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11/3/01 Concordia -14 vs. St. John's - 28 Final (Fargo Dome)

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The News
2001 Concordia Football vs. St. John's
Saturday, November 3, 7:30
St. John's - 28
Concordia - 14
                                 (Final)

The Recap:
Concordia drew first blood, but St. John's countered with 28 straight points and won a pivotal MIAC game 28-14. The Cobbers (3-5, 4-5) were unable to shut down the high powered Johnnie (7-1, 7-2) passing attack, allowing 392 yards and four touchdowns through the air.

Robert Clark led the Cobber rushing attack as he gained 85 yards on 11 carries. Ryan Hebrink ran for 51 yards and threw for 160. Jeff Hertel hauled in six catches for 77 yards. Johnnie quarterback Ryan Keating threw for 392 yards, completing 20 of the 41 passes he attempted. Blake Elliot had seven receptions for 139 yards and two touchdowns. St. John's punter Charlie Carr averaged an impressive 48.2 yards for his five punts. 

The Cobbers will finish off their season next Friday when they take on Augsburg at 1:00pm in the Metrodome, while St. John's will host Carleton on Saturday at 1:00pm in their last regular season game. 

The Teams
Athletics CC | Opp |
FB CC | Opp |
School Facts CC | Opp |
Team Facts CC | Opp |
Rosters CC | Opp |
Depth Chart CC | Opp |
Series CC 26-33-7 |
Last Year SJU 35-14 |
'01 Schedule CC | Opp |
'00 Rec CC 4-5, 4-6 |
'00 Rec SJU 8-1, 13-2 |
Coaches CC | Opp |
'00 Stats CC | Opp |
'01 Stats CC | Opp |
'01 Starters CC | Opp |
History CC | Opp |
| MIAC Race '01 | '00 |
Box Scores |
| 2000 | 1999 | 1998 |
| 1997 | 1996 | 1995 |
| 1994 | 1993 |
| 1992 | 1991 |
The Setting
Nov. 3, 2001, 7:30
in the FargoDome
Broadcast Info:
- KRCQ FM 102.3 
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Cord SID Jim Cella
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SJU SID Michael Hemmesch
320-363-2595


Game Story
Brian Westby (#2, Jr., Spicer, Minn.) laterals the ball to a teammate during a fake punt, just before getting taken down by a St. John's defender.

Concordia is Passed Over by St. John's 28-14.
Concordia drew first blood, but St. John's countered with 28 straight points and won a pivotal MIAC game 28-14. The Cobbers (3-5, 4-5) were unable to shut down the high powered Johnnie (7-1, 7-2) passing attack, allowing 392 yards and four touchdowns through the air.

Concordia opened the scoring in the first quarter when Robert Clark (So., Seeley Lake, Mont.) turned a harmless run into a 35 yard scoring scamper. The Johnnies finally got on the board with 1:08 to go in the period when Keating threw for his first TD, on a 38 yard strike to Drew Gibson.

After the missed extra point St. John's proceeded to rattle off 22 straight points before Concordia brought the game to within 14 with six minutes to go in the final quarter. Cobber quarterback Ryan Hebrink (So, Sacred Heart, Minn.) scrambled in from six yards out for the TD that kept Concordia's hopes for an upset alive.

After a Cobber defensive stop, the offense drove the ball to the Johnnie 10 yard line but turned the ball over on downs when Hebrink's fourth down pass to Jeff Hertel (Sr., Fargo, N.Dak.) fell just yards short. Keating then knelt down to kill the final 31 seconds of the game to bring St. John's to within one game of clinching a share of the title and the automatic NCAA playoff bid.

Clark led the Cobber rushing attack as he gained 85 yards on 11 carries. Hebrink ran for 51 yards and threw for 160. Hertel hauled in six catches for 77 yards.

The Cobbers will finish off their season next Friday when they take on Augsburg at 1:00pm in the Metrodome, while St. John's will host Carleton on Saturday at 1:00pm in their last regular season game.
 


NCAA Official Scoring Summary

  1st 06:48 CC  - Robert Clark 35 yd run (Scott Brier kick),
                  5 plays, 62 yards, TOP 2:08, SJU 0 - CC 7
      01:08 SJU - Drew Gibson 38 yd pass from Ryan Keating (Brandon Keller kick failed),
                  4 plays, 96 yards, TOP 1:24, SJU 6 - CC 7
  2nd 10:17 SJU - Blake Elliott 17 yd pass from Ryan Keating (Ryan Keating pass failed),
                  8 plays, 86 yards, TOP 2:44, SJU 12 - CC 7
  3rd 09:22 SJU - Brandon Keller 22 yd field goal, 12 plays, 65 yards, TOP 5:38, SJU 15 - CC 7
      01:07 SJU - Blake Elliott 46 yd pass from Ryan Keating (Brandon Keller kick),
                  4 plays, 62 yards, TOP 1:57, SJU 22 - CC 7
  4th 11:20 SJU - Drew Gibson 26 yd pass from Ryan Keating (Brandon Keller kick blockd),
                  7 plays, 52 yards, TOP 2:45, SJU 28 - CC 7
      06:00 CC  - Ryan Hebrink 6 yd run (Scott Brier kick),
                  11 plays, 70 yards, TOP 5:20, SJU 28 - CC 14


Game Preview Notes

The Headline:
Cobbers Hope to Derail Johnnies Comeback Train!

The Inside Scoop :
Concordia is trying to derail St. John's comeback train before the final destination of their eighth MIAC title in the past eleven years.  The Johnnies started the 2001 season by getting knocked down twice. They lost their season opener 25-10 to UW-Eau Claire and then their MIAC opener 31-28 to St. Olaf. Since then they have won six straight and need two more wins to gain at least a share of the MIAC title and also the automatic berth into the NCAA playoffs. That is because they hold the tiebreaker over both Bethel and St. Thomas. St. John's blanked Bethel last week 34-0 and they downed St. Thomas 27-21 earlier in the season. The Cobbers are looking to finish with a winning record in the MIAC and hopefully a top half finish. Concordia has equaled last year's win total of four. That was done with a strong defensive showing against Carleton last week. The Cobbers shut out the Knights 35-0, garnering their first shutout since October 30th of 1999 when they blanked Macalester 40-0. Tonight's game will be a battle of philosophies. The Cobbers lead the league in rushing yards per game (255.4 ypg) while the Johnnies are second in passing offense (259.3 ypg). Concordia runs the ball an average of 51 times per game while St. John's is averaging 31 throws per contest. St. John's boasts the league's most efficient QB in Ryan Keating. Keating has a completion rate of 62%. Concordia has two of the top six runners in the conference. Ryan Hebrink is fifth in the MIAC with 527 yards on the ground, while Joel Ferrie is sixth with 483 total rushing yards.

History Lesson: St. Johnís Leads the Series 33-26-7.
Last season St. Johnís scored 28 second quarter points to bolt to a 28-0 halftime lead, on their way to a 35-14 victory over the Cobbers. The Cobbersí last victory over the Johnnies was  in 1990 when they won a 30-28 decision in the Metrodome. The two teams battled to a tie twice in the 90s, but St. Johnís has won the last five meetings.
 
 

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