October 1, 2011

Defense Turns Over MIAC Road Win

More news about: Concordia-Moorhead

ST. PETER, Minn. (10/01/11)—Concordia's defense forced four turnovers and senior quarterback Michael Dunham threw for 233 yards and two touchdowns as the Cobbers rolled to a 37-20 win over Gustavus in St. Peter on Saturday.

Concordia outscored the Gusties 30-7 in the first three quarters of play en route to snapping a two-game winning streak. The win was the first conference victory for CC and ups their overall mark to 3-2 on the year.  The Cobbers are now 1-2 in conference play. Gustavus scored 13 points in the fourth quarter – the second most in any quarter this season – but remains winless on the year. The Gusties are 0-4 in all games and 0-2 in league play.

Turnovers were the biggest key to the win for Concordia. Both teams had over 400 yards of total offense but the Cobbers did not turn the ball. The CC defense came up with four clutch takeaways  – three of which came deep in Concordia's end of the field and three led directly to scoring drives. Concordia is now +6 in turnover margin this year which leads the MIAC.     

The first turnover came at the end of the first half with Concordia holding a 14-7 lead. Gustavus had just run 11 plays and had driven to the CC 40-yard line. Junior defensive back Brent Rysdahl then came up with the first of two CC interceptions in the game. Rysdahl's "pick" at the 26-yard line with 2:18 to go in the first half led to a 33-yard field goal by Porfirio Diaz which gave Concordia a 17-7 lead at the break.

The second takeaway was the biggest of the game. With Concordia leading 24-7, Gustavus was looking to get back in the game at the end of the third quarter. The Gusties drove the ball 10 plays and were on the CC 4-yard line when sophomore Bryce Hentges recovered a fumble. The Cobbers ended up punting the ball on their possession and then Gustavus fumbled on the fourth play of their next drive at the CC 13-yard line. Concordia then went on a nine-play  86-yard drive to push the score to 30-7.

Cobber senior quarterback Michael Dunham was 15-20 for 233 passing yards and threw for a pair of touchdowns. Dunham has not thrown an interception in the two CC road games. He now needs 619 more passing yards to break the school's all-time passing yards record.  Dunham's favorite target in the game was fellow senior Bronson Shepherd who caught seven passes for 112 yards and one touchdown. It is the second time in the last three games he has broken the 100-yard receiving mark.

Concordia had 10 players with at least one carry. Sophomore Matt Peterson had a game-high 77 yards on the ground – 54 of which came in the second half. He had the biggest rush of the game as he rambled 45 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.  It was his first collegiate touchdown and longest run of his career. Fullback Brett Baune was held to just 35 yards but had one of the five TD's on the day for CC.

Gustavus was led by the run and throw tandem of Jeffrey Dubose and Logan Becker. Dubose had 67 rushing yards on 15 carries. Quarterback Becker was 22-for-34 for 247 yards and one TD. He also rushed the ball 19 times for 42 yards. The 19 carries is the most by a GAC back all season long. Elliot Herdina caught six passes for 101 receiving yards.

The Cobber defense had three players with at least 10.0 tackles in the game and came away with 4.0 sacks for the game. Linebacker Peter Hvidston led all players with 12.0 tackles. Matt Moenkedick came away with 11.0 tackles and Rysdahl was third on the team with 10.0 tackles. Tyler Berling had a pair of sacks on the day. Hentges had the big fumble recovery and then also made an interception in the fourth quarter.

Concordia held the ball for a 28:00 and is now 2-0 when their opponents have more time of possession in the game. The Cobbers came away with a season-high 459 yards of total offense which marks the third game this season they have averaged over 400 yards. CC was 5-of-10 in third down conversions.

The Cobbers will stay on the road next weekend when they play at Carleton on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. at Laird Stadium in Northfield.      

comments powered by Disqus
Sep. 4: All times Eastern
8:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Tex. A&M-Commerce
Audio
Sep. 5: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Anna Maria at Worcester State
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Albright at Kean
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Widener at Rowan
Live Stats Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
WPI at Curry
Live Stats Live Stats
7:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Salve Regina at Bridgewater State
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
William Paterson at SUNY-Maritime
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Ursinus at TCNJ
Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Becker
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
Live Stats Video
7:30 PM
McDaniel at Catholic
Live Stats Audio
7:30 PM
Trine at Manchester
Live Stats Live Stats Audio Audio
8:00 PM
Waldorf at UW-Whitewater
Live Stats
Sep. 6: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Endicott at Framingham State
Live Stats Video
12:00 PM
Dickinson at Hobart
Live Stats Video Audio
12:00 PM
Holland College (PEI, Canada) at Maine Maritime
Preview Video
12:00 PM
Otterbein at St. John Fisher
Live Stats Audio Audio
12:00 PM
Union at Ithaca
12:00 PM
Pomona-Pitzer at MIT
Preview Video
12:00 PM
Husson at Alfred
Video
12:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Johns Hopkins
Live Stats Video
12:00 PM
Cortland State at Buffalo State
Live Stats
1:00 PM
St. Lawrence at Coast Guard
Video
1:00 PM
Thomas More at Wesley
Preview Live Stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Castleton State
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Ferrum
Audio
1:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Averett
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Wabash
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Rose-Hulman at Kalamazoo
Live Stats Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Wilmington at Olivet
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
King's at Moravian
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Alfred State at Morrisville State
Preview Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Lycoming
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Brockport State
1:00 PM
Utica at Misericordia
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Montclair State
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Southern Virginia at Methodist
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Marietta at Kenyon
1:00 PM
Merchant Marine at Apprentice
1:00 PM
Muhlenberg at Wilkes
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Sewanee at DePauw
Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Bluffton
Live Stats
1:30 PM
Adrian at Defiance
Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
RPI at Norwich
Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
Alma at Heidelberg
1:30 PM
Berry at Maryville (Tenn.)
Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
Bridgewater (Va.) at Gettysburg
Live Stats Video Video Audio
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Waynesburg
Audio
1:30 PM
St. Vincent at John Carroll
Live Stats Audio
1:30 PM
Mount Union at Bethany
Preview Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
Juniata at Grove City
Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Franklin at Illinois Wesleyan
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Rhodes at Austin
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Carleton at Macalester
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
UW-Platteville at Buena Vista
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Ohio Northern at Washington U.
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at St. John's
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Crown at Gustavus Adolphus
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Jamestown
Audio
2:00 PM
Simpson at Iowa Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Hope at Monmouth
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Lawrence at Rockford
2:00 PM
Carroll at Lakeland
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Loras
2:00 PM
Millikin at Greenville
Audio
2:00 PM
Coe at Wheaton (Ill.)
2:00 PM
Presentation at Luther
Video
2:00 PM
Martin Luther at Maranatha Baptist
Video
2:00 PM
MacMurray at Culver-Stockton
2:00 PM
Eureka at Knox
2:00 PM
UW-Stout at Dakota Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
Video
2:00 PM
Ripon at St. Scholastica
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Hendrix at Westminster (Mo.)
Video
2:10 PM
UW-Eau Claire at St. Thomas
Audio Audio
3:00 PM
St. Norbert at Carthage
Live Stats Video
4:00 PM
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Puget Sound
4:00 PM
Lewis and Clark at Whitworth
Live Stats Video
4:00 PM
College of Idaho at Pacific
Live Stats Video Audio
4:30 PM
Arizona Christian at George Fox
5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
6:00 PM
Salisbury at Christopher Newport
6:00 PM
Augustana at Mount St. Joseph
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Carnegie Mellon at Case Western Reserve
Preview Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Stevenson at N.C. Wesleyan
Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
Butler at Wittenberg
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
Preview Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
Wooster at Washington and Jefferson
Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
Geneva at Frostburg State
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Taylor (Ind.) at Anderson
Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
Hiram at Westminster (Pa.)
7:00 PM
Denison at Earlham
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Guilford
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Aurora at Illinois College
7:00 PM
Albion at UW-Stevens Point
Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at North Park
7:00 PM
Beloit at Chicago
Live Stats
7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Howard Payne at Trinity (Texas)
Audio
7:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Millsaps
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Sul Ross State at Texas Lutheran
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Robert Morris-Chicago at UW-Oshkosh
7:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at Dubuque
Live Stats Video
7:30 PM
Hanover at Centre
Video Audio
7:30 PM
Central at Benedictine
Live Stats Video Audio
8:00 PM
St. Olaf at Northwestern (Minn.)
8:00 PM
Hamline at Minnesota-Morris
Live Stats Video
8:00 PM
Lake Forest at Wisconsin Lutheran
Live Stats Audio
8:00 PM
Wartburg at Augsburg
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
8:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
Dec. 20: All times Eastern
Final
at UW-Whitewater 52, Mount Union 14
@ Salem Stadium; Salem, Va.
Recap Photos Photos
Dec. 14: All times Eastern
Final
UW-Whitewater 16, at Mary Hardin-Baylor 15
Recap Recap Photos
Final
at Mount Union 41, North Central (Ill.) 40
Box Score Recap Recap Photos

What We're Reading