Quarterback Mike Dunham scores one of the two Cobber touchdowns in Concordia's 31-17 loss at #15 UST .
Cobbers Fall at No.15 St. Thomas!





(2-2/0-2 MIAC)





(4-0/3-0 MIAC)

Game 5:

Oct. 10, 2009

1 p.m.

O'Shaughnessy Stadium

St. Paul, MN.




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Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: October 10, 2009

Concordia vs. St. Thomas Box Score - Now Online!


1st - 13:34 - CC - Andrew Larson 1 yd run (C.Hauser kick)
1st - 8:34 - UST - Ben Wartman 1 yd run (Beeson kick)
1st - 3:00 - CC - Carl Hauser 27 yd field goal
2nd - 14:06 - UST - Colin Tobin 12 yd run (Beeson kick)
3rd - 11:30 - UST - Colin Tobin 45 yd run (Beeson kick)
3rd - 1:10 - UST - Beeson 31 yd field goal
3rd - :22 - UST - Kyle Mulrooney 53 yd int rtn (Beeson kick)
4th - 4:46 - CC - Michael Dunham 13 yd run (Hauser kick)


Key Plays of the Game: It was the sequence right at the end of the third quarter that ultimately swung the game in favor of St. Thomas. Trailing 21-10 with 3:02 left in the period, the Cobbers had a punt blocked. The Tommies got a field goal on the subsequent series. On the final possession of the quarter, UST picked off a pass in their own half and returned the pick 53 yards for the back breaking score.

The Leaders: The Tommies had a running/receiving tandem that did most of the damage for the day. Running back Ben Wartman carried the ball 24 times for 105 yards and one touchdown and receiver Fritz Waldvogel had 12 catches for 141 yards.


ST. PAUL, Minn. (10/10/09)-- It doesn't bode well for any team when the most exciting play of the game happens on the very first play. That's what happened for Concordia against No.15-ranked St. Thomas when they returned the opening kickoff 82 yards and then scored three plays later. Unfortunately that would be the majority of the scoring for the Cobbers as they fell 31-17 in St. Paul.

The loss is the third straight for the Cobbers and keeps them still searching for their first conference victory of the season. CC is now 2-3 overall and 0-3 in league play. The Tommies remain unbeaten on the year and move to 5-0 in all games and 4-0 in the MIAC.

Jake Uphus started the game on a huge high for the Cobbers as he took the opening kickoff and raced through a huge hole and was finally brought down on the UST 3-yard line after running out of gas. Andrew Larson would punch it in from one yard out three plays later to give Concordia an early 7-0.

St. Thomas came up with one of the biggest drives of the game when they took their first possession and went 74 yards in 11 plays and capped it off with a 1-yard TD run of their own from Ben Wartman.

The Cobbers put up points in their second possession, going 62 yards in 12 plays. Carl Hauser's 27-yard field goal with 3:00 to play in the opening period gave CC a 10-7 lead. However, that would almost be the extent of Concordia's scoring for the day as the UST defense held the Cobbers off the board until the final five minutes of the fourth quarter.

In between the two CC scores, St. Thomas ran off 24 straight points and put the game out of reach with a 10-point scoring sequence in the final 1:10 of the third quarter. The Tommies took a 14-10 lead at the break on the first of Colin Tobin's TD runs. Tobin would score on the first possession of the third quarter to give UST a 21-10 lead.

The score would stay that way until the pivotal plays of the game at the end of the period. Forcing the Cobbers to punt at the St. Thomas 41-yard line, David Williamson's punt was blocked by the UST end who stuck out his hand to deflect the ball. The Tommies then took the ball and went 22 yards in five plays and capped it with a 31-yard field goal. Concordia returned the kick to their own 41-yard line but then on the third play of the drive, St. Thomas picked off a pass and returned it 53 yards for the "nail-in-the-coffin" score with just :22 left to go in the quarter.

Concordia was able to get their final TD on a Michael Dunham 13-yard run with 4:46 to play in the fourth quarter.

For the game, St. Thomas had 388 yards of total offense as opposed to 219 for the Cobbers. Both teams were bit by the turnover bug. Concordia threw three interceptions and had one fumble while the CC defense picked off three passes.

The two other telling stats in the game came from time of possession and third down conversion. The Tommies had the ball for 32:12 while Concordia had it for 27:48. On third downs, UST had a 35.7% success rate (5-for-14) as opposed to only 18.7% (3-for-16) for the Cobbers.

Individually the Cobbers were led by Larson who ran for a team-high 31 yards on 16 carries. He was also 11-for-23 for 94 yards in the air. Chris Gilson had five catches for 55 yards.

On defense Zach Debeltz had a game-high six solo tackles and also picked off two passes. Debeltz now has a league-leading five picks for the season. Levi Pole had six total tackles on the day. Nick Baumann had a game-high 3.5 tackles for a loss and recorded the team's only sack of the game.

Concordia will return home to host Augsburg in the annual Homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 1 p.m.