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CONCORDIA GROUND GAME ROLLS COBBERS PAST KNIGHTS
(Northfield, Minn.)-- Quarterback Ryan Hebrink and tailback Robert Clark rushed for 127 and 113 yards, respectively, keying a Concordia ground game that racked up 375 yards rushing as the Cobbers beat host Carleton College 45-7 at Laird Stadium.
The Cobbers (3-1, 2-1 MIAC) scored on their final five possessions of the first half. Hebrink tallied 120 yards rushing in the first half alone, while Clark posted 113 rushing yards over the first 30 minutes as the Cobbers posted 335 yards of total offense in leading 35-0 at the break.
Carleton (0-3, 0-3 MIAC) forced a three-and-out on Concordia's first drive and got the ball back on downs on the Cobbers' second drive. Facing a fourth-and-three from its own 40-yard line midway through the first quarter, Carleton attempted a fake punt, but Concordia' Travis Almquist sniffed out the play, bringing Carleton's Wade Thompson down two yards shy of the first down.
The Cobbers needed only five plays to score the first touchdown of the game, as Hebrink rushed four times for 35 yards, including the final 12 yards for a score. The Cobber defense forced a three-and-out on Carleton's next drive, and the Cobber offense converted the short field into a Hebrink to Andrew Passanante four-yard scoring toss. Hebrink's 25-yard scamper put the Cobbers on the doorstep.
Concordia's most sustained drive of the day game early in the second, as the Cobbers embarked on a 12-play, 86-yard drive, capped by Jeremy Hinderks three-yard plunge. From there, two Cobbers interceptions led to touchdowns. Josh Dietz stepped in front of a Ben Cooprider pass at the Concordia 35-yard line, and seven plays later Hebrink and Passanante hooked up from 10 yards out. Eric Preszler picked off Cooprider on Carleton's ensuing drive, giving the Cobbers the ball at the Carleton 30 with 1:14 remaining in the half. Clark rushed for 14 yards and a face mask on Carleton left the Cobbers with first-and-goal from the 11. Clark rushed two more times, the final one from seven yards out to give the Cobbers a comfortable 35-0 halftime lead.
The Cobbers tacked on a Brian Halverson 40-yard field goal early in the third quarter and a Travis Christensen one-yard run late in the fourth. Wade Thompson's 17-yard burst for Carleton midway through the fourth accounted for the hosts only score.
The Cobbers outgained Carleton 468-262, converted 7-of-13 third downs and notched three sacks to go with the two interceptions. They held Carleton's Erik Fisher, the sixth-ranked rusher in the nation at more than 170 yards per game, to a meager 26 yards on 16 carries.
Tanner Radermacher led the Cobbers' defense with eight tackles, seven solo. Matt Martinson tallied two sacks and five total tackles. Dan Karlgaard led the Knight's defensive effort with 13 tackles and Matt Bond and Andrew Wild added 11 tackles each.
Concordia will host Hamline on Saturday, October 4 at 1:00pm, while Carleton will play at Augsburg at 1:00pm.
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