Concordia’s season has come down to a three-game schedule. The Cobbers have won three straight games and are now at 5-2 overall and 3-2 in the MIAC. If CC can win its final three games of the year they have a chance to finish in the top 3 of the conference for the first time since 2008. They will also have a chance to make the NCAA playoffs for the first time since 2005.
This week the Cobbers travel to St. Paul to take on Hamline. Last year Concordia used a 23-point first half to roll to a 30-3 win. CC is 3-0 on the road this season and will be looking to win for the 10th straight time at Klas Field.
Fans can follow the action on the web by going to the live broadcasts link at the bottom of the athletic website: Concordia vs Hamline Live Audio/Stats
Cobber Football Gameday Links
– Complete Cobber Gameday Preview (pdf)
– Concordia Football Page
– Hamline Football Page
– Concordia vs. Hamline 2010 Game Recap
– Last Week – Cobber Game Recap vs. Augsburg
– Last Week – Hamline Game Recap vs. St. Thomas
– Cobber 2011 Season Stats
– Hamline 2011 Season Stats
– Cobber NCAA Stats Team/Individual Rankings
– Hamline NCAA Stats Team/Individual Rankings
– MIAC Standings and Stats
– MIAC Week 8 Preview
Cobber Head Coach Terry Horan Video Preview
Cobber Football Gameday Preview
Concordia College (5-2/3-2 MIAC)
Hamline University (0-6/0-4 MIAC)
October 22, 2011
St. Paul, Minn.
GAME TIME: 1 p.m.
RADIO: Live on 1660 AM in the F-M area with Larry Knutson doing the play-by-play and Chris Ohm adding the color commentary. Also live on the internet via the Concordia website at www.gocobbers.com.
SERIES: Concordia leads 53-13
SERIES STARTED: 1936
SERIES SYNOPSIS: Concordia has won the last 19 meetings between the two teams. The last time the Pipers prevailed was in 1991 when they won 30-20 in St. Paul. Since then Concordia has won nine straight over the Pipers at Klas Field. In that road stretch since 1991, the Cobbers have outscored Hamline 187-73 and only allowed more than seven points in a single game on two occasions. The two times that HU scored more than seven points against CC were both one-point victories for the Cobbers (27-26/1996;18-17/2008)…Concordia has scored at least 34 points in three of the last four meetings between the two teams. The exception was last year’s 30-3 win. During that time Concordia has outscored the Pipers 204-52…the most points ever scored by a team in a single game is 64. That occurred in Concordia’s 64-14 win in 1955…CC Head Coach Terry Horan is 10-0 against the Pipers.
LAST YEAR: Last year Concordia jumped out to a 23-3 lead at the half and then shut down the Pipers in the third and fourth quarters to come away with a 30-3 victory. The Cobbers outgained the Pipers 401-207 in total offense and were 5-for-7 in Red Zone chances. CC also converted on 7 of their 13 third-down chances as compared to only 3-for-14 for Hamline. Cobber quarterback Michael Dunham threw for three scores and was 21-for-32 for 253 yards. Bronson Shepherd caught nine passes for 95 yards and also had two TD’s. Concordia also came away with four sacks and three interceptions in the game.
(What you need to know about Saturday’s Concordia/Hamline match-up)
– Match-Up of the Day: Cobber Pass Offense vs. Piper Secondary
The key in the Cobbers’ win over the Pipers in 2010 was Concordia’s ability to throw the ball. CC had 36 pass attempts and racked up 273 passing yards. They will need to do the same to have success on Saturday. The one bright spot for Hamline this season has been their ability to neutralize the opposing team’s passing attack. The Pipers rank third in the MIAC in pass defense, only allowing 157.0 yards per game. The CC pass offense is fifth in the league, averaging 194.1 ypg. Concordia has only thrown for over 200 yards in two games this year.
– The Cobbers are 3-0 on the road this year and undefeated in the month of October (3-0).
– Concordia is 5-0 this season when they lead at halftime and 4-0 when they lead after the first quarter. The Cobbers are 0-2 when trailing at halftime.
– CC has outscored its opponents 119-74 in the second half this year. That includes an 85-40 margin in the fourth quarter alone.
– The Cobbers lead the MIAC in turnover margin. Concordia is +10 on the year. CC is 21st in the nation in turnover margin.
– The CC defense has forced a league-leading 18 turnovers. CC is 5-0 this season when their opponent has more turnovers.
– The Cobbers are still second in the MIAC in rushing offense. CC is averaging 218.0 rushing yards per game and has rushed for over 200 yards in all but one game this year.
– Concordia fullback Brett Baune moved up one spot from last week and is now fifth in the MIAC in rushing (82.4 ypg). He also leads the league lead in overall touchdowns with 14. He has scored at least one TD in all seven games. Baune is 12th in the nation in scoring average.
– Baune needs five more TD’s to tie the school record for most TD’s in a single season. Adam Swingdorf had 19 (18 rush/1 pass) in 2007.
– CC quarterback Michael Dunham needs 295 yards to break the school record for career passing yards set by Ethan Pole from 1995-98. His 560 career completions are 92 shy of Pole’s record of 667.
– Dunham has not thrown an interception in the team’s three road games this year. All four of his interceptions on the year have come at home.
– Three Cobbers lead the MIAC in stat categories. Bryce Hentges leads in interceptions with four while Bronson Shepherd leads the conference in total receptions (40) and receptions per game (5.71) and defensive lineman Paul Streich is first in overall sacks (4).
– The Cobber defense is fifth in the MIAC in overall defense (324.9). CC is third against the run (107.7) and ninth against the pass (217.1).
– The Cobber defense continues to be in the top 10 in the nation in sacks. Concordia is fourth in the nation in sacks (4.00). They have had at least two sacks in all seven games this year.
– Concordia is the least penalized team in the MIAC. The Cobbers are only averaging 26.6 penalty yards per game and have only committed 24 total penalties. They have only been flagged for more than four penalties in one game this year.
– The Cobbers lead the MIAC in first downs this season (152). They have one more than league-leading St. Thomas.
– Hamline enters the game on Saturday having lost 12 straight games in a streak that dates back to last season. The Pipers have been shutout in four straight games and in five of their six this season. HU is averaging 3.3 points per game this year.
– The Pipers have had the lead in only one game this year. HU led for 41:33 in their game against Augsburg.
– Hamline has not scored a point in the second or third quarter of any game this season. They are being outscored 99-0 in those two periods combined. The Pipers’ best quarter is the fourth where they are being outscored 27-6.
– The Pipers are ninth in the MIAC in rush offense (84.3), ninth in pass offense (76.5) and ninth in total offense (160.8). Hamline is eighth in rush defense (204.3), third in pass defense (157.0) and seventh in total defense (361.3).
– Hamline has not thrown for over 100 yards in a single game this season and has not completed more than nine passes in a single game.
– Piper punter Alex Ferguson is third in the MIAC in punt average. He is averaging 36.9 yards per punt. He has punted 44 times which is almost twice as much as the next punter in the MIAC.
– Sophomore Tim Queck is fifth in the MIAC in kick return average (17.9).
– Freshman defensive back Damon Woods is tied for fourth in the MIAC in interceptions (2) and passes defended (1.00/game).
– John-Michael Vandenberg is 11th in the MIAC in total tackles per game (8.0). He has not led the team in tackles in any single game this season but has been second on the team in tackles in the last five straight games.