Archive for October, 2011

Class is in session! Everyone get out your tablets, notebooks or smart phones and take notes as we go through the 5 things we learned on Judgment Saturday.

5 Things We Learned On Saturday, Oct. 29
1. Champions find a way to win
There is a difference between teams that have championship pedigree and those that are just struggling to get into that elite status. We came across this three times on Saturday.
1) The Cobber volleyball team took the best shot of St. Ben’s and then ran away with the match in the fifth set when the conference championship was on the line. The Blazers have always been a thorn in the side of CC – especially in St. Joseph but this year was different as the four Cobber seniors “refused to lose” and picked the team up and carried them to the No.1-seed-clinching win. For the record, they will be making their 11th consecutive trip to the league playoffs.
2) The Cobber women’s soccer entered the week needing two wins to earn a spot in their ninth consecutive MIAC playoff tournament. Guess what happened? That’s right, two straight wins and another trip to the postseason. The defending conference tournament champions are at their best in pressure situations and Saturday they dominated league-leading St. Ben’s to clinch the No.3 seed in the MIAC Tournament. Anyone going to bet against them next week? I didn’t think so.
3) The Bethel football team – fresh off a trip to the NCAA semifinals in 2010, found a way to earn a hard-fought victory against the Cobbers. The Royals made several key plays when the game was on the line to earn the win.

2. Seniors lead, everyone else hops on the bandwagon
There were several stars from Saturday and all were seniors. The four Cobber volleyball seniors (Ashley Beseman, Jenna Green, Amy Sykora and Katie Vohnoutka) were their usual shining selves, the women’s soccer team got two assists from senior Kelsey Swagger and the men’s cross country team watches senior Tom Sederquist shake off an injury-plagued season and post his second straight top 5 finish at the MIAC Meet.

3. It’s nice to have everyone back.
The Cobber men’s hockey team won their season-opener 3-2 over Gustavus on Saturday. CC returns all but two players from last year’s conference title game team. Against the Gusties they skated to a ho-hum win. It is the type of win they would have found a way to lose just two years ago. They have suddenly found the confidence to believe they will win every game and it shows in one-goal games against quality opponents (last year the Gusties made the playoffs and this year they were picked to finish second in the preseason poll).

4. Senior Days are emotional rollercoasters
Every season the final regular-season home game is dedicated to the seniors. And every season we are constantly amazed at all the emotion and pride that goes into the pre-game and post-game celebrations. From the flower ceremonies to the hugs and tears after the game, there is no better way to bring out emotion like the finality of playing in your final college games.

5. The power of the newspaper press is still strong
Despite the rumors that newspapers are on the way out, they are still one of the most powerful media outlets out there. We found out first hand on Saturday as the Cobber SID was profiled in the “My Saturday” feature in the Fargo Forum. The amount of people that stopped me on Saturday to say they had read the article was staggering. We are thankful for all the compliments and well wishes!

And that is what we learned on Saturday.

You can now put dow the tablets, notebooks or smart phones – here endeth the lesson.


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Concordia host its final regular-season home game of 2011 on Saturday when they square off against No.25-ranked Bethel at 1 p.m.

For the second straight home game, Concordia will play in the MIAC marque match-up game. Saturday’s game will have huge implications on the top 3 in the conference and a potential spot in the NCAA playoffs. The Cobbers can finish in second place with wins in their final two games. Both teams factor in the latest AVCA Division III national Poll. The Royals are currently ranked 25th while the
Cobbers are in the “also receiving votes category.”

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

Cobber Football Gameday Links
Complete Cobber Gameday Preview (pdf)
Concordia Football Page
Bethel Football Page
Concordia vs. Bethel 2010 Game Recap
Last Week – Cobber Game Recap vs. Hamline
Last Week – Bethel Game Recap vs. St. Thomas
Cobber 2011 Season Stats
Bethel 2011 Season Stats
Cobber NCAA Stats Team/Individual Rankings
Bethel NCAA Stats Team/Individual Rankings
MIAC Standings and Stats
MIAC Week 9 Preview

Cobber Head Coach Terry Horan Video Preview

Cobber Football Gameday Preview
#25 Bethel University (5-2/3-2 MIAC)
Concordia College (6-2/4-2 MIAC)
October 29, 2011

Jake Christiansen Stadium
Moorhead, 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 22-11-0
SERIES SYNOPSIS: Bethel has won four of the last five in the series. The only win for the Cobbers in that stretch came in 2008 – the last time the teams hooked up in Moorhead. Before those five games, Concordia had claimed three of the previous four. The Royals hold a 6-4 advantage in the last 10 games in the series. The previous 10 games have all been high-scoring affairs with at least 28 points being put on the board. The teams are combining to score an average of 51.2 points per game in the streak. The most points scored in a game came in 2007 when Bethel won 48-45 in triple overtime in one of the most exciting games ever played at “The Jake”…Concordia is 8-2 against BU in the last 10 games played in Moorhead but the teams have split the last four games played at “The Jake”…Cobber head coach Terry Horan is 4-6 vs. Bethel.

Last year Concordia was outscored 24-6 in the second half and lost 36-20 to Bethel in Arden Hills. The game was tied at halftime and was only an eight-point affair at the end of the third quarter before the Royals score a pair of fourth-quarter TD’s and pulled away to win by 16. Perhaps the biggest play of the game came with 5:00 gone in the fourth quarter, Concordia was on the Bethel 4-yard line and looked like they were going to cut the lead to one score when the Cobbers fumbled and a Royal defensive player scooped up the ball and rambled 92 yards before being tackled on the CC 5-yard line . Bethel then scored three plays later to put the game out of reach at 36-14 with 9:12 to play. The statistics were virtually even for the two teams. BU held a 388-384 edge in total offensive yards. CC almost doubled up the Royals in passing yardage (272-151) while Bethel returned the favor on the ground (237-112). The “thorn in the side” for Concordia on Saturday came in the turnover department. The Cobbers coughed the ball up four times against the Royals and were unable to come up with a turnover on defense. QB Michael Dunham led the CC attack while RB Logan Flannery was the key for BU. Dunham was 27-for-47 for 272 yards. Flannery scored four TD’s (3 rush/1 rec.) and had 89 rushing yards on 23 carries.

Gameday Kickoff  
(What you need to know about Saturday’s Concordia/Bethel match-up)
Match-Up of the Day: The CC Run Game vs. The BU Run Game
This is the first key match-up of the season that won’t directly square off against one another. It will basically be a game of football “horse” as the two top rushing teams in the conference try to outdo each other. The Royals lead the MIAC with a “ground and pound” attack that averages 264.422-11-0 yards per game. The Cobbers’ “smash and dash” attack averages 228.8 yards per game. The teams are also 1 and 2 in time of possession. CC leads the MIAC, holding onto the ball at an average of 32:26 per game while BU is second at 31:36. It will be a battle of offensive and defensive lines as well as both defenses are in the top 3 of the of the league  at stopping the rush.

Cobber Notes
– The Cobbers 2-2 at home this year but are undefeated in the month of October (3-0)
– Concordia is 6-0 this season when they lead at halftime and 5-0 when they lead after the first quarter. The Cobbers are 0-2 when trailing at halftime.
– The Cobbers lead the MIAC in turnover margin. Concordia is +9 on the year. The CC defense has forced a league-leading 19 turnovers. That is four more than they had in all of last year and ties for the most since 2005. CC is 5-0 this season when their opponent has more turnovers.
– Concordia also leads the MIAC in first downs (171), sacks (34) and 4th-down conversions (77.8).
– Concordia fullback Brett Baune is still fifth in the MIAC in rushing (81.5 ypg). He also leads the league lead in overall touchdowns with 16. He has scored at least one TD in all seven games.
– Baune needs four more TD’s to break the single-season touchdown record of 19 set by Adam Swingdorf in 2007.
-CC quarterback Michael Dunham needs 166 yards to break the school record for career passing yards set by Ethan Pole from 1995-98.
– Three Cobbers lead the MIAC in stat categories. Bryce Hentges leads in interceptions with four and defensive linemen Paul Streich and Robin Wisner are first in overall sacks (4).

Royal Notes
– Bethel enters Saturday’s game having lost two of their last four games. After starting the season at 3-0, the Royals are now 5-2 and coming off a loss at home against No.3-ranked St. Thomas. Despite their recent .500 stretch, BU is still ranked 25th in the latest AVCA national coaches poll and 20th in the  D3football.com national poll.
– Bethel is the second highest scoring team in the conference. The Royals are averaging 36.1 points per game in their first seven games. They have scored at least 40 points in four games including a 41-point nugget at St. John’s.
– BU also leads the MIAC in pass efficiency (150.2), 3rd-down conversion (51.6), opponent’s first downs (93), sacks against (5), opponent’s 4th-down conversions (25.0) and Red Zone offense (90.0).
– Bethel senior QB Josh Aakre leads the MIAC in pass efficiency. He has a rating of 158.6. He is also sixth in total offense and fifth in total TD’s
– Returning All-MIAC linebacker Billy Morgan is second in the MIAC in tackles per game. He is averaging 10.6 tackles per game and has at least 10 tackles in five of the team’s seven games.
– Bethel senior Kelson Carr leads the MIAC in kick return average. He is averaging 26.0 yards per return and has a season-long return of 65 yards.

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To paraphrase basketball wise man Allen Iverson – “We talkin’ about Previews – not a feature, not a feature, not a feature – we talkin’ about Previews…we talkin’ about Previews, how silly is that. I know that they are important, I honestly do.  But we talkin’ about Previews man. What are we talkin’ about? Previews.

And that is what The Mess rant is about this week – Previews. As the calendar turns the page on October and we head into November, we have now stumbled into the preview season (cue the theme music from Twilight Zone). Forget about Halloween. The real scary late-October tradition is previews.

In the coming weeks you will see previews for conference championship meets, previews for league playoffs, previews for NCAA Tournaments, previews for upcoming seasons and even previews for the upcoming conference previews. There is one thing the Mess has learned about previews (once again to paraphrase a hackneyed line) – everyone has one and they all stink!

Put it this way – The Mess would rather get a spinal tap and a root canal, at the same time, than write a preview. Nothing good ever comes from a preview and nothing original is ever written in a preview. The Mess has never had a coach, player, parent or fan come up to us and say, “that was the best preview I have ever read – you really did a great job.” Nope, no sir. In fact it is always the opposite. Coaches, players, family and fans all get upset if someone isn’t mentioned or too many facts are given away.

Let’s take a look at the different ways The Mess has been criticized about previews over the years:
1) We have had coaches tell us that the preview was not very good because it had the audacity to point out that the team was going to be good that year (after the team had finished in the top 4 of the MIAC the year before and didn’t graduate a single player).
2) We’ve had coaches tell us that the preview was bad because it wasn’t positive enough or didn’t give the team enough credit (despite the fact the team finished in the bottom two of the conference the year before, hadn’t had a top 7 finish in the league standings for five years and lost their top two athletes).
3) We’ve received e-mails from parents who were upset that their son/daughter wasn’t mentioned in the preview despite the fact that the son/daughter hadn’t started a game in their career and had played less than half the games the year before.
4) We’ve even had players get upset because we wrote they were going to have a great season (it put too much pressure on them) despite the fact they were a two-time all-conference player and the top returning player at their position in the MIAC.

So you see Mess fans, nothing ever good – or original – comes from previews. We dare you to e-mail us with an original line, or quote, you have seen in a preview in the last five years. Go ahead, we’ll wait. How about we save you the time and just tell you it hasn’t happened. Coaches these days are too guarded about what they tell the SID for the preview. And then the SID is too paranoid they will upset someone, so they just stay right in the middle of the road.

Just once The Mess would like to write: “If this team doesn’t make the playoffs it will be the biggest disappointment in program history and the coach should think about getting into a new profession.”

There are other times we write previews for teams that are horrible, have no shot at winning – or making the playoffs – and we would like to write: “If this team wins one or two games (or finishes higher than ninth place in the MIAC) the coach should be given a bonus and named the Coach of the Year.”

Those things will never happen and so the reader is left to wander through word after word of milquetoast.

So, feel free to read all the previews coming out in the next few weeks – they are sure to REALLY (insert winking avatar here) shed some light on the upcoming playoffs, championships or seasons. As for The Mess, we will be in our office with all the windows open, our feet in an ice bucket and consuming mass quantities of Mountain Dew in order to keep from falling asleep as we type up these beauties!

The Mess Video of the Week
We are going to veer a little off course for The Mess Video of the Week. Since we spent this week’s rant on bashing what is bad about college sports information jobs, we figured we should pump up the tires of something that is great about college sports information. This week’s Mess Video of the Week was produced by the University of Miami Athletic Media Relations Office and was a 2010 College Sports Media Award Winner. Not only does it have a great inspirational message but it does a tremendous job at highlighting all the athletic programs at the university. It is original, engaging and will hold your interest – basically the exact opposite of a college sports preview.

It is only 2:45 which gives it another non-preview quality – straight forward and to the point.

We think that even non-Miami fans will enjoy this video as it could be about any college. It also has a great sports-related message about “heart”.

The Rest of the Mess
Another great weekend in Cobberville! The football team ran away from Hamline (no snide comments please) and the volleyball team swept both conference matches at home. It was a nice relaxing weekend before the big season overlap push (the fall seasons head down the stretch and this weekend the winter sports schedules start). The Mess was able to kick back and enjoy having only two home matches while watching the football game live via video stream.

We will leave you with the one great memory of the home matches over the weekend. The Mess enjoyed seeing the volleyball team’s opponents cheer like they were going to the World Series when they came close to winning a set. Not the match, or to take the lead in the match, just the fact that they might win a set off the most dominant team in the conference. Both visiting teams were all pumped up to win a set but then had their hopes dashed as the Cobbers, like Lucy does to Charlie Brown when he tries to kick the football, pulled the set away at the last second.

It was fun to see all the excitement generated by the home crowd, the opposing teams and the CC volleyball squad as they won their 27th straight set. That unheard of total is a school record and ties the MIAC record for most consecutive sets ever won. Which leads us to believe that – “it’s volleyball’s world and we are just living in it!”

The Mess Weekend Media Rewind
Fargo Forum recap of the Cobber volleyball team’s win over Gustavus
Fargo Forum recap of the Cobber women’s soccer team’s win over St. Olaf
Video Highlights of the Cobber/Gustavus volleyball match
Video Highlights of the Cobber/Carleton volleyball match
Video Player Profile on Volleyball All-American Katie Vohnoutka

The Mess Picture of the Weekend
This week’s Mess Picture of the Week comes from the only home contests of the weekend. The Cobber volleyball team has steamrolled its opponents the past month and the Picture of the Week speaks at least 1,000 words on the dominance of the team. Once again the Picture of the Week has great levels of action and great facial expressions.

The picture is of All-American Katie Vohnoutka about to put the hammer down on another one of her 271 kills of the season. What makes the picture is the look on senior setter Amy Sykora’s (#6) face. She know what is about to happen and can’t believe Katie is so far above the ball. All that plus, CC fastpitch coach Megan Johnson and trainer Anna Bratsch make an appearance in the background! Special recognition goes to photographer Issac Vatnsdal who has taken his volleyball pictures to a new level.

(You can click on the picture to see the larger version to get the full effect)

The Mess Photo Galleries of the Weekend/Week
Check out the award-winning picture galleries from the weekend.
Football vs. Hamline
Volleyball vs. Gustavus
Volleyball vs. Mayville State
Men’s Soccer vs. St. Olaf
Women’s Soccer vs. St. Olaf

* Special thanks goes out to Sheldon Green who took the awesome pictures from soccer, Isaac Vatnsdal for the volleyball shots and Tim Bye who is the road photographer for football.

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

“Now That’s A Big Mess” Stat Line of the Weekend
Once again it’s volleyball’s world and we are just living in it. The Big Mess Stat Line of the Weekend goes to Cobber All-Americans Jenna Green and Katie Vohnoutka. In the matches on Friday and Saturday the two combined for 43 kills, 44 digs and 48.5 points – in only six sets! That is almost half of the team’s total output for the two matches. The Concordia two-headed monster is poised to make a long run in the playoffs.

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

Since everyone at Concordia was away from campus and taking advantage of the mid-sem break, this week we are forced to go outside Cobberville to get the Social Media Mess of the Week winner. One of the Mess’ favorite follows is Deion Sanders. One of his hooks is the hashtag #HOP which stands for “Hold On Playa”. Basically a different way of saying “What’s up with that?” or “You can’t be serious”. Someone tweeted this gem to Deion: ”
“my 8yr son pos to go get 1$ out my pocket for school, I catch him at the bus stop #HOP !! i knw u can count, give my 100 back! ”
The Mess can sympathize Dads who have 8-year-olds that are always trying trying to one-up them! If you don’t follow Deion, you should. He has great tweets about life and doing what is right. 

Queens of the Mess
Let’s see. Who should we give this one too? Hmmm…oh…how about the volleyball team. Look up the term no-brainer in the dictionary and this decision is front and center. The Cobber volleyball team has been untouchable in the past nine matches. Concordia has won 27 straight sets which is a new school record. It is also believed to tie the longest streak ever in the MIAC. They have also won nine straight matches and are now 21-3 on the year. CC is also 8-1 in league play and tied for first place in the MIAC standings. Concordia also clinched its 11th straight MIAC playoff berth and its eighth 20-win season in the last 10 years. If they win their final two matches of the regular season they are assured of at least a tie for the MIAC regular-season championship (the first since 2006) and the No.1 seed in the upcoming conference playoffs.

King of the Mess
Despite having a sub-par year as a team, there is one player on the men’s soccer squad that consistently plays at an unbelievable high level. Senior Riley McGlynn has had a hard time backing up his record-setting numbers from last year. However, he has always worked hard and been a terror on opposing defenses. He takes a beating every game and, like the Energizer Bunny, he just keeps going and going and going.

The Cobbers played a pair of games out in California over the mid-sem weekend and came away with a tie and a loss. CC scored two goals in the two games and guess who got both? That’s right, Mr. McGlynn. He now has a team-leading six goals on the year. More importantly the four points puts him at 96 career points. He only needs four more points (2 goals, 1 goal and two assists or four assists – you get two points for a goal in college soccer) to become the second player in program history to reach the prestigious 100-point mark. The Mess couldn’t think of a better way to end a career than to go out and get a hat trick in his final collegiate game at home against St. John’s on Saturday!!!

The Tom Burnett Unsung Hero of the Week
Might as well stay with a good thing and recognize a pair of volleyball players that rarely get any attention. Once again The Mess will offer up a pop quiz. Quick – name a non-senior on the CC volleyball team that has played in all 24 matches? Bonus points if you said Rachel Wiinanen or Alison Bruggeman – this week’s Tom Burnett Unsung Heroes of the Week. Wiinanen, the team’s defensive specialist, had a team-high 35 digs in the two matches over the weekend. Bruggeman added 11 kills, 16 digs and three blocks as she continues to give the team solid play on the court. As every sports fan knows, it takes more than just a couple of stars to win titles and Wiinanen and Bruggeman have been huge the entire season.

The Mess Fans of the Week
This week’s Fans of the Week come from Friday’s volleyball match against Gustavus. The picture shows a part of the audience that made the atmosphere electric in the Cobbers’ 3-0 win. Despite the start of mid-sem break, over 300 fans flocked to Memorial Auditorium to cheer loud and proud for their beloved maroon and gold. So instead of saluting one fan, or a small group of fans, The Mess would like to say thank you to everyone in the crowd on Friday. (Be sure to enlarge the pic (click on the pic itself) and see if you can spot any Concordia dignitaries in the crowd!)

Once again we ask our 10’s of readers to submit Cobber fan pics! Please send your Cobber fan pictures to: cobbersportsinformation@gmail.com.  Remember – the winning entry receives a special Cobber prize!

Upcoming Mess Games of the Week
Judgment Saturday!!!
Football at home vs. Bethel – 1 p.m.
Women’s Soccer at home vs. St. Ben’s – 1 p.m.
Volleyball at St. Ben’s – 3 p.m.

It’s time for another Judgment Saturday! This Saturday should be an awesome display of athletic pressure, quality teams and pure playoff drama! The football and women’s soccer teams play at “The Jake” at 1 p.m. The football season has come down to a two-game schedule. If CC can win the final two games against Bethel and St. Olaf, there is a great chance they will earn an at-large berth to the NCAA playoffs. And, as any cliché-filled coach will tell you, you have to take it “one game at a time”, which means the battle with Bethel will be the first playoff-like atmosphere.

The women’s soccer team is currently in third place and still has a chance to win the conference regular-season title as well as clinch their ninth-straight MIAC playoff berth. If they can beat Augsburg on Wednesday, that would set up a huge showdown with league-leading St. Ben’s on Saturday. Like the football game, tensions will be high and every play will take on extra meaning as it could be the last game for the three Cobber seniors.

Finally, the Cobber volleyball team plays at St. Ben’s. CC and the Blazers are two of the three teams tied at the top of the MIAC standings entering the final week. Both teams have tough mid-week matches and if they can pull out wins, will square off in a winner-take-all for the conference title. The two teams have a great rivalry at the end of the year and in the playoffs. It will be another high-level, nail-biter.

The Mess is hoping that the streak of five straight “Mess Game of the Week” wins continues and that all the CC teams keep their drive for the playoffs going! In any case, both home teams need all the fan support they can get so come out to The Jake on Saturday and be LOUD!!!!!

That’s a wrap for another Mess. Make sure you click away from any season or playoff previews you might come across. We paraphrased a famous quote to start this Mess and we will now en this Mess by paraphrasing another famous quote – this time from the movie “Billy Madison“:
“…what you’ve written is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever seen. At no point in your rambling, incoherent preview were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone who clicked on that is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points…”

And may you all be shown mercy if you do read the previews.

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And now for the newest feature for the Cobber Sports Information blog site – 5 Things We Learned On Saturday.

Since Saturday is traditionally the busiest day of the Cobber sports week, we thought it would be handy to be able to recap the day in five easy steps. That way in case you missed any of the Cobber action because you were at the lake, in the woods hunting, celebrating with friends in a different city or just bunkered in at home – you would be know what went down in Cobber athletics on each and every Saturday.

Without further hype – let’s get to this Saturday’s 5 Things We Learned

5 Things We Learned On Saturday, Oct. 22
1. The Cobber volleyball team is good – no, they are really good.
It’s gotten to the point that opposing teams cheer like they just won the conference title when they are close to taking a set off the Cobbers. Concordia staved off two set points against Carleton and then kept their consecutive set win streak alive at 27 by sweeping the Knights.

2. When in doubt – go to Jenna Green 
The Cobbers went to Green both times they were faced with set point and both times she delivered winners at the net. Green now has a team-high 322 kills on the year which marks the second straight year she has eclipsed the 300-kill mark.

3. Even against winless teams turnovers will haunt you.
The Cobber football team was on their way to rolling over winless Hamline when they fumbled deep in their territory and allowed the Pipers to kick a field goal in the second quarter. That pumped life into Hamline and they proved to be a tough opponent to keep down as CC had to fight until the fourth quarter to pull out the win. CC also fumbled at the start of the final quarter which led to the Pipers’ only offensive TD of the day. In the end the Lou Holtz turnover equation read – 2 Cobber turnovers = 9 Hamline points.

4. There’s a reason Special Teams have the name “Special” Teams
The other Hamline TD came courtesy of an 80-yard kickoff return. The Pipers pulled the ol’ Tennessee Titans full-field lateral and returned the kickoff all the way to the house to cut CC’s lead to 21-9. Concordia has now allowed two kickoff returns for a TD in the past three weeks. Before this year, CC hadn’t allowed a kickoff return for a score since the 2009 season (which ironically also came against Hamline)

5. It’s always a special “Situation” when Cobber teams travel to Cali
The Cobber men’s and women’s soccer teams are playing a pair of games in California over mid-semester break. On their flight to LA-LA land the Cobbers were accompanied by Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino of “Jersey Shore” fame. Weren’t not sure what it had to do with their results on Saturday – but like most characters on the show when forced with the decision of what to wear to a club –  CC was unable to make up their mind and settled for a pair of ties.

For the women’s team it was their fifth tie of the season which sets a new school record for deadlocks in a single season.

And that is what we learned on Saturday.



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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

Klas Field
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 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 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.

Gameday Kickoff  
(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.

Cobber Notes
– 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.

Piper Notes
– 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.

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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.

This week’s top 5 includes the Cobber Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees.

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

MIAC Notebook – Oct. 19, 2011

Top MIAC Stories

Top-10 football showdown set for Saturday
The No. 3-ranked St. Thomas football team (7-0 overall, 5-0 MIAC) scored a 49-0 Homecoming win over Hamline and now has recorded back-to-back football shutouts for the first time since 1981. Junior LB Kyle Mulrooney’s 67-yard interception return for a touchdown was the 18th return touchdown of UST’s four-year Glenn Caruso era (eight interceptions, two blocked punts, four kickoff returns, four punt returns). The Toms have won their last 14 games when they score a return TD. They will put a 21-game regular-season win streak and a 16-game MIAC victory string on the line Saturday when they play at No. 10-ranked Bethel. The Royals ranked 10th nationally in rushing at 291 yards a game, while UST is second in the nation against the run at 44.7 yards allowed per game.

Bethel’s football team staved off a fourth quarter comeback attempt by Gustavus to stay among the top teams in the MIAC. Bethel is currently ranked #15 in the AFCA coaches poll and #10 in the D3football.com poll heading into play against #3 St. Thomas this Saturday. For his part in the Royals’ 41-27 victory on Saturday, Brandon Marquardt (Fr., Champlin, Minn.) was named the MIAC Offensive Player of the Week. He is currently second among MIAC rushers, averaging just under 100 yards per game. Meanwhile, quarterback Josh Aakre (Sr., Dawson, Minn.) continues to have a strong season as well. He was 12-for-14 passing with three TDs on Saturday, raising his passing efficiency to 175.4, which is tops among MIAC quarterbacks.

Tommies and Royals rolling in volleyball, too
The No. 11-ranked Tommie volleyball team (24-3) went 5-0 last week to run its winning streak to 11 and remain in a tie for the conference lead. Coach Thanh Pham’s Tommies need one victory to reach 25 wins for the seventh consecutive season. St. Thomas needed a comeback to post a five-game victory at St. Olaf, then went 12-0 in games for a 4-0 run through the Simpson (Iowa) Invite. UST will put a 13-match home-court win streak on the line Friday night when it faces St. Mary’s, then plays Saturday at Augsburg. In her first year as a starter, setter Ashley Maher (SR-Hutchinson) moved into the national lead in assists per set and has surpassed 1,000 on the season.

However, the Royals have been nearly as hot. Bethel’s volleyball team went 3-0 against NCAA teams at last weekend’s Stinger Classic hosted by UW-Superior. The Royals have now won eight matches in a row and 11 of their last 13 heading into competition with St. Catherine and Macalester this weekend. Hitter Nicole Wriedt (Sr., Pewaukee, Wis.) and libero Valerie Smith (Jr., Alexandria, Minn.) were named to the All-Tournament team for their offensive and defensive contributions, respectively. Wriedt surpassed the career 1,000 kills mark last Wednesday when she had 23 against Saint Mary’s, helping lift the Royals to a 3-2 victory over the hosting Cardinals. Bethel remains in a four-way tie atop the MIAC.

Carleton men keep cruising
The Carleton men’s soccer team is undefeated over its last nine matches (8-0-1) and has victories in its last six matches, during which the Knights have posted a 22-3 goal differential… The Carleton women’s soccer program has won four straight conference contests, moving the Knights from eighth to third in the MIAC standings… The football team faces Macalester on Saturday as the two highest-ranked academic institutions in Minnesota (according to US News & World Report) will battle for the “Book of Knowledge” for the 14th time. Carleton has won the last eight meetings by a combined 320-91 margin.

Unusual meeting for Johnnies and Gusties
Saint John’s travels to face Gustavus Adolphus for a 1 p.m. kickoff this Saturday, Oct. 22, in St. Peter. The last time the Johnnies and Gusties met, and both teams had losing records, was Nov. 8, 1924. SJU entered the contest with a 1-3-1 record, while the Gusties were 0-4-1. GAC won the game 33-0 in St. Peter. Both teams also carried losing records into their meeting the previous year, which resulted in a 14-12 SJU win on Nov. 10, 1923, in Collegeville. The last time the Johnnies brought a losing record into their meeting with Gustavus was 1983.

Augsburg, Concordia, Macalester hold Hall of Fame inductions
As part of Augsburg College’s Homecoming week, the college will induct nine athletic alumni into its Athletic Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the Hoversten Chapel in the Foss Center. Being inducted into the Augsburg Athletic Hall of Fame: Mike Burkhardt ’81 (men’s hockey/baseball); Carrie (Lind) Cabe ’01 (women s track and field); Stu Engen ’86 (men’s basketball); Mitch Hegland ’91 (wrestling); Kara (Seibel) Hoard ’96 (women’s soccer); Matt Kretlow ’91 (wrestling); Pat Piepenburg ’69 (women’s basketball); Angie Rieger ’01 (women’s hockey/volleyball); and Don Skoy ’73 (football).

The Concordia College Athletic Department inducted five former athletes, a former longtime coach and an award-winning broadcaster into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday during the annual Homecoming celebration.

This year’s honorees included football All-Americans David Rosengren ’82 and Jim Southwick ‘88, Track and Field All-American Christine Fredrick ‘91, three-time All-American women’s golfer Lisa (Hanson) Sekely ’94, All-Region volleyball player Laura (Reitmeier) Pearson ‘99 as well as longtime Concordia hockey, football and baseball coach Al Rice and Cobber football and basketball radio broadcaster Larry Knutson.

Macalester College will induct four new members and a national championship team into its M Club Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 22. The 1998 NCAA Division III women’s soccer championship team, the first and only Macalester NCAA championship team, will become the third team in the M Club Hall of Fame. Four individuals will be inducted: Jennifer Hodges ’00 (volleyball / track & field), Ron Groce ’76 (football / track & field), Jim Kersting ’70 (diving) and Bob MacGregor ’54 (wrestling / football / track & field).

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The Mess is going to use this week’s feature to clean out some of the e-mails we have received in the first month of the year. Like most people, The Mess doesn’t delete many of the e-mail in the inbox on a weekly basis – so we just wait until we receive the annoying “your mail box has reached its limit” e-mail before mass deleting e-mails.

The Mess started to delete e-mails to create space but came across some great questions – and comments – that were sent in by our 10’s of loyal readers. We thought we would post the answers in the column so we could kill two birds with one stone (The Mess meant nothing by that last statement and is just using the cliché. We apologize if we offended anyone or implied that anyone connected with The Mess would actually hurt animals). So let’s get right to the first e-mail.

Dear Mess;
What’s your take on the whole Handshake Scandal from Sunday’s postgame ritual between San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz? Love the Mess- keep up the great work!
Terry H

Dear Terry;
Thanks for the kind words. It’s nice to hear from one of our loyal fans. As far as Handshake Gate after the 49’ers and Lions football game, The Mess just has to laugh. We have years of experience with those type of situations and most of the time they are the most insincere gesture to ever take place. You always have one coach who is upset beacuse they just lost – and is just looking for a reason to get upset. Then you have one coach that is very happy and can’t wait to shake the hand of his vanquished foe.

Unfortunately we have a feeling that this thing is going to happen more frequently now that it is getting so much media attention. People either find no fault in Harbaugh’s exuberance or applaud Schwartz for sticking up for himself. Either way, more and more coaches will start to try and send a message with their postgame handshake so they can be just like the pros. This is especially true in football where there can be so many ill feelings with such high emotions. The Mess would like everyone to take the advice of Hall of Fame coach Bud Grant who never shook the opposing coach’s hand after the game. Instead he would tell the coach before the game what he was going to do and then just look across the field and acknowledge the coach after the game. No chance for any pushing or shoving. Or even having one coach refusing to shake the other’s hand. The best thing about the Grant principle is that no one gets all bent out of shape because of a very meaningless gesture.

Sorry Terry for the long answer to a simple question. But that’s how The Mess rolls!

Dear Mess;
I am new to the Cobber sports scene. I have only been a fan since the start of this year. Can you give me some insight into what the 5 biggest story lines of the first month have been?

Great job with The Mess and you deserve a big raise!
Soli Deo Gloria
Bill C

Once again, thanks for the nice words. You picked a great fall to become a card carrying member of Cobber Nation. The Mess will try and be concise with this answer. The five biggest stories from the sports department this fall have been:
5) The Cobber women’s golf team. They completely overhauled their roster and had five freshmen represent the team at the MIAC Meet. The five youngsters then went out and finished fourth – the highest finish by a CC team since 2004.
4) The Cobber men’s golf team. A week after finishing sixth at the MIAC Championship Meet, the Cobbers rebounded by winning the Twin Cities Classic. It was a historic win and freshman Coy Papachek won the individual title.
3) The women’s soccer team. The CC women’s soccer team lost 10 players from last year’s team, starts 5 or 6 freshmen this season and still only has one loss on the year. They are in position to claim another NCAA playoff berth.
2) The volleyball team. Normally they would be No.1 but they are a victim of their own excellence. Everyone knew they were going to be good but few could have expected this level of dominance.  They have won six MIAC matches – all by sweeps and are ranked ninth in the country. #vballswag!
1) The Cobber football team. The Mess must confess, we expected much less. We know we like to digress but this team’s answered all the questions with a big fat yes! (And we once had a friend named Bess who wore a yellow dress and loved to read about Elliot Ness!) Sorry, that was a little over the top. However, The Mess actually thought the CC football team would do well if they posted a 5-5 record this year. The defense was one big question mark and the offensive had more holes than a Lady Gaga concert outfit. We are happy to report that after seven games, the Cobbers have a legit chance at making the NCAA playoffs. Not many people saw that one coming.

The Mess is now drinking the Kool-Aid and hoping that the 20-plus seniors get one great ride in the last three games of the regular season.

Ok. So we weren’t that concise. Thanks for the e-mail. Don’t worry about the raise. The Mess is in the business “For the Love of the Game” and we get our reward from the smiles of the coaches and athletes after big wins.

Dear Mess;
I just got back from Homecoming weekend. It was another amazing week of celebrations and Cobber spirit. What were your favorite memories of the week?

Let’s chat sometime!
Fred H

You are correct. Cobber Homecoming is the single best week of the year and The Mess would be hard pressed to find any other school in the area that does it better than Concordia. As far as our own personal favorite memories – here are a few:
– Ernie Mancini once again “Releasing the Beast”. It will be a sad day when this staple of the Bonfire is no longer shared with the next generation of Cobber students. Ernie is a walking billboard for the Cobber spirit and his performance ever year is unbelievable. (Check out the video of a past performance from Ernie)

– The fireworks at the Bonfire and then the lighting of the Bonfire
– The huge crowd for the football game, the great weather on Saturday and just the atmosphere at the Jake Christiansen Athletic Complex for the football game and soccer games.
– However, my best memory will be of Clint Hill. I will remember the smile on his face as he walked off the field after delivering the game ball (see pic below) and also the answer he gave The Mess after we asked him if he enjoyed his time coming back to Concordia. His face lit up and he smiled and replied “It’s been wonderful.”

Clint Hill (Gold Lettermen's Sweater) pictured with Cobber AD Larry Papenfuss and football coach Terry Horan

He had never been back to Concordia since graduation in 1954 and you could tell he had been touched by the Cobber spirit that most of us take for granted because we are surrounded by it every day.

Dear Mess;
I love the fact that you are all over the Social Media aspect of Cobber athletics. If it was up to me, that would be the only way would communicate. Who are your favorite Cobber Facebookers or Tweeters?

Change is good!
Mark Z

The explosion of Facebook and Twitter has made The Mess’ job easier – and harder – at the same time. And we agree, change is good – just don’t expect people to take it lying down and not get all worked up – especially not in the Red River Valley.

As far as the top Tweeters, that’s a no-brainer. The CC volleyball team is easily the tops at posting witty, smart and insightful tweets. As far as coaches go, it has to be football coach Terry Horan. CoachTerryHoran was one of the last coaches the Mess thought would get a Twitter account. But now he is a Tweeting superstar.

The best Twitter nicknames go to the football team who have baunehunter40 (Brett Baune), beastmodebrent (Brent Rysdahl – check out his hit from the Augsburg game), MattTweeterson8 (Matt Peterson), Quisticuffs55 (Thomas Quist), broadwaydunham1 (Michael Dunham) and StarkStallion5 (Mike Starke).

Finally, we had this last e-mail get sent to our junk folder by mistake:

Who has been your top Cobber athlete of the first five weeks?

Just wondering?
Aaron W

We think you are trying to lead The Mess in a certain direction but it doesn’t matter. We normally don’t like to single out one player but there has been one athlete that has gone from nowhere to Rock Star. Our vote for the best surprise/top athlete of the first five weeks is Brett Baune.

The guy is a Beast and is the biggest reason the Cobbers are 5-2 and fighting for a playoff berth. He went from undersized offensive lineman to the opposing team’s nightmare. As they say, “he’s fun to watch!”

That’s all the mail for this edition. Thanks for allowing us publicly delete our inbox.

The Mess Video of the Week
This week’s Mess Video of the Week hits home for The Mess because it is about a boy who just loves playing the game of soccer. The Mess saw a similar kid playing soccer in St. Lucia when we visited the island back in the day (which was incredibly moving).

The obstacles that a person like Adam overcomes will hopefully inspire all athletes to fight through any adversity. 

The Rest of the Mess
The Rest of the Mess is going to continue this week’s video trend. It is a great 1:36 summary of the Cobber Homecoming Week/Weekend. Needless to say, it was a pretty good weekend to be a Cobber!

The Mess Picture of the Weekend
This week’s Mess Picture of the Week comes from the football win against Augsburg. A couple of key factors make this shot the winner. First of all – it features one of the unsung heroes of any football game in the middle of the picture. Not too often do you see offensive linemen getting love from photographers. To have one front and center makes it a special picture right from the start. The second thing about this picture is that it has tons of action taking place. You get to see four different Cobbers (five if you count QB Michael Dunham running away from the pack) in action and you can tell right away what their different roles are on the play. The kicker that puts it “over the top” is in the eyes. All four Cobber players are looking in different directions trying to pick up different cues. All in all it packs a lot of punch in just one picture. Kudos to Sheldon Green for another great football picture. When it comes to shooting football pics – he is the best in the MIAC! It doesn’t hurt that he cut his photog chops shooting for the Green Bay Packers back in the day.

(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.
Football vs. Augsburg
Men’s Soccer vs. Bethel
Women’s Soccer vs. Bethel
Men’s & Women’s Cross Country at Jamestown Invite

* Special thanks goes out to Sheldon Green and Ryan McCaughtry who took the awesome pictures from football and soccer and Nathan Lodermeier who continues to excel with the cross country pictures (“Pay the Man”).

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 we are going off the board for the Big Mess Stat Line of the Weekend. The Mess is going to give the award to the Hamline football team’s offense. The Pipers are the Cobbers opponent this weekend and they only have one place to go. Last Saturday Hamline had only 28 yards of total offense against the Tommies but what earns them this week’s award is the fact that they were 0-for-15 in third down situations. The Mess has seen many, many football box scores in the day but can never remember a team putting up the bagel in third down attempts for the whole game. Now that really is on Big Mess.

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 goes to former Cobber – and now Communications staff member Gia Rassier. Gia is a superstar for the college with all the videos she produces and came up with this double post about Homecoming weekend.
“I think I have felt more at home, or at peace with myself at Concordia… more than anywhere else I’ve been” – Estelle Spottiswoode ’46 ♥ Welcome Home Cobbers!
– Then on Monday morning Gia posted this: “As if I don’t say it enough… Another great weekend to be a Cobber ♥”

That sums up the Homecoming weekend in less than 50 words. Bonus points for the hearts at the end of both posts!

Queen of the Mess
This week’s Queen of the Mess is Cobber sophomore women’s soccer player
Gina Weiss
. Weiss had a monster game against Bethel on Saturday. She scored both goals in the team’s 2-2 2OT tie. Weiss started the season slowly but has dropped the hammer on fifth gear in the past couple of weeks. She has been the team’s hottest scoring player in the last two weeks. Weiss has now scored four goals in the last four games. Weiss currently has five goals and one assist for 11 points on the season. She is now tied for second on the team in overall points and is second in goals.

King of the Mess
Only one way to go with this award. Say what you want – but the undisputed
King of the Weekend was Cobber fullback Brett Baune. Baune has slowly turned into a Manimal as the season has progressed. Against Augsburg he rushed for 139 yards and two TD’s. He continually battered the Auggie defensive line on his way to the second tier. His biggest contribution in the win over the Auggies came in CC’s final drive of the game. After watching Augsburg cut the lead to 31-26 with 9:19 left in the game, the Cobbers went on a 13-play scoring drive that took 7:25 off the clock and sealed the victory. Of the 13 plays in the final CC drive, 12 were rushes and Baune carried the ball eight times for 36 yards and scored on a 5-yard run. And the final stat to crown the “Baune Hunter” – he was a perfect 4-for-4 in third down situations (which was made even more difficult by the fact that everyone in the stadium – even Estelle Spottiswoode from the class of ’46 – knew he was going to get the ball on those plays. And they still couldn’t stop him!

The Tom Burnett Unsung Hero of the Week
The Mess would like to call up the Cobber offensive line to hand out this award. The Cobber “Hogs” could have very well won the award but The Mess is going to go with someone who is even farther in the shadows. However, since The Hogs got some love in the Forum last week in the feature about Brett Baune they were disqualified from the award. They will have to be content to just hand out the award. Another pop quiz – can anyone, other than people involved in the football program, name Brett Baune’s back-up? If you answered Luke Gotta give yourself two claps. Gotta has quietly turned into a huge cog in the CC running game. He is the fullback that gives Baune a rest after he has posted another line-demolishing run. Lately Gotta has been doing a lot more than just filling in – he has been putting up quality numbers of his own. On Saturday he ran the ball seven times for 45 yards and caught two passes for 30 yards. That’s 75 total offensive yards for the back-up and a crisp 214 yards from the fullback position alone. All that despite the lack of coaching they have been getting!!!

The Mess Fan of the Week
This week’s Fans of the Week come from the women’s soccer game. Take a look at the picture below and check out the background. You will see several members of the Cobber men’s soccer team (both past and present) cheering loud and proud. It always makes The Mess feel warm and fuzzy inside when CC athletes go out of their way and root for the other teams on campus. This is what being a community is all about and that is what Homecoming is all about! And that is why they are this week’s Mess Fans of the Week!

Once again we ask our 10’s of readers to submit Cobber fan pics! Please send your Cobber fan pictures to: cobbersportsinformation@gmail.com.  Remember – the winning entry receives a special Cobber prize!

Upcoming Mess Games of the Week
– Women’s Soccer at home vs. St. Olaf on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
– Volleyball Doubleheader Weekend at home vs. Gustavus on Friday at 7 p.m. and then Carleton on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Once again the Mess picked another winner. That’s 3-for-3 in Gmaes of the Week. This week we are going to split our ticket and go with the Daily Double of soccer and volleyball. The Cobber women’s soccer team hosts St. Olaf on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. These are two of the top four teams in the MIAC and this game will have huge ramifications when it comes to a title chase and a conference playoff berth. Come outside and cheer for the Cobbers one last time before the snow flies! The second act of this week’s Game of the Week playbill is the volleyball team’s annual MIAC home doubleheader weekend. Unfortunately it fall on Mid Semester break so The Mess understands it will be about as crowded as a Minnesota Vikings Conference Championship pep fest! However, if you stick around and need something to do – come out and cheer for the Cobbers. The Mess will personally deliver a Gameday program to each person in attendance!     Enjoy the week and don’t forget to gently shake as many hands as you can this week!

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