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Sunday Press Recap
A look at what the newspapers are saying about the Cobbers: Fargo Forum
By Eric Peterson,The Forum
Published Sunday, October 24, 2004
Jordan Talge saw 24 yards of soggy field between him and the end zone Saturday at Jake Christiansen Stadium.
One thought flashed into the Concordia senior defensive back's mind.
"When I saw all that green space, it was like, 'Please don't fall down,'" Talge said.
Talge kept his feet.
His interception return with 3:43 left in the ballgame helped the Cobbers discard Bethel 34-23 in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football.
"To get a play like that, it's 90 percent luck and 10 percent instinct," Talge said of his first collegiate touchdown.
"It couldn't have come at a better time. That's something I'm going to take to the grave with me. My roommates are going to hear about that for a long time."
Talge's touchdown gave the Cobbers a 34-21 lead. He added a second interception later to help seal the outcome.
"That was nice to see from a senior," said Concordia junior quarterback Brian Schumacher.
Concordia (7-0 overall, 6-0 MIAC) remained alone atop the conference standings. Bethel (3-4, 2-3) lost its third consecutive game.
"We control our own destiny," Concordia head coach Terry Horan said of staying unbeaten.
"We want to keep winning, and we want to keep improving. We played with a lot of pride today."
Perhaps feeling the hangover from an emotional 21-20 victory at St. John's last week, the Cobbers trailed Bethel 14-0 early in the second quarter and again 21-14 in the third quarter.
"We didn't take Bethel for granted, just a lot of emotion spilled out last week," Schumacher said. "We wanted to establish our presence right away. It just took a little longer to do that."
With the Cobbers trailing by a touchdown in the third quarter, Schumacher put his fingerprint on the game.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound junior capped back-to-back scoring drives with TD runs.
First, Schumacher bulled into the end zone from a yard out to tie the score at 21-21 with 6:17 to play in the third. He set up that score -- which capped a 10-play, 78-yard drive -- with a 49-yard run off an option play.
On Concordia's next possession, Schumacher burnt Bethel on another option keeper.
This time Schumacher fought off a defender at the Bethel 5-yard line and dove into the end zone, punctuating a spectacular 76-yard TD run.
"It's pretty much the longest run I've ever had to do," Schumacher said. "I didn't know if I had enough gas in the tank. It wasn't pretty."
Stylish or not, that score staked Concordia to a 28-21 lead with 2:36 remaining in the third quarter. Schumacher finished with 190 yards rushing on 22 carries.
"Put an 'S' on his chest because he's a Superman," Horan said of Schumacher. "He's a valuable piece to our puzzle."
Concordia couldn't solve Bethel running back Phil Porta for a half. Porta rushed for 162 yards and a score on 25 carries in the first two quarters.
His 42-yard touchdown with 12:18 left in the first half staked the Royals to a 14-0 lead.
"It's how we play," Bethel head coach Steve Johnson said. "We feel like we can run the ball against anybody."
However, Johnson said Porta
dropped to the ground with pain in his knee as the Royals were "jogging"
to the locker room at halftime. He carried the ball just six times in the
second half and sat out the fourth quarter.
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