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Series History
1926 through 2003
Years  CC  AC
1926 L  0  26
1927 L  0  21
1928 T  6   6
1929 L  0   6
1930 W 39   0
1931 Did Not Play
1932 Did Not Play
1933 Did Not Play
1934 Did Not Play
1935 Did Not Play
1936 Did Not Play
1937 Did Not Play
1938 Did Not Play
1939 Did Not Play
1940 Did Not Play
1941 Did Not Play 
1942 W 19   6
1943 Did Not Play
1944 Did Not Play
1945 Did Not Play
1946 W 25   0
1947 W 18   7
1948 T  7   7
1949 Did Not Play
1950 W 26   6
1951 W 32  20
1952 Did Not Play
1953 W 30   0
1954 W 35  13
1955 L  6  12
1956 W 46   0
1957 W 19   0
1958 W 18  13
1959 W 14   6
1960 W 34  13
1961 L 20  27
1962 W 36  24
1963 W 20   0
1964 W 39  18
1965 W 20   7
1966 W 35  14
1967 W 44   8
1968 W 29  21
1969 W 28   0
1970 W 28  11
1971 W 41   0
1972 W 48  14
1973 L 22  35
1974 Did Not Play
1975 Did Not Play
1976 W 54  20
1977 L  3   7
1978 W 54   0
1979 W 45  12
1980 W 10   0
1981 W 20  14
1982 W 23   0
1983 W 24  20
1984 W 31  15
1985 W 38   0
1986 W 49   9
1987 W 56   3
1988 W 49   0
1989 W 28  14
1990 W 45   7
1991 W 55   0
1992 W 62   0
1993 W 28   0
1994 L  3  13
1995 W 38   6
1996 W 30  14
1997 L 10  13
1997 L 22  34 
(NCAA Playoffs)
1998 L 0   25
1999 L 5    7
2000 W 37  13 
2001 W 33   3
2002 W 38  13
2003 W 32  13
Total CC 47-12-2


2004 Concordia Cobbers
Football Gameday Central

OCTOBER 30, 2004 vs. Augsburg College - 1:00PM
Gameday Recap
 2004 Concordia Football Line Score
Cobbers vs. Auggies
Teams 1st 2nd
Augsburg 0 0
Concordia 7 14
 Concordia now leads the series 48-12-2.
2004 Game Starters - Stat BreakdownGame Preview - Game News and Notes
2003 Game Recap - 2003 Box Score

Game 8: Augsburg College (2-3 MIAC, 2-5) at #7 Concordia College Cobbers (6-0 MIAC, 7-0) 
Location: Jake Christiansen Stadium - Moorhead, Minn.
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m.
Radio: Live on "The Fan" 1280AM in the F-M area. Larry Knutson doing the play-by-play. The game can also be heard on WMIN-AM 740 in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. 
Tickets: Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. All tickets are general admission. You can contact the Concordia athletic office at 218-299-4434 for advance ticket sales. Football tickets go on sale and the gates open at noon for 1 p.m. kickoffs. The stadium has a seating capacity of 7,000 and has ample room for standing. There has never been a sellout. 
Last Week: Concordia beat Bethel 34-23 (Recap). Augsburg lost to St. John's 38-13 (Recap). 
Rankings: Concordia continued its stay among the elite of the NCAA Division III football teams. For the first time in the hostory of the program they are ranked in the top ten in all three major polls. The Cobbers are currently ranked 6th in the latest Don Hansen Football Gazette poll. They are also ranked 7th in the poll and 8th in the AFCA poll; Augsburg is not ranked. 
Don Hansen Football Gazette - - AFCA

The Starting Lineups:
Augsburg Auggies (2-3 MIAC, 2-5)
Pos #  Name           Yr  Ht   Wt Hometown 
RT 75 Matt Siems      So 6-2  285 Bemidji, MN 
RG 51 Tony Madline    So 5-8  260 Stillwater, MN 
C  65 Adam Hoffmann   Sr 6-1  240 Hastings, MN 
LG 77 John Streefland Jr 6-1  265 Northfield, MN
LT 78 Zak Jensen      Jr 6-3  285 Hopkins, MN 
TE 46 Ty Closson      Sr 6-2  205 Norhfield, MN 
FL 19 Shawn Johnson   Sr 6-3  200 Faribault, MN 
SE 87 Ben Bothun      Sr 5-9  200 Dawson, MN 
WR 10 Ricky Schreier  So 5-6  160 Maplewood, MN
HB 23 Steve Houser    Jr 5-10 190 Zimmerman, MN
QB 7  Marcus LeVesseur Jr 5-8 170 Minneapolis, MN
Pos #  Name           Yr Ht   Wt  Hometown 
DE  37 Craig Pike     Sr 6-2  255 Pine Island, MN
DT  99 Chike Ochiagha Jr 5-10 270 Savage, MN
DT  42 Jake Koelln    Jr 6-0  255 Rochester, MN 
DE  47 Joe Cullen     Sr 6-0  215 Coon Rpds, MN 
SLB 34 Jim Gunderson  Jr 5-11 195 Hastings, MN
MLB 80 Andrew Neumann So 6-4  225 Somerset, WI
WLB 44 Mike Matson    So 6-1  210 Cedar, MN 
CB  10 Ricky Schreier So 5-6  160 Maplewood, MN 
SS  4  Jordan Hastings Jr 6-4 195 Crystal, MN
FS  21 Ross Peroutka  Jr 6-0  190 Faribault, MN 
CB  22 Andy Matzke    Jr 6-1  190 Faribault, MN 
Special Teams
Pos #  Name           Yr  Ht  Wt  Hometown 
K  1  Nick Schlieman  Jr 6-4  250 Burnsville, MN 
P  1  Nick Schlieman  Jr 6-4  250 Burnsville, MN
LS 25 Tim Stowe       Sr 5-8  196 Faribault, MN 
SS 80 Andrew Neumann  So 6-4  225 Somerset, WI 
H  11 Erik Bohnhoff   So 6-6  190 Northfield, MN
KR 7  Marcus LeVesseur Jr 5-8 170 Minneapolis, MN
PR 22 Andy Matzke    Jr  6-1  190 Faribault
Concordia Cobbers (6-0 MIAC, 7-0)
Pos #  Name             Yr  Ht   Wt 
QB  18 Brian Schumacher Jr  6-3  210 
RB  27 Travis Christensen Sr 6-0 215 
RB  46 Ed Oehlers       Sr  5-11 220 
RB  01 Tyler Anderson   Jr  5-10 185 
WR  07 Andrew Passanante Sr 6-3  200 
WR  80 Shawn Reile      Sr  6-1  180
LT  74 Nicholas Didier  Sr  6-3  275
LG  72 Matt McCallum    So  6-4  275 
C   54 David Uselman    Jr  6-2  335 
RG  50 Jason Kelly      Sr  5-11 260 
RT  63 Ryan Johnson     Jr  6-3  275 
Pos #  Name             Yr  Ht   Wt 
DE  99 Adam Campbell    Sr  6-3  255 
DT  90 Travis Almquist  Jr  6-2  240 
NG  94 Evan Emmerich    Sr  6-2  265 
DE  55 Greg Mantz       Jr  6-2  240 
SLB 24 Ross Hebrink     Jr  6-1  210 
MLB 16 Doug Runke       Sr  6-2  225 
WLB 43 Josh Dietz       Sr  6-1  220 
WCB 09 Jordan Talge     Sr  5-11 185 
ROV 19 Tanner Radermacher Jr 6-2 190 
FS  47 Eric Preszler    Sr  6-2  190 
SCB 29 Eric Svobodny    Jr  6-0  180 
Special Teams
Pos   #  Name             Yr  Ht   Wt 
LS    80 Shawn Reile      Sr  6-1  180 
S     14 Jeff Aasgaard    Fr  6-3  195 
H     09 Jordan Talge     Sr  5-11 185
P/KO  25 Lucas Draxten    Sr  6-5  185 
PK    38 Brian Halverson  Jr  6-1  175 
KR    01 Tyler Anderson   Jr  5-10 185 
PR    07 Andrew Passanante Sr 6-3  200 
PR/KR 10 Chris Klabo      So  6-0  200

Cobbers vs. Auggies Stat Breakdown (Overall Games)


26.4       Points Per Game                 32.7 
24.9       Opponents points per game       13.6
133        FIRST DOWNS                      157 
138        OPP. FIRST DOWNS                  89
1339       RUSHING YARDAGE                 1550 
1268       OPP. RUSHING YARDAGE             565
191.3      RUSHING YDS PER GAME           221.4
181.1      OPP. RUSHING YDS PER GAME       80.7 
13         TDs Rushing                       14
12         OPP. TDs Rushing                   5 
1148       PASSING YARDAGE                 1218 
1452       OPP PASSING YARDAGE             1062
164.0      PASSING YDS PER GAME           174.0 
207.4      OPP. PASSING YDS PER GAME      151.7 
12         TDs Passing                       14
7          OPP. TDs Passing                   6
2487       TOTAL OFFENSE                   2768 
2720       OPP TOTAL OFFENSE               1627
355.3      Average Per Game               395.4 
388.6      Opp. Average Per Game          232.4
20-10      FUMBLES-LOST                    13-7 
9-4        OPP. FUMBLES-LOST               10-6
41-335     PENALTIES-YARDS               31-261 
36-310     OPP. PENALTIES-YARDS          30-269
28:48      TIME OF POSSESSION/GAME        33:11 
31:12      OPP.TIME OF POSSESSION/GAME    25:23
47/109     3RD-DOWN CONVERSIONS          48/100 
39/109     OPP. 3RD-DOWN CONVERSION       30/99
7/13       4TH-DOWN CONVERSIONS             5/9 
6/17       OPP. 4TH-DOWN CONVERSIONS       6/21

Cobbers vs. Auggies Preview
The Coaches
Concordia head coach Terry Horan (Concordia ’89) is in his fourth year as head football coach at Concordia College. Last season he helped the Cobbers to a 7-3 overall mark and a 6-2 MIAC record. In 2002 he was named the MIAC Coach of the Year as he guided the Cobbers to a second place finish. In his first three seasons at the helm, he has compiled a 17-8 conference record and a 19-11 overall mark.

Jack Osberg (Augsburg '62) has been the architect of a rebirth of Augsburg College football since he was named head coach in 1991. The program has grown in both numbers and victories, and in 1997, Osberg accomplished what no Augsburg football coach had ever done before -- winning the MIAC championship and qualifying for the NCAA Division III national playoffs, while engineering the best record (10-2) in school history.
Osberg enters his 14th season with the Auggies in 2004 with a 60-71 career record, the most wins in school history. In 2003, he passed his mentor, Edor Nelson, who earned 56 wins (56-118-10) from 1947-69. Osberg has the third-longest tenure among current MIAC football coaches, behind St. John's John Gagliardi and Bethel's Steve Johnson.

About Last Year: 
MINNEAPOLIS (10/11/03) -- Setting a single-game school record with 517 team rushing yards, Concordia College-Moorhead rallied from an early deficit to dominate in a 32-13 triumph over host Augsburg College in a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football game Saturday afternoon at Edor Nelson Field. 

Running back Bobby Clark (Sr., Seeley Lake, Mont.) rushed 19 times for 182 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Cobbers, now 5-1 overall and 4-1 in MIAC play. He was one of three Cobbers to rush for more than 100 yards in the game, with quarterback Ryan Hebrink (Sr., Sacred Heart, Minn.) rushing for 141 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown, and running back Jeremy Hinderks (Sr., Renville, Minn.) rushing 17 times for 103 yards and two scores. 

Augsburg, which had 325 yards of total offense in a losing effort, drops to 3-3 overall and 2-2 in MIAC play. 

The 517 rushing yards for the Cobbers, on 64 attempts, fell 45 short of the MIAC's single-game record, 562 yards by St. John's in a 1976 game against Macalester. Concordia's previous single-game rushing record was 454 yards, set in a 1995 game against St. Olaf. Concordia had just 12 passing yards on one completion in seven attempts in the game, held in a driving rainstorm and windy conditions at Augsburg. 

Augsburg took an early lead, behind the play of freshman quarterback Troy Deden (Fr., Northfield, Minn.), making his first collegiate start in place of regular starter Tony George (So., Blaine, Minn.), who suffered a sprained ankle injury in last week's win over Carleton. George tried to take a few snaps in the second quarter, but was not able to remain in the game. 

Deden completed 15 of 31 passes with two interceptions for 244 yards and a touchdown in his collegiate debut. However, Augsburg rushed for just 81 yards on 35 attempts in the game. 

The Auggies jumped on the board first, as Deden capped a 13-play, 78-yard drive over 6:09 with a one-yard plunge. The drive included 10 rushing plays, the biggest play a 34-yard scamper by Ben Paul (Sr., St. Paul, Minn./Johnson HS). 

Concordia tied the game late in the quarter, after taking the ball at its own 42-yard line following a botched snap on a field-goal attempt by the Auggies. A three-play, 58-yard drive was culminated in a 33-yard rushing score by Clark. 

But the Auggies took the lead again on its next play from scrimmage, as Deden connected with Jamie Smith (Sr., Oakdale, Minn./Tartan HS) for an 80-yard touchdown, the longest passing play for the Auggies this season. 

Another big play was the feature of the next drive, as Concordia's Josh Vickerman (Sr., Alexandria, Minn.) returned the Auggie kickoff 70 yards to the Augsburg 19-yard line. Four plays later, Hinderks scored his first touchdown on a seven-yard run, giving the Cobbers the lead for good. 

After that score, the game was dominated by the Cobbers' rushing attack. Concordia did not gain a single passing yard after its first drive in the first quarter, letting the run dictate the tempo of play in the rainy conditions. 

Just before halftime, Concordia scored to cap a nine-play, 80-yard drive, as Clark found an opening and rambled 30 yards for the score, giving the Cobbers a 20-13 halftime lead. 

Concordia scored twice more to complete the dominating victory. Hinderks scored his second touchdown on a 19-yard run to complete a 13-play, 80-yard drive in the closing seconds of the third quarter. 

Early in the fourth quarter, Jordan Talge (Jr., Moorhead, Minn.) stopped an Augsburg drive with an interception at the Concordia 3-yard line, returning it 26 yards. On the subsequent Cobber drive, quarterback Hebrink was the feature player, as he rushed for 68 of the Cobbers' 71 yards on the drive, capping it with a 38-yard scamper for a touchdown to produce the final margin. 

Concordia turned the ball over three times on fumbles, but Augsburg could not take advantage of the opportunities, as one drive in the second quarter started at the Concordia 16 was stopped on downs three plays later at the Concordia 41, another drive after a fumble stalled for a punt, and the final drive after a fumble was stopped by an interception by Concordia's Vickerman. 

In addition to the three Cobbers who gained more than 100 yards on the ground, Brian Schumacher (So., Thompson, N.D.), one of three Cobber quarterbacks used in the game, had four carries for 41 yards. 

Augsburg was led by Paul's 60 rushing yards on 11 carries, with Nick Sanchez (Sr., Almond, Wis./Almond-Bancroft HS) gaining 45 yards on 16 carries. Deden passed for 244 yards, with Smith catching five passes for 111 yards. Andrew Neumann (Fr., Somerset, Wis.) caught five passes for 94 yards, and Yarzue Slowon (Jr., Crystal, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong HS) caught three passes for 51 yards. 

Defensively, Josh Dietz (Jr., Glencoe, Minn.) led the Cobbers with 12 tackles (two solo) and a forced fumble. Evan Emmerich (Jr., Princeton, Minn.) had nine tackles (two solo), including two for loss, and Doug Runke (Jr., Willmar, Minn.) had eight tackles (one solo). Talge had four passes defensed and an interception, and Travis Almquist (So., Fargo, N.D.) had a quarterback sack and two tackles for loss. 

Augsburg was paced by Taylor Kroger (So., Cottonwood, Minn./Lakeview HS), who had 14 tackles (two solo). Jim Gunderson (Jr., Hastings, Minn.) had 11 tackles (five solo) and two forced fumbles, and Brandon Fox (Sr., Springfield, Minn.) had nine tackles (two solo), including one for loss. Ricky Schreier (So., Maplewood, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall HS) and Jon Kozitza (Sr., North Mankato, Minn./Mankato West HS) had eight tackles apiece.

Series Background
Concordia leads the overall series between the two teams 47-12-0

Concordia has won the last four meetings in the series between the two schools. Before that time, Augsburg rattled off four of their own...the Cobbers have scored at least 30 points in the last four games in the series…the record for most points by a team in a single game is 62. The 1992 Cobbers handled the Auggies 62-0…Augsburg won the first two games of the series by posting two shutouts…The last shutout in the series was in 1998. Augsburg blanked the Cobbers 25-0. 

The Marquee Match-Up - Cobber Special Teams Coverage  vs. Augsburg Kick & Punt Return Teams 
Today's match-up is one between the special teams. The feature match-up of the day is the Concordia kick and punt coverage teams against the very special Augsburg return teams. 

Augsburg currently leads the MIAC in kickoff returns and are fourth in punt returns. They are averaging 22.4 yards per return on kickoffs and 10.4 yards per punt return. The Auggie special teams have done such a good job in getting the team excellent field position that three of their return men are among the national leaders. Quarterback Marcus LeVesseur is 11th in the nation in average yards per kickoff return (27.3) and his teammate Yarzue Slowon is 20th in the same category with a 25.9 yards per return average. LeVesseur has returned a kick for 71 yards and Slowon has a 66-yard run back. Punt returner Andy Matzke is currently second in the MIAC in return average (12.4) and has a 43-yard best in 2004.

The Concordia return coverage team ranks 4th in kickoff coverage. The Cobbers are giving up an average of 17.1 yards per return, and last week Bethel had a 20.3 return average on six kickoff returns. Two weeks ago against the Johnnies, Concordia gave up a 94-yard kickoff return. On punt coverage, Concordia surrendered a 13.5 yard average last week.

If Concordia's special teams can do a good job of containing LeVesseur and crew, then the Cobber defense will have a greater chance for success when LeVesseur steps under center. 

Scouting the Auggies
Augsburg enters today’s game having lost two of their last three games. Last week, the Auggies dropped a tough game to St. John’s. In that contest, Augsburg took a 13-7 lead in the second quarter before giving up 31 unanswered points to lose 38-13…the Auggies are led by junior quarterback Marcus LeVesseur. LeVesseur is a newcomer to Augsburg football, having won two  individual national championships for the wrestling team (he is one of eight wrestlers on the football team this year).  He currently leads the league in total offense and is second in rushing. Earlier in the year against Carleton he rushed for four TD’s and threw for two more. He also stars on the kick return team – which currently leads the MIAC…the GD staff wants to take this space to thank Augsburg head coach Jack Osberg for all the wonderful moments his team has produced in a terrific career. Osberg is retiring at the end of the season after 14 great years. Everyone at Concordia wishes him the best of luck!! 

National Leaders
Some drop down, some get added. The list of national statistical leaders is starting to take on a decidedly maroon and gold flavor. Despite his big day running the ball against Bethel, Brian Schumacher continues to be in the top ten in passing efficiency. He is currently 10 with a 161.2 rating. Andrew Passanante continues to hold steady on the receiving charts. He is tied for 20th in receiving yards per game and tied for 25th in receptions per game (6.6). Brian Halverson slides out of the top five in field goals per game. He is now tied for sixth with 1.6 field goals per game. On the defensive side, Jordan Talge jumps up to a tie for fifth in interceptions per game (0.9). He is also tied for fifth in passes defended (1.9). Finally, Josh Dietz remains in the top 25 in a pair of tackling categories. He is tenth in solo tackles (7.1) and tied for 25th in total tackles (11.9).

As a team, the Cobbers have added a few categories to their belt. The defense is 13th in total defense (232.4), 17th in scoring defense (13.6), tied for 17th in rushing defense (80.7) and 29th in pass efficiency defense (90.0). The Cobbers are not among the national leaders in any offensive category. ]

Like Bethel last week, Augsburg only has individual players among the nation's top statistical leaders. Quarterback Marcus LeVesseur is 11th in average yards per kickoff return (27.3). The team also has another kick return specialist on the leaderboard. Yarzue Slowon is 20th in the same category with a 25.9 yards per return average. Punt returner Andy Matzke is currently 31st in average punt return (12.4).

89th Season of Cobber Football
The 2004 season marks Concordia’s 89th year of intercollegiate football, and the Cobbers hold an all-time record of 433-246-39 …Football was started at Concordia in 1916 by Mr. A. M. Sattre. The first game for the Cobbers was against Valley City Normal. Valley City won that game 12-0…Concordia has won three national championships and won the MIAC on 17 different occasions.

The Last Time:
Cobber Team
Shutout Recorded
By Cobbers: 2004 vs. Hamline, 42-0 
By Opponent: 1998 vs. St. John’s 21-0 
300 Yards Rushing
By Cobbers: 2003 vs. Augsburg College, 517 yards
By Opponent: 2000, St. Thomas, 358 yards
300 Yards Passing
By Cobbers: 2004 vs. Hamline, 362 yards
By Opponent: 2003, Menlo College, 333 yards
500 Total Yards
By Cobbers: 2004 vs. Hamline, 591 yards
By Opponent: 2001, St. Olaf College, 500 yards
50 Points
By Cobbers: 2003 vs. Hamline 57-14
By Opponent: 2000, Bethel College, 60-21
40 Points
By Cobbers: 2004 vs. Hamline, 42-0
By Opponent: 2003, Menlo College, 44-41
Cobber Individual Offense
200 Yards Rushing
By Cobbers: 1995 vs. St. Olaf College, Kyle Odermann, 214 yards
By Opponent: 2001, Gustavus, Andy Traetow, 209 yards
100 Yard Receiving Game
By Cobbers: 2004 vs. Hamline, Andrew Passanante, 206 yards
By Opponent: 2003, St. John’s, Blake Elliot, 132 yards
300 Yard Passing Game
By Cobbers: 2003 vs. St. Olaf College, Ryan Hebrink, 304 yards
By Opponent: 2003, Menlo College, Frank Borba, 333 yards
4 Touchdowns Rushing
By Cobbers: 1995 vs. St. Olaf College, Kyle Odermann 
By Opponent: 1998, MSU-Moorhead, Tony Duerr (5)
5 Touchdowns Passing
By Cobbers: 2004 vs. Hamline, Brian Schumacher 
By Opponent: 1998, Gustavus, Bob Southworth 
4 Touchdowns Receiving
By Cobbers: 1987 vs. Hamline, Terry Horan 
By Opponent: ?
Cobber Individual Defense
20 or More Tackles
By Cobbers: 2003 vs. St. John’s, Josh Dietz, 20 
By Opponent: 2003, Bethel, Sam Lacy, 20
5 or More Sacks
By Cobbers: 1999 vs. Hamline, Mark Hankel, 5 
By Opponent: 2000, St. John’s, Brian Zirbes, 6
3 or More Interceptions
By Cobbers: 1994 vs. Hamline, Stu Lang, 3
By Opponent: 2002, St. John’s, Jeremy Goltz, 3
Cobber Individual/Special Teams:
Kickoff Returned for a Touchdown
By Cobbers: 2003, vs. St. Olaf College, Bobby Clark, 85 yards
By Opponent 2004, St. John's, Lee Clintsman, 94 yards
Punt Returned for a Touchdown
By Cobbers: 2002, vs. Hamline, Bobby Clark, 70 yards
By Opponent 1997, Bethel College, Kirk Midthun, 70 yards
Extra Point Blocked
By Cobbers: 2003 vs. Augsburg, Josh Vickerman
By Opponent: 2003, Hamline University
Field Goal Over 40 Yards
By Cobbers: 2003 vs. Carleton College, 40 yards, Brian Halverson
By Opponent: 2003, Bethel College, Paul Tschetter, 52 yards
3 Field Goals
By Cobbers: 2004, vs. MSU-Moorhead, Brian Halverson
By Opponents:  1998, Augsburg College, Martin Hlinka (4) 

Cobbers vs. Auggies News and Notes

Cobber News and Notes

Rarified Air
Concordia suddenly finds themselves among the elite in Division III football this week. The Cobbers are ranked in the top ten in all three major polls. They are currently ranked 6th in the latest Don Hansen Football Gazette poll. They are also ranked 7th in the poll and 8th in the AFCA poll. 

Terrific Talge 
Jordan Talge was named the MIAC Defensive Player of the Week last week, becoming the 10th Cobber recipient of Player of the Week honors. He was also named to the National Team of the Week and the Don Hansen’s Football Gazette National Team of the Week. 

Talge recorded his second two-interception game of the season when he made a pair of picks against Bethel. Talge also had two interceptions in Concordia’s game against Hamline. He joins Tanner Radermacher (Jr., Bellingham, Minn./Ortonville HS) as the team’s two players that have recorded a pair of two-interception games. Radermacher recorded his two-interception games against St. Thomas and St. John’s. 

Talge is tied for the league lead in interceptions with six. He also leads the conference in passes defended (13). He needs only two interceptions to tie the school record for interceptions in a single season. The Cobber career record is held by Todd Twete, who made eight interceptions in 1989. Talge has 14 career interceptions and needs three more INT’s to tie Terry Storm’s (’87) record of 17. 

Unsung Hero 
Usually the Gameday staff spotlights the top performers over the past weeks. For this segment we will shine the light on an unsung hero from Saturday’s win over Bethel. Sophomore running back Ben Thoreson had one of the biggest blocks in the game when he knocked down the strong side linebacker allowing Brian Schumacher to run 76 yards for his game-breaking touchdown. Thoreson doesn’t have big stats this season, but he does fit the Cobber motto of “no I in team!” 

Better and Better and Better 
Just when you thought the season couldn’t get any better, along comes this week’s prize. If the Cobbers could manage to win today, they will clinch a share of the MIAC championship and the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA playoffs (the only teams that could then tie with the Cobbers are St. Thomas and St. John’s – both of which Concordia has already beaten). The title would be the first since the 1995 season and 18th overall in program history. The Cobbers’ 7-0 start is the fourth best start in school history. 

Top Three Cobber Starts in the Past 40 Years:
1988: 8-0
1964: 10-0
1969: 10-0

And Then There Were 13!
Concordia is one of only 13 teams in NCAA Division III football that remain unbeaten. 229 teams started the year with dreams of an undefeated season and only a handful remain. The Cobbers are joined by the likes of  Linfield, Trinity (TX) and Mount Union. Both Mount Union and Linfield were given scares last week, as both team had to come from behind to claim the victory and stay perfect. This week Linfield squares off against Cobber foe Menlo. The Cobbers will face the Oaks in the last game of the season on Friday, November 12 at 7:30pm in the Fargodome. 

Deadly Dietz 
Concordia senior linebacker Josh Dietz is currently second in the MIAC in overall games in overall tackles. Dietz, the Cobber team leader, has 83 tackles in the team’s first seven games of the year. He is on pace to break the school record for total tackles in a season. The current record of 126 is held by Dave Benson (1989). Dietz needs 44 tackles in the team’s last three regular season games to break the record.
Auggie News and Notes
(Courtesy of the Augsburg SID)

Can We Only Play 1 Quarter Next Time 
After leading 13-7 in the second quarter, Augsburg surrendered 31 unanswered points in dropping a 38-13 result to St. John’s on Saturday at Edor Nelson Field. Augsburg is now 2-5 overall, 2-3 in MIAC play.

The House That Jack Built
Saturday’s game marked the Edor Nelson Field finale for head coach Jack Osberg, who, earlier this week, announced his retirement from coaching at the end of the season (Augsburg plays its final “home”
game at the Metrodome on Nov. 12 against St. Olaf). In his 14 seasons of coaching, Osberg was 34-30 in games at Edor Nelson Field, named for his mentor and former coach (56-118-10 from 1947-69). Osberg,
64, the 13th coach in the 73-season history of Augsburg football, has won a school-record 62 games as head coach (62-76) in his 14 seasons. After completing the 2004 football season, Osberg will remain on the
Augsburg staff, assisting in the school’s Alumni and Parent Relations and Development areas, to develop connections with athletic alumni and parents.

Marcus AuRUNius
Quarterback Marcus LeVesseur (Jr., Minneapolis, Minn./Bloomington Kennedy HS) saw his streak of 100-yard rushing games end at four on Saturday, as he was held to 68 yards on 29 carries against St. John’s.
LeVesseur leads the Auggies in both rushing (721 yards on 159 carries) and passing (902 yards, 70-of-147, 11 TD, 10 INT) this season. LeVesseur has the potential to become just the second player in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a single season; the school record, 1,011, was set by Marty Alger in 1992. Among MIAC players (all games), LeVesseur is one of only three players to average more than 100 rushing yards per game. Bethel’s Phil Porta averages 165.9; St. Thomas’ Peter Ridley averages 109.7, and LeVesseur
averages 103.0. LeVesseur leads the MIAC (all games) in total offense (231.9 yards per game). In MIAC games only, LeVesseur is second in the conference in rushing (136.8 yards per game in five games), leads
the league in total offense (286.4 ypg) and is third in all-purpose yards (164.0 ypg).

No, Not That Cullen Family
Augsburg defensive end Joe Cullen (Sr., Coon Rapids, Minn.) currently has a team-high 5.5 sacks this season and 18.5 on his career. His career total puts him in fifth place in school history in career
sacks; the school record is 28.5, set by Bob Anderson from 1992-95. Fourth on the record list is Matt Chappuis, who had 22.5 sacks from 1998-2001.

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