|1997 Cobber Football||
Cobber Football Opponent - Moorhead State
14th annual Crystal Bowl at Jake Christiansen
Stadium Sept. 6, 1997, Concordia 17 vs Moorhead
State 7, 1:35 Kickoff.
by Jerry Pyle
Chris Ohm punched in a 1-yard TD with 9:11 left in the first quarter after the Dragons gave up the ball on downs at the Cobber 36 with a bobbled snap to the punter.
Tory Langemo was awarded the plaque for the game's "Sweetest Move" for his 22-yard touchdown reception with 4:39 left in the first quarter. That gave the Cobbers the 14-0 lead they would hold until late in the third quarter..
Concordia's Dan Steinbeisser ran for 151 yards on 27 carries for the Cobbers.
The Dragons made it interesting in the second half with a Pat Elmes
touchdown with 3:43 left in the third. But a Clayton Horgan field goal
with 1:38 left in the game sealed the Cobber win. (See
Full Box Score) (Listen to the game archived
on Real Audio)
The Cobbers host Gustavus Sept 13 at 1:00. The Dragons host UND next week.
Records --- Saturday's game is the season opener for both teams. Last year Moorhead State finished 7-3-0 overall and placed second in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference with a 5-1-0 league record. Concordia College finished 6-4-0 overall and placed fourth in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a 6-3-0 league record.
Coaches --- Ralph Micheli begins his fifth season as head coach at Moorhead State. Micheli is 26-13-2 with the Dragons, 55-76-2 overall in 13 seasons as head coach at Tarkio College (MO), Sul Ross State University (TX), and MSU, and 3-1-0 vs. Concordia College. Jim Chistopherson begins his 29th season as head coach at Concordia College with a 196-82-7 record and a 14-12-2 mark against MSU.
Series --- Moorhead State and Concordia College meet for a 75th time in a series that dates to 1920. Concordia holds a 43-19-12 series advantage, despite five MSU victories in the last seven games and eight MSU wins in the last 12 meetings.
Last Year --- Moorhead State bolted to a 17-0 first half lead and turned aside a spirited Concordia College revival to post a 31-14 season-opening victory at Alex Nemzek Stadium. Grover Moore rushed for 149 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown run, while quarterback Pat Elmes added 98 yards rushing to headline a Dragon offense that generated 332 rushing yards. Senior cornerback Greg Hurt scored on a 64-yard fumble recovery in the fourth quarter to douse any Cobber comeback plans, and earned the NSIC Defensive Player of the Week award. Ethan Pole completed 10-17 passes for 99 yards for the Cobbers while Tory Langemo had a pair of touchdown receptions.
Key Game Day Matchups: By Jerry Pyle, Cobber SID
The Cobber Running Game:
The Cobber Passing Game:
The Dragon Offense:
Crystal Sugar will donate a $500 scholarship to the school whose player pulls off todayās "Sweetest Move." Members of the areaās sports media will vote on the sweetest move and the winner will be presented with a plaque at the conclusion of todayās game.
Touchdowns for Charity
Crystal Sugar will donate $100 to the charity of each teamās choice for each touchdown they score.
Honoring the Sandbaggers
In honor of the outstanding efforts by Concordia and Moorhead State
students in helping fight last springās flood, a sandbag relay race will
take place at halftime, matching a team of 50 Cobber students against 50
- A Crystal-clear Cobbersā Win, By Eric Peterson
Concordia senior linebacker leads defensive charge in victory, By Tim Salwei and Eric Peterson
Concordia 17, Moorhead State 7 (Statistics by the Forum)
1997 Concordian coverage
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