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Series History
1921 through 2003
Year   CC Oles
1921 L  0  97
1922 L  0  35
1923 L  0  17
1924 L  0  16
1925 L  0  40
1926 L  0  26
1927 W 13  12
1928 W 25   0
1929 L  7  12
1930 Did Not Play
1931 L  6  21
1932 W 13   0
1933 L 13  25
1934 W 19   7
1935 L  6  20
1936 Did Not Play
1937 W 13   7
1938 Did Not Play
1939 T  7   7
1940 W  7   0
1941 W  7   0
1942 W  7   6
1943 Did Not Play
1944 Did Not Play
1945 Did Not Play
1946 L  0  20
1947 L  6   7
1948 L 13  30
1949 Did Not Play
1950 L 12  18
1951 L 26  32
1952-73 DNP
1974 W  6   3
1975 W  9   6
1976 W 16   7
1977 W 17   6
1978 L 17  26
1979 W 16  13
1980 W 16   6
1981 W 42  13
1982 W 39  11
1983 W 14   9
1984 T 10  10
1985 L  2  12
1986 W 39  14
1987 W 35  10
1988 W 10   0
1989 W 24   7
1990 W 24   7
1991 L 13  24
1992 W 45  21
1993 L 34  58
1994 W 36   0
1995 W 48  16
1996 W 20   7
1997 W 38   0
1998 W 35  21 
1999 W 17   7
2000 L 24  27 
2001 L 33  34
2002 W 24  14
2003 W 47  14
Total CC 31-21-2
 
 

 

2004 Concordia Cobbers
Football Gameday Central

November 6, 2004 at St. Olaf College - 1:00PM
Gameday Recap
 2004 Concordia Football Line Score
Cobbers vs. Oles
Teams 1st 2nd
3rd
4th
Final
Concordia 2 13
28
7
50
St. Olaf 0 7
0
0
7
 Concordia leads the series 31-21-2.
2004 Game Starters - Stat BreakdownGame Preview - Game News and Notes
2003 Game Recap - 2003 Box Score

Game 9: #4 Concordia College Cobbers (7-0 MIAC, 8-0) at St. Olaf College (4-2 MIAC, 6-2) 
Location: Manitou Field - Northfield, 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 KDHL-AM 920 in the Northfield area. 
Internet: www.gocobbers.com
Tickets: Tickets are available through the St. Olaf Athletic Department (507) 646-3834.
Last Week: Concordia beat Augsburg 31-6 (Recap). St. Olaf beat St. John's 21-19 (Recap). 
Rankings: Concordia broke into the top five in the country for the first time in school history. The Cobbers are currently ranked 4th in the latest Don Hansen Football Gazette poll. They are also ranked 4th in the D3football.com poll and 7th in the AFCA poll; St. Olaf is not ranked. 
Don Hansen Football Gazette - D3football.com - AFCA



The Starting Lineups:
St. Olaf Oles (4-2 MIAC, 6-2)
Offense
LT  74 – Matt Schraan      Sr., 5-11, 274
LG  56 – Eric Yuen         Fr., 6-2,  282
C   62 – Pete Cathcart     Jr., 6-1,  253
RG  57 – Charlie Krois     Sr., 5-10, 244
RT  68 – Blake Hamel       Fr., 6-1,  274
TE  17 – Kyle Fritze       Sr., 6-3,  222
WR  8  - Preston St. John  Fr., 6-0,  191
WR  80 – Horace Gant       Fr., 6-3,  208
FB  31 – Ben Roff          Fr., 5-10, 226
QB  9 – Jason Wilsey       Jr., 6-1,  202
RB  30 – Jay Higgins       Fr., 5-11, 207

Defense
DE  91 – Andre Conner      Jr., 5-10, 239
DT  93 – Peter Nelson      So., 6-3,  244
DT  94 – Jason Holthus     Jr., 6-3,  322
DE  95 – James Bechdol     Fr., 6-4,  252
OLB 29 – John Davis        Jr., 6-0,  190
ILB 41 – Matt Bucka        Sr., 6-2,  236
ILB 52 – Craig Botnen      So., 5-10, 219
OLB 20 – Tony De La Hunt   Jr., 6-2,  212
CB   1 - D. Hutchins       Fr., 6-0,  181
FS  47 - Peter St.Lawrence So., 6-0,  185
CB   6 – Matt Dean         Jr., 6-0,  187

Special Teams
K 37 – Paul Fortman        Fr., 6-0,  180 
P 19 – Nate Johnson        Sr., 6-1,  180
KR 30 – Jay Higgins        Fr., 5-11, 207 
KR 1 - D. Hutchins         Fr., 6-0,  181
PR 2 – Nick Rost           So., 6-0,  201 

Concordia Cobbers (7-0 MIAC, 8-0)
Offense
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 
Defense
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. Oles Stat Breakdown (Overall Games)
 

ST. OLAF

CONCORDIA
26.6       Points Per Game                 32.5 
22.0       Opponents points per game       12.6
159        FIRST DOWNS                      176 
141        OPP. FIRST DOWNS                  96
1339       RUSHING YARDAGE                 1801 
921        OPP. RUSHING YARDAGE             661
167.4      RUSHING YDS PER GAME           225.1
115.1      OPP. RUSHING YDS PER GAME       82.6 
17         TDs Rushing                       18
6          OPP. TDs Rushing                   6 
1693       PASSING YARDAGE                 1382 
1752       OPP PASSING YARDAGE             1108
211.6      PASSING YDS PER GAME           172.8 
219.0      OPP. PASSING YDS PER GAME      138.5 
10         TDs Passing                       14
15         OPP. TDs Passing                   6
3032       TOTAL OFFENSE                   3183 
2673       OPP TOTAL OFFENSE               1769
379.0      Average Per Game               397.9 
334.1      Opp. Average Per Game         221.1
15-7       FUMBLES-LOST                    16-9 
18-10      OPP. FUMBLES-LOST               10-6
45-410     PENALTIES-YARDS               38-303 
41-367     OPP. PENALTIES-YARDS          34-311
29:46      TIME OF POSSESSION/GAME        33:01 
29:54      OPP.TIME OF POSSESSION/GAME    25:44
53/131     3RD-DOWN CONVERSIONS          53/113 
56/138     OPP. 3RD-DOWN CONVERSION      33/117
7/14       4TH-DOWN CONVERSIONS            6/10 
12/29      OPP. 4TH-DOWN CONVERSIONS       9/26


Cobbers vs. Oles 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.

St. Olaf head coach Chris Meidt is 15-13 in his third season with the Oles.



About Last Year: 
MOORHEAD-- Ryan Hebrink had a record-breaking day for the Cobbers in Concordia's 47-14 win over St. Olaf at Jake Christiansen Stadium in Moorhead. Hebrink passed for 304 yards, his career best in that department, and he also rushed for a team-high 69 yards. Those 373 yards of total offense gave him 5,789 for his career and moved him past Kyle Odermann to become the Cobber all-time leader. He is just the third Cobber to reach 5,000 total yards, and with two games left to play, should become the first to reach 6,000.

The Cobbers won the opening toss, and elected to receive. Josh Vickerman received the ball at the 5-yard line, but on a scripted play handed the ball to Bobby Clark at the 15, who sprinted to the outside and down the sidelines for his third career return touchdown. The extra point kick hit the crossbar, giving the Cobbers a 6-0 lead just six seconds into the game. They tacked on a 26-yard field goal by Brian Halverson midway through the period for a 9-0 lead after the first 15 minutes. They continued their quick strike trend in the second quarter, when Ryan Hebrink launched a 39-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Passanante on the first play of the quarter, with just 10 seconds elapsed. They chalked up another score midway through the period, on a 3-yard run by Jeremy Hinderks. He also ran in for a two-point conversion, giving the Cobbers a 24-0 halftime lead.

St. Olaf got on the scoreboard 6 minutes into the third quarter on a 10-yard run by Aaron Stinar. They added on a two-point conversion, moving to within 24-8. However, the Cobbers answered just a minute and a half later on a one-yard run by Hinderks. Just two minutes later, the Cobbers scored again, on Halverson's second field goal of the game, a 33-yarder. The fourth quarter was the Tyler Anderson show for the Cobbers. He scored on a 12-yard pass from Hebrink just 32 seconds into the period, then ran in a touchdown from two yards out midway through the frame. The Oles had put up a score between the two by Anderson--a 37 yard pass from Jason Wilsey to Nick Rost. The three fourth quarter scores closed the scoring at 47-14.

For the Cobbers, Hebrink finished with 304 passing yards, his first career 300-yard passing game, on 15-26 passing, including two touchdowns. He also led the team in rushing, with 69 yards on 13 carries. Andrew Passanante was Hebrink's favorite target, catching 6 passes for 92 yards. For St. Olaf, backup quarterback Jason Wilsey came into the game and actually led the team in passing, completing 4 of his 5 passes for 60 yards and a touchdown. Brian Senske started the game and finished with 59 yards on 8 of 19 passing. Nick Rost was the leading receiver, catching 8 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown. Bobby Andrade led the Oles on the ground, compiling 63 yards on 17 carries.


Series Background
Concordia leads the overall series between the two teams 31-21-2

Concordia has won the last two meetings between the two teams and eight of the last 10. In the past 20 years, the Cobbers have rolled to a 14-5-1 record. Concordia has averaged 32.2 points in the past 10 years, while holding the Oles to a mere 13.3 points per game...St. Olaf won the first six games in the series. They took the opener 97-0 in 1921. That's right. In 1921, the Oles scored 97 points. Contrary to popular belief they were not coached by a long lost relative of Steve Spurrier. Here is an actual recap of the game:

"On October 7 the St. Olaf warriors gave our enthusiasts a surprise. Our men did not hope to hold the Ole's down to anything better than a 50 - 0 score in their favor for several of our men were still on the injured list from the Carleton game. The Ole's opened up with a variety of forward passes and end runs, the speed and
dexterity of which our men had not expected and these were mainly responsible for the one-sided score of 97 - 0."

The most points scored by a single team in a single game in the series is, obviously the 97 by the Oles in 1921. The next highest total is 58. That occurred back in 1993 when the Oles beat Concordia 58-34...There have been 13 shutouts in the series. St. Olaf has blanked the Cobbers seven times. In fact, the Oles shutout Concordia in the first six games of the series and have only pulled the feat one time since 1926. That happened in 1946. The last shutout in the series was in 1997 when the Cobbers won 38-0. 


The Marquee Match-Up - Cobber "Hands" Players vs. St. Olaf Defense
Undercard - The Battle of the Top Conference Kickers Brian Halverson - CC vs. Paul Fortman - STO
This is what they call a "no-brainer." After forcing the Johnnies to cough the ball up eight times last week, St. Olaf will try and inflict the same pain on the Cobbers. St. Olaf only had 139 yards of total offense in the game, but was able to capitalize on uncharacteristic Johnnie miscues.

Concordia's offense has done a terrific job in taking care of the football. They are currently second in the league in fewest giveaways this season. However, the Cobbers have fumbled eight times on the season - five times in the last two weeks. If Concordia is to have success against the Oles, they will have to force St. Olaf to drive the ball on a long field and not give up any easy scoring chances. 

The undercard features two nationally-ranked kickers. Concordia's Brian Halverson is currently leading the league in scoring by a kicker, field goals and field goal percentage and is 10th in the nation in field goals per game. The Oles Paul Fortman is third in the league in scoring by a kicker and tied for second in field goals. He is also among the national leaders in field goals per game. 

If the game comes down to a battle of kickers, the Gameday staff will take Halverson in a shootout!


Scouting the Oles
St. Olaf enters today's game after having posted the program's biggest win under current head coach Chris Meidt. Last week St. Olaf upset St. John's 21-19 in a game played in Northfield. The Oles forced eight Johnnie turnovers and were the recipients of an average starting field position on their own 49-yard line. They scored the first 14 points in the game and then held on for the two-point win. 

Two St. Olaf players earned MIAC Player of the Week honors for their hand in the game. Craig Botnen and Nate Johnson both earned the award. 

Botnen, a linebacker, had 11 solo tackles and an interception that led to the deciding touchdown in the Ole's 21-19 win over Saint John's. With St. Olaf clinging to a one-point lead in the third quarter, Botnen intercepted Alex Kofed and returned the ball 11 yards to the Saint John's 13.

Botnen and the St. Olaf defense forced eight turnovers and stopped the Johnnies on three consecutive drives in the fourth quarter and four-of-seven fourth downs in the game.

Johnson, the special teams player of the week, punted 11 times collecting a 39.2 yard-average, had two punts inside the Johnny five, a 65-yard boom and, most importantly, fielded two consecutive snaps out of the mud in the fourth quarter and turned them into 42- and 35-yard punts to help St. Olaf preserve their first home win over the Johnnies since 1995. 

The Oles have a very aggressive passing attack on offense. They are averaging over 200 yards per game though the air, and they put the ball up an average of 30 times per game. Junior quarterback Jason Wilsey has thrown for 10 touchdowns and has completed over 54% of his passes. He is third in the league in passing yards per game (169.5). However, he also leads the league in interceptions (11).

His favorite target is Horace Gant, who is averaging 59.6 yards receiving yards per game. He leads the team in number of receptions (30), average per reception (15.9) and receiving TD's (3). 

On the ground, Jay Higgins has done the bulk of the work. He leads the team in carries (74) and rushing yards per game (49.8). 


National Leaders
Concordia continues to make its mark on the national scene. Ranked in the top five, Concordia has the statistical leaders to back it up. Six different Cobbers are among the national leaders, and as a team the Cobbers are among the top teams in five of the nine statistical categories. 

The pass and catch tandem of Brian Schumacher and Andrew Passanante are holding steady. Schumacher 10th in passing efficiency (161.4), and Passanante is 15th in receiving yards per game (104.3) and tied for 25th in receptions per game (6.5). Kicker Brian Halverson dropped to 10th in field goals per game (1.3). Defensively, Jordan Talge leads the way. Talge is tied for eighth in passes defended per game (1.8) and tied for tenth in interceptions per game (0.8). Secondarymate Tanner Radermacher is tied for 26th in interceptions per game (0.6). Linebacker Josh Dietz is now 19th in solo tackles (6.8).

As a team, Concordia is sixth in total defense (221.1), 13th in scoring defense (12.6), 15th in rushing defense (82.6) and 19th in pass efficiency defense (86.0). Concordia finally got on the board on the offensive side. The Cobbers are now 34th in rushing offense (225.1).

St. Olaf has three individuals in the national rankings. Buyoed by his Player of the Week performance, punter Nate Johnson is now sixth in punt average (40.5). Fellow kicker, Paul Fortman is 24th in field goals per game (0.9). The Ole defense is led by Matt Dean, who is tied for 16th in passes defended per game (1.6) and tied for 26th in interceptions per game (0.6). 



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
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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: ?
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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
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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. Oles News and Notes

Cobber News and Notes

Back On Top!
Concordia clinched a share of the MIAC title with their win on Saturday against Augsburg. It marks the first MIAC championship for the Cobbers since the 1995 season when they shared the crown with St. John’s. Concordia has now won the MIAC championship on 18 different occasions. 

With the victory against the Auggies, Concordia earned the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA playoffs. The Cobbers will be making their first postseason appearance since 1997 when they lost to Augsburg in the first round. It will be the fourth time that Concordia will play in the NCAA playoffs and eighth overall playoff appearance. The Cobbers won the NAIA national championship in 1964, 1978 and 1981. The farthest they have ventured in the NCAA playoffs is the semifinal round. In 1986 Concordia lost to Augustana (Ill.) in the Division III semifinals. 



Don't Wake Me, I Hope This Dream Never Ends
Concordia remains the only undefeated team in the MIAC and one of only 10 schools in all of NCAA Division III to still have a perfect record. The Cobbers’ 8-0 start marks the first time since the 1988 season that Concordia has started the year with eight straight victories. The win streak is tied for the third best start to the season in school history. 

The school record for wins to start a season is 10. The 1964 NAIA national championship team went 10-0 before tying Sam Houston State of Texas 7 – 7 in the championship game.

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



Give Me Five!
The Cobbers are currently ranked in the top five in two major NCAA Division III polls. That marks the first time in school history that Concordia has been ranked in the top five of the nation. Concordia is fourth in the Don Hansen Football Gazette poll and also fourth in the latest D3football.com poll. 


And Then There Were 10!
Concordia is one of only 10 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. 

The even more amazing figure is that there are only 22 teams left in NCAA football that have perfect records. That mark encompasses Division I, Division II, Division III. If you were to have a roll call of the elite teams in 2004, it might sound something like: "Oklahoma? Present. USC? Here. Auburn? Yo. Wisconsin? Check. Concordia? Yes sir! 



Record Ramblings
Three Concordia players are closing in on school records.

Junior kicker Brian Halverson has made 10 field goals on the year. The Concordia record for field goals in a season is held by Chris Reimertz (’91). Reimhertz connected on 11 field goals in both the 1989 and 1990 seasons. 

Halverson currently leads the MIAC in scoring by a kicker (59 pts.), field goals made (10) and field goal percentage (76.9). He is also tied for sixth in all of Division III in field goals per game.

Senior defensive back Jordan Talge is within striking distance of the Concordia record for interceptions in a single season and interceptions in a career. Talge has six interceptions in 2004. That is two interceptions shy of the record held by Todd Twete (’90). Twete had eight interceptions in 1989. Talge has 14 career interceptions and needs three more INT’s to tie Terry Storm’s (’87) record of 17. 

Talge is currently second in the MIAC in interceptions and leads the conference in passes defended (14). He is also fifth in the nation in interceptions per game (0.9) and tied for fifth in passes defended (1.9).

Finally, senior linebacker Josh Dietz needs 37 more tackles to break the school record for total tackles in a season. The Cobber record of 136 is held by Dave Benson (’90), who set the mark in 1989. Dietz is also 16 solo tackles away from breaking the single season mark for unassisted tackles in a single season. Dietz has 54 solo tackles in 1994. The single season solo tackle school record is held by Shane Lindsay (’91). Lindsay recorded 69 solo tackles in 1990. 

Dietz leads the MIAC in solo tackles and is second in total tackles. Nationally, he is tenth in solo tackles and tied for 25th in total tackles.
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Ole News and Notes
(Courtesy of the St. Olaf SID)

Would You Like a Little Lemon Juice On That Open Wound?
St. Olaf’s 21-19 win over Saint John’s Saturday in Northfield was the first win over the Johnnies at home since 1995 and, with Concordia-Moorhead’s 21-20 win earlier this season, the first time two MIAC teams have beat SJU since 1997.

Winning Ways
The win assured St. Olaf (6-2, 4-2) a winning season - their first under third-year head coach Chris Meidt (5-5 in 2002, 4-6 in 2003). 

Who is This Ray Guy?
Nate Johnson’s play was essential in St. Olaf’s 21-19 win over Saint John’s. The senior punted 11 times, collecting a 39.2 yardaverage, had two punts inside the Johnny five, a 65-yard boom and, most importantly, fielded two consecutive snaps out of the mud in the fourth quarter and turned them into 42- and 35-yard punts to help St. Olaf beat the Johnnies.

Clutch Craig
Craig Botnen had 11 solo tackles, including one for a loss, and added an interception that led to the deciding touchdown in the Ole’s 21-19 win over Saint John’s Saturday. With St. Olaf clinging to a one-point lead in the third quarter, Botnen intercepted Alex Kofed and returned the ball 11 yards to the Saint John’s 13. Botnen and the St. Olaf defense forced eight turnovers and stopped the Johnnies on three consecutive drives in the fourth quarter and four-of-seven fourth downs in the game.

It's Been Awhile
The Oles are on a four-game winning streak. The last time St. Olaf won four straight within one season was in 1991 when the Oles beat Macalester (62-0, 9/28), St. Thomas (26-25, 10/5), Bethel (17-6, 10/12) and Concordia (24-13). The Oles (7-2) finished second in the MIAC in ’91.

There's No Place Like Home...
St. Olaf is 4-0 at home this season, but it hasn’t been easy. The Oles had to rally for 32 straight against Luther to win 32-31, beat Carleton 34-21, Hamline 17-14 and Saint John’s 21-19.

Shutting the Door in the Second Half
The St. Olaf defense has only allowed 32 points in the second half all season (4.0 p/g).
 

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