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Another Thursday means it is time to release the weekly Cobber football preview. This week we take an in-depth look at Concordia’s game against Gustavus. The two teams will square off on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 1:30 p.m. The game was moved back 30 minutes to accommodate the Homecoming festivities at Gustavus.

Fans can follow the action on the web by going to the live broadcasts link at the bottom of the athletic website: Concordia vs St. Thomas Live Audio/Stats

Cobber Football Gameday Links
Complete Cobber Gameday Preview (pdf)
Gustavus Football Page
Cobber Game Recap vs. St. Thomas
Gustavus Game Recap vs. St. Olaf
Cobber 2011 Season Stats
Gustavus 2011 Season Stats
Cobber NCAA Stats Team/Individual Rankings
Gustavus NCAA Stats Team/Individual Rankings
MIAC Standings and Stats
MIAC Week 5 Preview

Cobber Head Coach Terry Horan Video Preview

Cobber Football Gameday Preview
Concordia College (2-2/0-2 MIAC)
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Gustavus Adolphus College (0-3/0-1 MIAC)
October 1, 2011

Hollingsworth Stadium
St. Peter, Minn.

GAME TIME: 1:30 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: Gustavus leads 44-34-2
SERIES STARTED: 1920
SERIES SYNOPSIS: Although Concordia has won six of the last nine meetings between the two teams, the Gusties have won the past two games – both played in Moorhead. The road teams have won the last five games played between the two teams. The last team to win at home was Concordia back in 2005. Concordia has won the last four games played in St. Peter in a streak that dates back to 2000. Overall, the Cobbers are 13-25-1 at Gustavus. However, CC is 7-3 against GAC in the last 10 games played at Hollingsworth Stadium…head coach Terry Horan is 6-4 lifetime against Gustavus.

LAST YEAR: Last year Concordia scored on the opening drive of the game but then gave up 28 consecutive points and lost 38-14 in Moorhead in the annual Homecoming game. The big play of the game came at the end of the first half when CC fumbled a punt return and Gustavus was able to score the go-ahead TD after taking control of the ball on the Cobber 19-yard line. The other key point of the game was fourth down conversions. The Gusties were 5-for-7 on fourth down attempts and held the ball for an even 25:00 in their six scoring drives. Overall GAC had a 38:14-21:246 advantage in time of possession. Both teams earned 21 first downs and Gustavus had a 403-328 yard advantage in total offensive yards. Concordia rushed for only 57 yards in the game while GAC was able to gain 147 yards on the ground. Jeffrey Dubose rushed for 107 yards on 28 carries to lead Gustavus. CC was led by QB Michael Dunham who was 20-for-38 for 271 yards and 2 TD’s.

Gameday Kickoff  
(What you need to know about Saturday’s Concordia/Gustavus match-up)
Match-Up of the Day: CC Rush Offense vs. GAC Rush Defense For the second straight week the game might hinge upon the rushing game. The Cobber rush offense is second in the MIAC in overall games, averaging 213.8 yards per game. The Gustavus rush defense is last in the MIAC, allowing 197.3 yards per game. Both units are coming off below average performances. The CC offense gained only 52 yards on the ground against St. Thomas while the GAC defense gave up 296 rushing yards against St. Olaf.
– Today’s game is the 81st meeting between the two MIAC football programs.
– Gustavus holds a 44-34-2 lead in the series. The visiting team has won the last five games in the series.
Cobber Notes
– The Cobbers are now third in the MIAC in total offense. CC is one of three teams in the MIAC averaging over 400 offensive yards per game. Concordia is averaging 414.2 yards per game in their first four games this year.
– CC quarterback Michael Dunham is coming of a 300-yard-plus passing game against St. Thomas . He now needs 852 yards to break the school record for career passing yards set by Ethan Pole from 1995-98. His 535 career completions are 132 shy of Pole’s record of 667.
– Concordia junior fullback Brett Baune scored two more TD’s against St. Thomas last Saturday and now has eight on the season. That is second best in the MIAC and he is currently 13th in NCAA Division III in points per game.
– The Cobber defense continues to shine in the second half when it comes to allowing points. The Cobbers have given up only 34 points combined in the final two quarters of play and are outscoring their opponents 70-34 in the second half.
– Overall, Concordia is fifth in the MIAC in average points allowed (25.8 ppg) and third in rushing defense (116.5).
– Concordia leads the MIAC in first downs in 2001, averaging 21.5 per game. The Cobbers are also tops in fourth-down conversion (81.8%).
– The newly tagged “Black Shirt” defense is 11th in Division III in sacks – averaging 4.25 per game. They have had at least 3.0 sacks in three of the four games this year and last week had 2.0 vs. UST.
– Concordia is second in the MIAC in both time of possession and penalties. CC is averaging 33:05 in time of possession in their first four games and have committed only 15 penalties for 130 penalty yards.
Gustie Notes
– Gustavus is 0-3 on the season and coming off a 44-26 loss at St. Olaf last week. The Gusties gave up 28 points in the second half after trailing 16-14 at the half.
– The second half has given Gustavus trouble in their first three games. They have been outscored 46-19 in the final two quarters of play.
– Another area of concern for Gustavus is in turnover margin. The Gusties have only forced one miscue in their first three games of the year and have turned the ball over four times for a -3 turnover margin on the year.
– Gustavus is third in the MIAC in Red Zone offense. The good news is that they have converted on five of their eight chances inside the Red Zone. The bad news is that they are eighth out of nine teams in Red Zone chances.
– The Gusties are eighth in the league in both overall offense (256.7 ypg) and defense (373.3 ypg).
– Gustavus leads the MIAC in kickoff coverage. Kicker Tom Huepenbecker has two touchbacks on the year and the team is averaging 43.2 net yards per kickoff.
– Huepenbecker, who doubles as the team’s punter, is second in the MIAC in punt average. He is averaging 38.8 yards per kick in his first 13 punts of the year.
– Junior linebacker Alec Saunders is second in the MIAC in tackles per game (10.7).

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Cobber swimming and diving head coach Julie Lucier was featured in an article in the Fargo Forum on Wednesday. The article describes Lucier’s study of mental training and how she uses it with her team and other athletes.

Article reprinted courtesy of Fargo Forum and reporter Eric Peterson.

Julie Lucier’s first foray into mental training was when she was a freshman track athlete at Concordia in the late 1980s.

Lucier (her last name was Stenberg at the time) and her teammates did visualization drills in an effort to improve their individual performance.

“I had a bad feeling about it because of my experience in college,” said Lucier, who was a distance runner. “We were asked to visualize the whole race and I couldn’t do it. We weren’t told why we were doing it. We weren’t told the research and the background and why it was supposed to work.”

These days, Lucier is a believer in mental training and its benefits. The head women’s swimming coach at Concordia is writing a manual on the subject.

Lucier has been using mental training techniques with her team the past seven seasons and has worked with athletes from other Concordia sports teams over the last few years. This school year, Lucier is working with 50 athletes, including her swimming team.

“I developed a program for my team because I felt we weren’t as mentally tough as we could be,” said Lucier, who earned her master’s degree from North Dakota State, where she did her thesis on mental training.

Lucier has developed written tests (which can vary by sport) for athletes she mental trains to take an inventory in six areas – nervousness, concentration, resilience, motivation, confidence and uncontrollables. From there, Lucier can target those areas in which the athlete scores the lowest.

“It’s very rare that I have a college athlete with six lows,” Lucier said. “That’s never happened. Typically it’s four good sections and two lower ones, or five good and just one to work on.”

Lucier said in the last couple years, her swim team has needed the most work in concentration.

To illustrate how mental training can help with concentration, Lucier talked about a linebacker on the Concordia football team that she once worked with. He was an A-student in pre-med, a gifted athlete and knew the playbook inside and out. The player was in charge of calling the plays for the defense, but was misreading keys.

“I told his coach that I really felt like he’s a guy with a really narrow focus,” Lucier said. “It’s probably why he’s going to be a great doctor someday because people who can have a narrow focus are generally good at studying, taking tests.”

A linebacker calling the plays, however, is best suited by a player who has a wider focus. So Lucier suggested the player move to a position that required a narrower focus.

“He moved to defensive end and he was an all-conference player,” Lucier said. “That’s a simple thing. It’s challenging to teach an athlete to be wider. … In football, the nice thing is there are positions that need a very narrow focus and a wide focus, so a lot of times you can just switch positions.”

Katie Coleman completed her college swimming and diving career at Concordia last school year. She is a four-time school record holder for the Cobbers. Coleman said the mental training skills she learned helped make her a better swimmer.

“One of the most helpful things was taking the inventory,” Coleman said. “Being aware of what I needed to work on was super helpful. … By the time I was a sophomore, I was a believer.”

Lucier hopes to have a manuscript for her manual – which will be titled “Train the Brain” – done by the end of the year.

“I care about the theories, but I really want something that is practical,” Lucier said. “I think it’s really important to teach the athletes about the research.”

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Both the Cobber volleyball and women’s soccer teams stayed anchored in the top 25 of Division III. The CC volleyball team dropped a pair of spots and is now ranked 12th in the latest AVCA poll while the Cobber women’s soccer team is currently ranked 22nd after being ranked 16th last week.

The Concordia volleyball team is currently 13-3 on the season and is 2-1 in conference play. They have been ranked in the top 25 of the nation the entire season and have been nationally rated for 74 of the past 81 weeks. The Cobbers will host No.11-ranked St. Thomas on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. CC is coming off a 3-0 win over St. Kate’s on Saturday.

The Cobber women’s soccer team has also been ranked inside the top 25 the entire year. Concordia is 4-1-3 on the season. They will host St. Mary’s on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m.

AVCA Division III Coaches Top 25 Poll
Week #4: September 27, 2011
1. Calvin (22) 14-0
2. Washington-St. Louis (2) 14-0
3. Wittenberg 12-1
4. Emory 17-1
5. Eastern 15-1
6. Christopher Newport 14-2
7. Carthage 13-2
8. Heidelberg 13-2
9. Southwestern (Texas) 12-2
10. Juniata 10-4
11. St. Thomas (Minn.) 12-2
12. Concordia (Minn.) 12-3
13. Hope 12-2
14. Colorado College 13-4
15. Cal Lutheran 10-4
16. Chicago 15-1
17. Puget Sound 11-1
18. UMass-Boston 8-2
19. SUNY Cortland 17-0
20. Pacific Lutheran 10-2
21. Springfield 15-0
22. UW-Whitewater 10-4
23. UW-Platteville 10-5
24. Elmhurst 13-3
25. Occidental 9-4

Others Receiving Votes: Bethel (Minn.) 27; McMurry 15; Wartburg 13; Wisconsin-Oshkosh 13; Washington & Lee 12; Whitworth 10; Tufts 8; Bethany (WV) 6; Millikin 5; Coe 4; Alma 2

NCAA Rankings  National  Women
Division III  4th Poll  – September 27, 2011
1. Messiah (Pa.)    6-0-1
2. William Smith (N.Y.)    7-0-1
3. Wheaton (Ill.)  8-0-0
4. Emory (Ga.)   7-0-1
5. Trinity (Texas) 8-0-0
6. Johns Hopkins (Md.) 8-0-0
7. Williams (Mass.)  4-1-1
8. Hardin-Simmons (Texas)  6-1-0
9. Wartburg (Iowa)   7-0-1
10. Virginia Wesleyan  10-0-0
11. Illinois Wesleyan  7-1-0
12. Washington (Mo.) 7-1-0
13. Centre (Ky.)  6-1-0
14. Ithaca (N.Y.)   5-0-2
14. Transylvania (Ky.)  7-1-0
16. College of New Jersey 5-1-0
17. California Lutheran 7-1-0
18. Amherst (Mass.)  5-0-0
19. UW-Stevens Point 6-2-0
20. U. of Chicago  5-2-0
21. Wheaton (Mass.)  6-1-2
22. Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.) 4-0-3  
23. Union (N.Y.)  7-1-0
24. Skidmore (N.Y.) 6-2-0
25. Ohio Northern 5-1-2

Also receiving votes: Arcadia (Pa.), Tufts (Mass.), Roanoke (Va.), St. Olaf (Minn.), Puget Sound (Wash.), Haverford (Pa.)

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This week the Monday Mess skips over Halloween and heads right into Thanksgiving. We wanted to be the first to offer our take on being thankful – thereby beating everyone else by a full month-and-a-half.

This past weekend taught the Mess several lessons – many of which had to do with how to be a person of character. However, the most important lesson that was lacking over the weekend was the simple common courtesy of saying “thank you”.

While the world becomes more advanced in almost every facet of life, The Mess feels we are taking a step backwards in the basic manners department. The biggest pet peeve at the Mess is when someone goes out of their way to make your life easier and is not afforded the common courtesy of being told “thank you”.

It doesn’t take very long to look someone in the eye after they hold a door, pick up a dropped grocery item or clean up your mess (no pun intended) and tell them “thank you”. The Mess now understands that there are people in the world that get this principle and are genuinely nice. Then there are those that feel they are entitled to everything and anything. They feel people should grant them favors, and make their life easier, without ever having to say thank you. These people completely bypass any sort of human kindness and lack the gene of appreciation. The Mess should know since we got a first hand account of the entitled this weekend.

There was however one shining example of gratitude bestowed on The Mess this weekend. After making sure that the good neighbor folks at WCCO had everything they needed to broadcast the football game, The Mess received a very nice thank you e-mail from outstanding play-by-play broadcaster Dave Lee.

The Mess would like to beat the holiday rush and say “thank you” to all the people we work with in Cobberville.  The Concordia athletic staff is made up of thoughtful people who have character and class throughout the year. We appreciate the fact that we never have to make excuses for any of the coaches when The Mess talks to colleagues or people outside the department. It is nice to hear from others that one of the CC coaches “was very appreciative” and went out of their way to say “thank you”.

There are times when we wonder why we continue to work, and live, in an area that has brutally cold wind chills in January and February, a winter that lasts for five months and a spring that consists solely of flood fighting. The Mess then realizes what makes this job so great – the people. Those classy people completely outweigh any of the negative stereotypes people have of Concordia and the F-M area. What is more, The Mess could never work at a school in a more attractive location where you continually had to deal with people who feel entitled and where you continually had to explain that “the coach is really not that bad of a person…”

So, to all the people that make the Mess’ job easier – a thousand times a thousand thank yous. If we ever forgot to express our gratitude we are sorry and will make sure it never happens again.

Finally, let The Mess be the first to say that we are very thankful for the coaches, and personnel we work with every day. In the end, that is how the real winner is determined.

The Monday Mess Video of the Week
Once again we offer a touching, inspirational video for the theme of this week’s Monday Mess. Since the baseball regular season is heading into its final week and we are about to begin the playoffs, The Mess thought we would offer a great story about a boy who just wanted to be able to play the game and was thankful he got the chance. This video is a bit longer (13:36) but well worth the watch 


The Rest of the Mess
It was a relatively quiet weekend for The Mess. No equipment catastrophes, no sickness, no security guard high-jinx. It was just a nice fall Family Weekend. The only depressing part of the weekend came from being a Minnesota sports fan. The Twins have spiraled out of control and are no longer a staple in the Mess’ office, the Gopher football team once again lost to NDSU sending the area into a Bison frenzy and the Vikings decided pack it in after 30 minutes for the third straight week.

Despite the lousy Minnesota sports weekend there were several bright spots from the Cobber athletic teams over the weekend. The volleyball team got back to their winning ways and swept St. Kate’s on Saturday (this is always appreciated since the last thing The Mess needs on a home tripleheader Saturday is to have the third contest last for hours!). The women’s soccer team remained unbeaten. They are one of only six teams in the entire MIAC in football, volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer that hasn’t lost a game. Sure, they have three ties, but they have not lost a game this season and they have now posted three straight shutouts.

The individual sport athletes also had success over the weekend. The men’s golf team won the Macalester Invite while women’s golf athlete Holly Karkela fired a 76 on Saturday at the SMSU Invite. That is the lowest 18-hole score by a CC women’s golfer since the 2008 season. Finally, women’s tennis player Andi Rognlien made it to the quarterfinals in the prestigious ITA Fall Tournament held at Gustavus. Andi will definitely be featured on a later edition of The Mess as her comeback story is unbelievable.

All in all, it was a very nice first weekend of fall.

The Mess Weekend Media Rewind
Fargo Forum feature article on CC assistant football Dan Kostich & family
Fargo Forum game recap from the Cobber/St. Thomas football game
Video Highlights of the Cobber/St. Thomas football game
Video Highlights of the Cobber/St. Kate’s volleyball match
Fargo Forum Area Voices Article On CC Volleyball making AVCA Top 10

The Mess Picture of the Weekend
This week’s picture of the weekend was taken during the men’s soccer game against Carleton on Saturday. Once again the winning picture features great facial expressions and captures one of the unique aspects about soccer – the head ball. In the pic, CC senior Ethan Vogel goes up high to win the header over a Carleton attacker)
(You can click on the picture to see the larger version to get the full effect)

The Mess Photo Galleries of the Weekend
Check out the award-winning picture galleries from the weekend. We have had over 1,000 views on these galleries since Saturday night.
Football vs. Thomas
Men’s Soccer vs. Carleton
Volleyball vs. St. Catherine
Men’s & Women’s Cross Country at Roy Griak Invite

* Special thanks goes out to Sheldon Green and Isaac Vatnsdal who took the awesome pictures from football, soceer and volleyball and to Nathan Lodermeier who posts the x-country pics on the team’s Facebook page.

Click here to view all the galleries from the Cobber SID Flickr Page

“Now That’s A Big Mess” Stat Line of the Weekend
This week’s Big Mess Stat Line of the Week goes to Cobber senior quarterback Michael Dunham who was 26-for-41 for 329 passing yards and two TD passes. The 329 passing yards is a career high for Dunham and it is the third highest single-game total in program history. Dunham now needs 852 passing yards to break the school record for career passing yards.

Social Media Mess of the Week
Each week we will honor the best Cobber Twitter Tweet or Cobber Facebook post that we come across with our Twitter account or Facebook account

This week’s Social Media Mess of the Week winner comes from Sarah Fleissner’s Facebook page who showed her true colors after the Vikings game: “ No matter what happens, I’ll always be a Vikings fan, I’m not a fair-weather one like half of you seem to be.”

The Mess likes fans who stick with teams through the good and bad. It’s too easy these days to point fingers and find a new team to root for if things are going bad. And The Mess knows that things are going bad for Minnesota sports fans these days.

Queen of the Mess
This week’s Queen of the Mess is women’s soccer goalie Ali Nelson. Nelson posted another shutout over the weekend and helped keep the nationally ranked Cobbers unbeaten on the year. She stopped all 11 shots she faced against Carleton to preserve the 0-0 double overtime tie. Nelson has not allowed a goal in three straight games and has four shutouts on the season. She currently has 22 career shutouts and needs seven more to break the school’s all-time shutout record.

King of the Mess
This week’s King of the Mess is Concordia senior running back Chris Gilson. Gilson electrified the Family Weekend football crowd of almost 5,000 people when he took a short slant pass and turned it into a 76-yard TD catch on the third play of the game against No.3-ranked St. Thomas. The play gave CC a 7-0 lead and provided a brief glimmer of an upset chance. The 76-yard reception was also the fourth longest in program history. Gilson finished the day with four catches for a career-high 115 receiving yards. It is the most receiving yards by a CC player since Jake Krause had 164 against Gustavus in 2009.

The Tom Burnett Unsung Hero of the Week
This week’s Tom Burnett Unsung Hero of the Week goes to Cobber men’s soccer goalie Peter Runquist who has been playing with a fractured bone in his hand for the past couple of games (not the best injury to have if you are a soccer goalie!). Runquist fractured a bone in his hand against Augustana on Sept. 11. He then sat out the game against Hamline on Sept. 14 but has played the last two contests against Gustavus and Carleton. Despite having to severely wrap his hand and wear a special goalie glove, Runquist has fought through the pain and kept the Cobber defense intact. On Saturday he made two saves against the Knights and came up with several crossing chances in the area.

The Mess Fans of the Week

This week’s Mess Fans of the Week come from Cobber Nation. The Mess would like to say “thank you” to the Cobber Nation for all their support during football games. The Mess would also like to invite them to all the other sporting events on campus especially Wednesday’s volleyball match against St. Thomas.

Nothing says Cobber school spirit like a fuzzy gold wig, a megaphone and a beanie!

We need reader submissions! Please send your Cobber fan pictures to: cobbersportsinformation@gmail.com.  Remember – the winning entry receives a special Cobber prize!

Fresh Mess of the Week – Fairways and Greens Revisted!
For the second straight week the Fresh Mess of the Week goes to a women’s golfer. Last week we honored Amy Mireault. This week the award goes to teammate Holly Karkela who tied for medalist honors at the UM-Morris Invite on Wednesday and then shot the lowest round for any Cobber this season at the SMSU Invite on Saturday. Karkela fired an 83 at Pomme De Terre GC in Morris during the week and then opened the weekend invite by carding a 76 at the Marshall GC. The 76 is the lowest round for a CC player since the 2008 season when Afton Pender carded a 75 at the Red River Invitational. Karkela is now second on the team in scoring this year with an 84.5 average. Last year the top CC player had a scoring average of 90.7.

Upcoming Mess Game of the Week
– #10 Volleyball at home vs. #12 St. Thomas – Wed., Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.

This week’s Mess Game of the Week might even take Mess Game of the Year honors. It is not often you have two teams ranked in the top 15 of the nation play in Moorhead. Then you add the extra dimension of having the game possibly determine the MIAC regular-season title and you have a game of mammoth proportions.

The Cobbers and Tommies will tangle on the soccer field on Tuesday and then finish off the fall version of Cobber/Tommie week on Wednesday when the top two volleyball programs in the MIAC will square off at 7 p.m. in Memorial Auditorium. If there is one volleyball match you see all season, make it this one. It will feature a pair of teams that have 26 wins and only five losses combined in 2011. These two programs are responsible for 73 conference victories in the past four years combined. Be sure to check this one out.

That’s it for this week’s Mess. Now go out and be sure to say “thank you” when someone does something to make your life easier. After all, tis’ the season of Thanksgiving!

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Once again we offer up a closer look at this week’s Cobber football game. On Saturday the Cobbers host No.3-ranked St. Thomas as part of the annual Family Weekend celebration.

Fans can follow the action on the web by going to the live broadcasts link at the bottom of the athletic website: Concordia vs St. Thomas Live Audio/Stats

Cobber Football Gameday Links
Complete Cobber Gameday Preview (pdf)
St. Thomas Game Notes
St. Thomas Football Page
Cobber Game Recap vs. St. John’s
St. Thomas Game Recap vs. St. Olaf
Cobber 2011 Season Stats
St. Thomas 2011 Season Stats
MIAC Standings and Stats
MIAC Week 4 Preview

Cobber Head Coach Terry Horan Video Preview

Cobber Football Gameday Preview
#3 University of St. Thomas (3-0/1-0 MIAC)
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Concordia College (2-1/0-1 MIAC)
September 24, 2011

Jake Christiansen Stadium
Moorhead, Minn.

GAME TIME: 1:10 p.m.
RADIO: Live on 1660 AM in the F-M area with Larry Knutson doing the play-by-play and Doug Perry adding the color commentary. Also live on the internet via the Concordia website at http://www.gocobbers.com.

SERIES: Concordia leads 37-31-0
SERIES STARTED: 1931
SERIES SYNOPSIS: St. Thomas has won the last three meetings in the series. The last time the Cobbers beat the Tommies was in 2007 when CC posted a 51-21 win in St. Paul. The last time that Concordia has recorded a win at home over UST was in 2005 (on Family Weekend!)…the 2006 CC victory capped a five-game win streak for the Cobbers…Concordia has only played UST three times at home since 2001 and only four times at The Jake in the past 15 years. CC is 3-4 against the Tommies at home since 1991…head coach Terry Horan is 5-5 lifetime against St. Thomas.

LAST YEAR: Last year the Cobbers gave up 28 second-quarter points to the Tommies in St. Paul and wound up losing 56-7. In the gloomy second quarter, Concordia was outscored 28-0, was outgained 223-27 in total offensive yards and had the ball almost half as much time as the Tommies. The Cobbers fumbled twice in the quarter which led to a pair of UST touchdowns. CC was also 0-for-3 on third down conversions in the quarter and had to punt three times as opposed to 2-for-3 and zero punts for St. Thomas.  The Cobbers hung tight in the first quarter. The Tommies took the opening kick and marched 60 yards on 15 plays but their 25-yard field goal attempt was wide right and Concordia took over still tied at 0-0. The two times the Cobbers had the ball in the opening period resulted in “three-and-out” possessions which resulted in the St. Thomas offense posting a pair of scores and tiring out the CC defense. In all, the Tommies scored on five straight possessions in the first and second quarters. By the time the first half was over Concordia trailed 35-0 and was 0-for-5 in third down conversions and had the ball for only 6:56 of the first 30:00 minutes. The Cobbers’ lone touchdown of the game came with 4:15 to play in the game. Senior fullback Sean Brandenburg hammered his way over from two yards to put Concordia on the scoreboard. UST wound up with 503 total offensive yards as compared to only 167 for CC. The Cobbers fumbled three times and had two passes picked off.

Gameday Kickoff  
(What you need to know about Saturday’s Concordia/St. Thomas match-up)
Match-Up of the Day: CC Rush Offense vs. UST Rush Defense Concordia is second in the MIAC in rushing this season, averaging 267.7 rushing yards per game while the St. Thomas defense is first in the MIAC against the run, giving up only 30.3 yards per game. CC is also 14th in the nation while UST is third in DIII against the run.
– Today’s game is the 69th meeting between the two MIAC football programs.
– The Cobbers hold a 37-31-0 lead in the series but have lost the last three meetings.
– The last time the Cobbers beat UST at “The Jake” was in 2005 – on Family Weekend..
– The Cobbers lead the MIAC in total offense. Concordia is averaging 425.3 total offensive yards per game and has gained at least 395 yards of total offense in all three games this season.
– Concordia has two players in the top 4 of the conference in rushing yards per game. Sophomore slot back Trent Johnson is third, averaging 98.7 rpg and junior Brett Baune is fourth with a 90.7 rpg average. Both players have rushed for over 125 yards in a single game this season.
– Baune is second in the MIAC in total TD’s this year. He has six touchdowns in the first three games and has at least one score in each of the first three games. The Cobber single season record for rushing TD’s is 18 set by Adam Swingdorf in 2007.
– CC quarterback Michael Dunham now needs 1,181 yards to break the school record for career passing yards set by Ethan Pole from 1995-98. His 509 career completions are 158 shy of Pole’s record of 667.
– The Cobber defense did not allow a point in the second half last week against St. John’s. The Cobbers have only conceded 14 points in the final two quarters of play.
– Overall, Concordia is fourth in the MIAC in average points allowed (18.3 ppg) and third in rushing defense.
– The newly tagged “Black Shirt” defense is sixth in Division III in sacks – averaging 4.67 per game. They have had at least 3.0 sacks in all three games and last week had 6.0 vs. SJU.
– Last week St. Thomas beat St. Olaf 49-14 in a game that saw UST take a 35-0 lead at the half. The Tommies have now outscored their opponents 65-10 in the first half. St. Thomas has not allowed a point in the second quarter of any game this year.
– The Tommies are second in the MIAC in average points allowed (14.3 ppg). They are also second in average points scored per game (38.0 ppg).
– UST is third in the MIAC in total offense (406.3 ypg). They have gained at least 370 total offensive yards in all three games and had 443 against the Oles last Saturday.
– St. Thomas is second in the conference in total defense (246 ypg) and that includes their league-leading rush total of 30.3 (rpg). Last week UST allowed 252 yards vs. St. Olaf.
– Tommie senior running back Colin Tobin is tied for fourth in the nation in scoring. Tobin is averaging 16.0 points per game this year and had four TD’s last week vs. St. Olaf.
– UST senior Fritz Waldvogel needs just 156 all-purpose yards and 161 kickoff return yards to set new St. Thomas career records in those categories

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MIAC Notebook – Sept. 21

Every week the MIAC puts out a weekly notebook that details all the top highlights from the conference teams the past week. Also featured are the top five stories from the conference.

Check out this week’s edition of the MIAC Notebook:

MIAC Notebook – Sept. 21, 2011

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After a five-year absence, Concordia has once again reached the top 10 in Division III volleyball. On the strength of their 3-1 record, and wins over the No.9 and No.12-ranked teams in the country, the Cobbers jumped into the top 10 of the nation in this week’s release of the AVCA DIII National Poll.

It is the first time that CC has been ranked in the top 10 of the nation since the end of the 2006 season when they spent the majority of the year perched in the top 10.

Concordia was ranked 15th last week but earned wins over #9 Juniata and #12 Colorado College to improve their overall season record 12-2 and jump five rankings slots. The Cobbers are now the highest ranked MIAC team. Defending MIAC regular-season champion St. Thomas dropped down to the No.12 spot after losing to Carthage (Ill.) and Southwestern (Texas) last week.

The Cobbers will now turn their attention to the bulk of the MIAC regular season. The Cobbers will play at Bethel on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. They will then return home to host St. Catherine on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 3 p.m.

AVCA Division III Coaches Top 25 Poll
1. Calvin (22) 11-0
2. Washington-St. Louis (2) 14-0
3. Wittenberg 8-1
4. Emory 13-1
5. Eastern 9-1
6. Christopher Newport 9-2
7. Carthage 11-2
8. Heidelberg 10-2
9. Southwestern (Texas) 9-2
10. Concordia (Minn.) 12-2
11. Juniata 6-4
12. St. Thomas (Minn.) 10-2
13. Hope 9-2
14. Colorado College 9-3
15. Cal Lutheran 7-4
16. Puget Sound 10-0
17. Chicago 11-0
18. UMass-Boston 5-2
19. Pacific Lutheran 9-1
20. SUNY Cortland 13-0
21. UW-Whitewater 8-3
22. Occidental 7-2
23. UW-Platteville 8-4
24. Wartburg 9-2
25. Springfield 10-0

Others Receiving Votes: MIT 21; Nebraska Wesleyan 20; Trinity (Texas) 20; Washington & Lee 15; St. Olaf 14; Coast Guard 12; Whitworth 11; Elmhurst 6; Bethany (WV) 2

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