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At Manitou Field, Northfield , Sat., Sept. 20, 1997, Concordia at St. Olaf, 1:00 Kickoff. 
9/20/97 Cobbers win 38-0 at St. Olaf  

Concordia rolled to a 38-0 win at St. Olaf today to move to 3-0 on the year, 2-0 in the MIAC. St. Olaf fell to 0-3, 0-2 in the MIAC. (See Box Score

The Cobbers got the scoring going early when Rob Schwartz  recovered an Ole fumble at the 28 on the opening kickoff . Five plays later Dan Steinbeisser scored from 16 yards out. 

Clayton Horgen made up for a missed extra point on the first TD with a 37 yd field goal late in the first quarter to make it 9-0. Mark Aslakson  and  Ethan Pole scored on runs of 1 and 23 yards respectively in the second quarter to make it 24-0 at the half. Pole  ran one in from 37 yards out with 9:11 left in the third quarter to clearly put the game away. 

Freshman Marcus Ludtke scored from 9 yards out to cap the scoring with 3:35 left in the game. 

The Cober defense was again the star of the show, holding the Oles to 58 yards rushing, 11 of 24 passing with two interceptions, and a total of 149 yards on the day. 

Dan Steinbeisser  led a Cobber rushing attack that gained 346 yards, contributing 111 himself on 20 carries. Ludtke  ended up with 90 yards on 12 carries and Pole had 84 on 8 carries. Pole   completed 9 of 18 passes for 92 yards. 

Next week the Cobbers travel to Macalester, a 34-3 loser at Gustavus today. A Cobber win next week will give Jim Christopherson his 200th career coaching win, all at Concordia. 

Earlier 1997 Olaf Game Summaries 
St.Olaf Last Week | St. Olaf vs Luther 

9/13/97 St. John's 21 St. Olaf 7 
by Mike Hemmisch, SJU SID 
This afternoon in Collegeville, the SJU football team inaugurated its renovated football stadium with a 21-7 victory over St. Olaf.  The Johnnies scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter to erase a 7-0 lead by the Oles. 

St. Olaf scored with 2:09 left in the first quarter on an 85 yard interception return by Chris Hallgren.  At the 14:15 mark of the second quarter, freshman Chris Moore returned a punt 57 yards for a Johnnie touchdown.  Moore ended the game with seven punt returns for 161 yards. The 161 yards on punt returns is the second highest total in SJU school history, only three yards behind the school record.  Later in the quarter, quarterback Doug Lieser dove in the end zone from one yard out to give the SJU a 14-7 lead.  The final score of the half -- and the game -- came on a 60 yard touchdown from Lieser to junior Adam Herbst. 

The SJU defense held the Oles to 123 yards of total offense, including only 40 yards passing.  Chris Govern led the Johnnie defensive unit with 18 tackles.  Brad Asplund chipped in 15 tackles, including one sack. SJU's offense managed only 224 yards of total offense.  The SJU ground game was nearly invisible, accounting for 39 net yards on 39 carries. 

SJU is now 1-1 overall, 1-0 in the MIAC.  SJU will take on Augsburg next Saturday in Minneapolis.  Please note that kickoff for next Saturday's game is scheduled for 7 p.m.  St. Olaf is 0-2 overall, 0-1 in the MIAC. 

Sept. 6, 1997 
by Nancy Moe, St. Olaf SID 
Results: St. Olaf 12, Luther 19 Series Record: 28-16-2 
Record:0-1 overall, MIAC opener on Sept. 13 

The St. Olaf football team ended its 46-game series with Luther on a sour note, losing 19-2 in the home opener. The game marked the last time that the two teams will meet because of Luther's expanded schedule in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, beginning in 1998. 

Early fumbles by both teams gave the coaches fits but Luther composed itself with 4:05 left in the first quarter to score on a two-yard touchdown run. That ended a 12-play drive that began on the Luther 22-yard line. Neither team was able to sustain a long drive during the second quarter but four straight completions by St. Olaf quarterback Pete Schultz (sr., South St. Paul) allowed the Oles to score their first touchdown of the season. Schultz connected with Ryan Hollom (so.,  leSueur/LeSueur-Henderson) for 11 yards to tie the score at 6-6. The PAT failed. 

Haakon Nelson's (so., White Bear Lake) 25-yard field goal at 2:53 in the third quarter moved St. Olaf ahead 9-6 for what proved to be the OlesU only lead of the day. The Norse pushed ahead 13-9 with just two seconds left in the third quarter with a nine play-65 yard drive. 

Late in the fourth quarter, a Luther defender tipped SchultzUs pass from midfield and forced an interception. Luther ran it back for a 58-yard touchdown, setting the Oles back 19-9. Ninety seconds later Nelson narrowed the gap with a 37-yard field goal for the 19-12 final. 

Schultz completed 11 of his 35 attempts for one touchdown and 127 yards. He found Ivan Carter (sr., Red Wing) five times for 42 yards and handed off to Paul Minkler (jr., Buffalo) for 21 rushes. Dan Hildebrandt (FY, Medford, OR/St. MaryUs) averaged 41 yards in his 
collegiate punting debut and sent his long punt 62 yards. 

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Listen to the archived 9/20/97 game on Real Audio

Broadcast Info: 
- 1280 AM Radio, Moorhead, Larry Knutson with play by play and Craig Samuelson with color commentary. 
Pregame show begins at 12:40. 

- KDHL 920 am, from Faribault, Mike Morrissey with Play by Play