|1997 Cobber Football||
Cobber Football Opponent - St. Thomas
At O'Shaughnessy Stadium in St. Paul, Sat. Oct. 11, 1997, Concordia
vs St. Thomas, 1:00 Kickoff.
Offensive Player of the Week
Pole threw for two touchdowns and ran 38 yards for a third to lead Concordia to a 28-7 win over previously unbeaten St. Thomas Oct. 11. He opened the game's scoring with a 9 yard TD pass and then completed a 53 yard TD after St. Thomas had cut the lead to 14-7. His 38 yard TD run in the 4th quarter put the game away. He was 10-18 passing for the day for 176 yards and no interceptions.
Defensive Player of the Week
Jeff had 4 sacks and 8 tackles in Concordia's win over St. Thomas.
He keyed a defense that held the high scoring Tommies to just 7 points
and minus 8 yards rushing.
10/11 Concordia beats St. Thomas 28-7
The Cobbers led 14-0 at the half. St. Thomas scored in the third quarter to make it 14-7 but the Cobbers came right back with a 53 yard Ethan Pole to Tory Langemo touchdown pass. It was Langemo's second TD of the game. An Ethan Pole 38-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter put the game away. Pole ended the day with 10 of 18 passing for 186 yards and 46 yards rushing on 9 carries.
Jeff Gronner sparked the Cobber defensive line with 4 sacks. Lance Larson and Jon Jasken each had three sacksThe Cobber line recorded 11 sacks on the day. Cobber linebacker Ryan Sannes held St. Thomas' all-American receiver Ryan Collins to just 2 catches for 30 yards. And St. Thomas was held to a net loss of 8 yards on 26 carries.
Cobber halfback Dan Steinbeiser, the MIAC's rushing leader, suffered a knee injury in the first half after gaining 64 yards on 17 carries. He did not play the rest of the game. But freshman Marcus Ludtke was more than capapble as a replacement. Ludtke ended up with 95 yards on 14 carries. Len Crouse gained 90 yards on 23 carries.
Cobber and Tommie Stats leaders going into Saturday's
game. (See NCAA Stats)
In Division III St. Thomas ranks
In the MIAC
10/6/97 MIAC Players of the Week
Kaiser ran for two TD's, including the game-winner from 15 yards with 1:43 to play, and threw two TD passes as he rolled up 445 yards of total offense. He rushed 10 times for 67 yards and completed 31-of-55 for 378 yards and two interceptions. A third team quarterback in 1996 as a freshman, Kaiser is 5-0 as a starter. He has thrown touchdown passes to eight different receivers. He has 13 touchdown passes and just four interceptions while throwing for 1,271 yards.
Dan Steinbeisser, Senior, Running back,
Sidney , Montana -
Santino Jenkins, University of St. Thomas, Senior, Linebacker, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Washburn H.S.) - Jenkins had 12 tackles (eight solos), a pass break-up and a last-second interception at the St. Thomas 4-yard line that kept Gustavus from attempting a 28-yard field goal and preserved the 34-31 St. Thomas victory.
Special Teams Player of the Week
Sept. 6, Concordia -St. Paul, Tommies win, 49-7.
Sept. 13, Augsburg College, Tommies win, 28-12.
Sept. 20, At Hamline Univ., Tommies win, 14-0
see game summary
Sept. 27, Carleton College, Tommies win, 36-8
see game stats of Carleton game
See written summary of that game
play by play | Box Score
Oct. 11, Concordia College-Moorhead, 1 p.m. (Homecoming)
Oct. 18, At Macalester College, 1 p.m.
Oct. 25, Bethel College, 1 p.m.
Nov. 1, At St. Olaf College, 1 p.m.
Nov. 7, St. John's Univ., at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, 8 p.m. (Family Weekend)
Tommie Pre-season Preview:
Eight could be a key number for UST football in 1997. The Tommies, who won eight games in 1996, return eight offensive and eight defensive players with starting experience. As the team tries to win the school's first MIAC championship in eight seasons, it must replace at least eight key graduated regulars and specialists.
5th-year head coach Mal Scanlan's first job is to find a replacement for All-MIAC quarterback Chris Esterley (career:7,709 passing yards - 2nd all-time in MIAC). Esterley's successor is expected to be one of three sophomores, all Minnesota natives - 1996 backup Greg Kaiser, Dan Novak, or Andy Juntunen. All-American tight end Ryan Collins (55 rec., 820 yds, 10 TDs) returns for his senior season joining a talented receiving corp. consisting of Shanti Rainey and Mark Warder. On defense, the Tommies must replace, among others, defensive ends Aaron Harper (2nd team All-American, 14 sacks in '96) and All-MIAC Troy Johnson.
The good news for the Tommies are their returning players including all three of their linebackers and their interior linemen.
St. Thomas returns seven starters on offense (30.11 ppg/385.89 ypg) and eight on defense (21.56 ppg/343.11 ppg).
Coach Scanlon believes that one key to a title run in '97 is the Tommies'
ability to "stop the big play", something they were unable to do in crucial
situations last year.
Tickets are $4 adults, $2 students no reserved seating Gates open at noon.
- KFAN 1130 AM in the Twin Cities, MIAC Game of the Week
- Meredith Cable TV will air the game live St. Paul, Roseville, Burnsville,
Apple Valley and Eagan