best offensive showing of the year, gaining 425 yards of total offense compared to 260 for the Knights.  The Johnnie defense played well again as they held Carleton to only 34 yards rushing and forced five turnovers. 
        Individually, Kip Knippel led the rushing attack with 5 carries for 35 yards.  Seven different rushers carried the ball for the Johnnies.  Phil Kern was 19 of 32 passing for 304 yards, two touchdowns passing, and three interceptions.  Adam Herbst caught ten passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns.  With the ten receptions on Saturday, Herbst moved into a sixth place tie with Dan Grant (1985-88) on the individual career reception list.  Herbst, in his three-year career has now caught 113 passes for 1,772 yards and 24 touchdown receptions.  The 24 career touchdown receptions also ties Herbst with Todd Fultz (1988-90) for fourth place on the individual career touchdown reception list. 
        On defense, SJU was led by sophomore Eric Serbus, Bird Island, who had 12 tackles.  Brett Mushatt, Brandon Novak, and sophomore Matt Mohrenweiser, Eden Prairie, had interceptions. 
        SJU is now 3-2 overall, 3-1 in the MIAC.  The Johnnies are tied with Augsburg for third place behind Concordia and St. Thomas.  Carleton is now 2-3 overall, 1-3 in the MIAC.  SJU will host Gustavus Adolphus this Saturday for a 1 p.m. kickoff at Clemens Stadium.  The pre-game show begins at 12:55 p.m. on KKJM-FM (92.9) or on the SJU sports home page through RealAudio. 

9/20/97 Johnnies lose 20-10 at Augsburg 
Story by Michael Hemmesch, SJU SID 
 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 

9/6/97 Johnnies lose 25-21 at Bemidji State 
Story by Michael Hemmesch, SJU SID 

Tonight at Chet Anderson Stadium on the campus of Bemidji State, the Johnnie football team opened its 1997 season with a 25-21 loss to the Beavers.  Bemidji State led 12-0 until the Johnnies scored late in the econd quarter.  SJU scored 21 straight points to take a 21-12 lead. 
BSU scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter with 2:00 minutes remaining to cut the Johnnies lead to 21-19.  The Beavers scored the game-winning touchdown on the last play of the game. 
Quarterback Phil Kern threw touchdown passes to three different receivers: Adam Herbst, Steve Lynch and Roland Buller.  The Johnnies lost their season opener for the first time since 1983. 
SJU will host St. Olaf next Saturday in Collegeville for the home opener and the inauguration of SJU's renovated football stadium.  Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Clemens Stadium. 

St. John's Preseason Preview: 
Head coach John Gagliardi, entering his 45th season at the helm, leads the Johnnies in their pursuit of a fifth straight MIAC championship. Last season ended in disappointment for St. John's with their 37-30 loss at the hands of UW-LaCrosse. More painful for the Johnnies was the fact that they held a 30-8 lead in the third quarter. With that loss still in the back of their minds, St. John's looks with great optomism towards 1997. 

The biggest question facing St. John's is who will replace MIAC MVP quarterback Kurt Ramler. The two leading candidates heading into pre-season workouts appear to be seniors Phil Kern (11/19, 156 yds, 3 TDs) and Doug Lieser (11/16, 125 yds, 1 TD). Whoever ends up with the job will have some weapons to work with. All-MIAC receiver Adam Herbst (51 rec., 866 yds, 15 TDs) and running backs Kip Knippel and Paul Trobec all return to help boost last year's top-rated offense in the MIAC. On defense, St. John's strength lies in its backfield with defensive backs Brett Mushatt and Matt Emmerich. Mushatt, a second team All-American last year and a pre-season All-American, tallied nine interceptions last year. Emmerich along with his defensive duties ranked third in the nation last season in kickoff return average. 

St. John's returns five starters on offense (39.33 ppg/452.44 ypg) and four on defense (13.89 ppg/300.67 ypg). 

At the 1997 pre-season football press conference, senior Brett Mushatt had this to say when it was his turn at the podium: "Having the other coaches say that we are the team to beat, makes us work even harder to stay on top."

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| 1994 | 1993 
| 1992 | 1991 
| 1990 | 1989  

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