It’s time for the annual Cobber Homecoming game!
This year Concordia hosts Augsburg and the game shapes up to be the marquee match-up in the MIAC on Saturday. Both teams enter the game with aspirations of a top 3 finish in the league and earning a berth into the NCAA playoffs. The Cobbers have won two straight and are 4-2/2-2 MIAC while the Auggies, the surprise team of the conference this season, are 4-1/3-1 MIAC.
Fans can follow the action on the web by going to the live broadcasts link at the bottom of the athletic website: Concordia vs Augsburg Live Audio/Stats
Cobber Football Gameday Links
– Complete Cobber Gameday Preview (pdf)
– Complete Augsburg Gameday Preview (pdf)
– Concordia Football Page
– Augsburg Football Page
– Concordia vs. Augsburg 2010 Game Recap
– Cobber Game Recap vs. Carleton
– Augsburg Game Recap vs. St. Thomas
– Cobber 2011 Season Stats
– Augsburg 2011 Season Stats
– Cobber NCAA Stats Team/Individual Rankings
– Augsburg NCAA Stats Team/Individual Rankings
– MIAC Standings and Stats
– MIAC Week 7 Preview
Cobber Head Coach Terry Horan Video Preview
Cobber Football Gameday Preview
Augsburg College (4-1/3-1 MIAC)
Concordia College (4-2/2-2 MIAC)
October 15, 2011
Jake Christiansen Stadium
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 53-13-2
SERIES STARTED: 1926
SERIES SYNOPSIS: The teams have split the last two meetings with each team winning on the road. Before that string, Concordia had won nine straight games against Augsburg. The Cobber offense has put up big scoring numbers against the Auggies in recent history. The Cobbers have scored at least 30 points in 10 of the previous 11 games in the series. The only time they didn’t break the 30-point barrier was in 2009 when Concordia lost 27-20 in OT in Moorhead. The Cobbers are 6-2 vs. the Auggies at home since 1990. Concordia is averaging 44.5 ppg in the six wins and 11.5 ppg in the two losses. The two teams played in the NCAA playoffs in the Fargodome in 1997 with Augsburg prevailing 34-22…CC Head coach Terry Horan is 9-1 against the Auggies.
LAST YEAR: Concordia received great efforts from both their offense and defense and went on to roll past Augsburg 35-16 in Minneapolis on Saturday. The Cobbers limited the high-powered Auggie offense to only 266 total yards as they picked up their first road win of the year. The winning combination for CC was an offense that ate up huge chunks of possession time to keep the Augsburg offense off the field and a defense that got better as the game went on. The Cobbers finished the game with a 38:48-21:12 edge in time of possession and the defense allowed only 266 total yards. CC quarterback Michael Dunham was the most effective player on the field. He was 18-for-24 for 175 with no interceptions and one TD. He also ran for 74 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries. He accounted for 249 of the team’s 448 total offensive yards. Defensively, Concordia’s success was a total team effort. Not one CC defender had over six tackles in the game while nine Cobber players had at least three tackles. Josh Herzog led the way with 6.0 tackles and 1.0 tackles for a loss. Augsburg was led by the pitch and catch tandem of Marcus Brumm and Josh Pronschinske. Brumm was 24-for-49 for 240 yards and two TD’s and Pronschinske caught 10 passes for 101 yards and one TD.
(What you need to know about Saturday’s Concordia/Augsburg match-up)
– Match-Up of the Day: Cobber Run Defense vs. Auggie Run Offense
It would be easy to go with the Cobber pass defense against the Auggie pass offense since Augsburg is usually very pass orientated. However, this year the Auggies have added a very good rushing attack to go along with their passing prowess. Freshman Tyler Maxwell is averaging 131.8 ypg in his four games this year and Augsburg is averaging 152.8 rushing yards per game as a team. If the CC defense can consistently stop the Auggies run attack – specifically on first downs – then they can force Augsburg into obvious passing situations and significantly limit the Auggie playbook.
– Match-Up of the Day II: Cobber Sack Attack vs. Auggie O-Line
We stay on the Cobber defensive side of the ball for the second key match-up as well. The Cobber defensive line leads the MIAC in sacks this season. CC has dumped opposing QB’s in the backfield 28 times this season. The Auggie offensive line has only given up four sacks all season long.
Another Key Point (or we hope it doesn’t come down to this): The two teams are at the bottom of the MIAC in extra point kicking. The Cobbers are eighth, connecting on 14 of their 19 PAT attempts (.737). Augsburg is ninth 9-for-13 (.692).
– Concordia is 4-0 this season when they lead at halftime and 3-0 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 +8 on the year. The CC defense has forced a league-leading 15 turnovers.
– CC is 4-0 this season when their opponent has more turnovers.
– The Cobbers are second in the MIAC in rushing offense. CC is averaging 217.7 rushing yards per game and has rushed for over 200 yards in all but one game this year.
– Concordia fullback Brett Baune is sixth in the MIAC in rushing with a 73.0 ypg average. He is also tied for the league lead in touchdowns with 12.
– CC quarterback Michael Dunham needs 490 yards to break the school record for career passing yards set by Ethan Pole from 1995-98. His 546 career completions are 106 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.
– The Cobber defense still leads the MIAC in sacks. CC has come up with 28 sacks on the season. They also remain in the top 10 in the nation in that category. Concordia is fourth in all of DIII in sacks.
– Junior Paul Streich leads the MIAC in sacks. He has six on the season and is tied for 39th in the nation.
– The Cobbers continue to creep up the MIAC charts in defense. CC is now fourth in the MIAC in total defense (318.5) and has given up over 270 yards in only three games this year. CC is third in the conference against the run (111.5) and seventh in passing defense (207.0).
– Concordia leads the MIAC in interceptions this season. They have picked off nine passes this year and have at least one in all but one game and the three against Carleton last week was a season high.
– Augsburg is 4-1 overall this season and 3-1 in the MIAC. The Auggies are averaging 25.8 points per game this season and have scored at least 25 points in all but one game.
– The No.5 is significant for the Auggies this season. AC is fifth in the MIAC in total offense (368.4) and fifth in rush offense (152.8). They are also third in pass offense (215.6). They had a season-high 529 yards against St. John’s. Augsburg is also fifth in the league in total defense (336.2). They are fifth in rush defense (170.0) and fourth in pass defense (166.2).
– The Auggies lead the MIAC in punt return average (13.2) and third in net punting avg. (32.3).
– Augsburg is second in the MIAC in sacks allowed. They have only allowed 4 sacks in 5 games.
– Auggie QB Marcus Brumm is second in the MIAC in passing avg. (215.6 ypg). He is also eighth in pass efficiency (117.) and RB Tyler Maxwell leads the MIAC in all-purpose yds (149.0).
– Besides leading the league in rushing and all-purpose yards, Maxwell is seventh DIII in rushing and 13th in scoring per game (13.50).
– Edmond Smith (10.2) and Bryce Vee (9.8) are second and third in the MIAC in tackles.