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Concordia enters Saturday's game with a surprising 0-4 record in MIAC play. The Cobbers opened the season with a 24-17 victory over then #8-ranked Willamette. Then they defeated Valley City State on the road, 43-28, before dropping four straight MIAC games to fall to 2-4 overall.
Concordia 18, Hamline 17
The Pipers fell at home to Concordia, 18-17, on a field goal with fewer than 20 seconds on the game clock last season.
Hamline started out fast, as running back Larry Deeton, Jr. snuck in from a yard out to end a 12 play, 49-yard drive on the opening possession of the game. With the kick from Derek Johnson, the Pipers were up 7-0.
Just over a minute later, the Pipers added to their lead as Kyle Nitz fell on a punt blocked by Brady Lorenzen at the goal line. Johnson’s point after attempt was good once again, for a 14-0 Hamline lead.
The Piper defense would protect until late in the third quarter, until the Cobbers scored for the first time with 29 seconds on the clock. The touchdown came on a five yard run by Cory Johnson. Carl Hauser’s kick was good, and the Cobbers then trailed, 14-7.
Five minutes into the final quarter, the Pipers were forced to punt from deep inside their own territory, and as the snap was fumbled out of the end zone, the safety allowed Concordia to close the gap to five at 14-9.
Concordia’s hurry-up offense then took over, as they added a touchdown just three minutes later on a two-yard run from Nick Birchem. The two-point conversion pass failed, leaving Concordia with a 15-14 lead.
The Pipers took over and marched down to give Johnson the chance to attempt a 47-yard field goal for the school record. With a little bit of help from the Piper-friendly wind, the ball sailed through the uprights for a 17-15 Hamline lead with 1:41 remaining.
However, the game wasn’t over, as a 37-yard kickoff return by Andrew Larsen helped get the Cobbers into field goal range. Hauser came back onto the field and made the 27-yard kick with 12 seconds on the clock for the 18-17 Cobber win.
Concordia senior Jesse Nelson was 27-for-40 with 281 yards passing, with Nick Alton pulling in 10 of those passes for 125 yards.
For the Pipers, senior quarterback James Leary was 8-for-19 with 51 yards passing and 67 rushing yards. Punter Devin Swanberg averaged 44 yards on seven punts, with his longest for 55 yards.
Lorenzen had 13 tackles to lead the Piper defense.
Projected depth chart for Hamline University
Key Players to watch:
QB Adam Meyer - The sophomore leads the MIAC in conference passing average/game (253.5 yards/gm). He has thrown for 1,250 yards, ten TDs, and four INT on 103-160 passing in five MIAC games.
WR Tim Queck - The sophomore is third in the MIAC in conference receiving yards/game (101.8). He has 553 yards on 37 catches, with a long of 80 yards, in six MIAC contests.
WR Alex House - The junior leads the Pipers in all-purpose yards with 131.5 yards/game. He has totaled 354 yards on 18 kick returns.
Youthful Piper secondary:
S Christian Willman - Last week against Bethel, the first-year finished with five tackles (three solo, two assists), a pass break-up, a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal.
S Marc McDonald - Another first-year, he had 17 tackles last week against Bethel.
CB Cody Kielsa - The third first-year DB on the field, Kielsa had five solo tackles and a pass break-up in addition to the interception.
PK Derek Johnson - The senior is 16-for-16 in PATs and 6-for7 in field goal attempts this season. Johnson is 12-for-12 in PATs in conference play and is one of three kickers in the conference with a perfect MIAC kick percentage. His 80% field goal percentage leads the MIAC and he is averaging 53.2 yards per kickoff.
Bethel University scored their only points of the second half on a 40-yard field goal as the clock ran out to defeat the Pipers, 20-17, on the road last week.
In Arden Hills, the Pipers took an early lead over the host Royals.
After the Pipers were forced to punt on their second possession of the game, John Broback punted to the Bethel 14-yard line. The Royals ran the ball two yards before the Pipers forced a fumble, recovered by Christian Willman on the Bethel 16-yard line.
Adam Meyer needed just one snap to take advantage of the turnover, throwing a 16-yard TD pass to Anthony Iten. Derek Johnson’s 15th kick of the season was good for the 7-0 Hamline lead at 10:05 in the first quarter.
The next four possessions ended in turnovers, before Bethel took a 10-7 lead at 11:46 in the second quarter on a 23-yard field goal.
On Bethel's kickoff after the score, Alex House ran the return back 21 yards to the Hamline 37-yard line. Tim Queck had an 11-yard catch, House pulled in a 17-yard reception, and Iten had a seven-yard catch - all on third down - to help the Pipers march down the field.
The 10-play, 63-yard drive ended with Meyer hooking up with Iten in the end zone for the second time, this time on a 20-yard TD pass. Johnson’s PAT was good for Hamline to go ahead 14-10 with 6:56 to play in the first half.
The Royals responded two minutes later with a 24-yard rushing touchdown with a successful PAT at 5:09 as the hosts regained a lead at 17-14.
Hamline’s special teams stepped up to keep the score at 17-14 heading into halftime as Willman blocked a 29-yard field goal attempt as time ran out.
The Pipers evened the score ten minutes into the second half as Johnson hit a 38-yard field goal with 4:59 left in the third quarter.
The score remained tied at 17-17 when Bethel missed a 33-yard field goal, wide right, with 1:30 remaining in the game.
On Hamline’s next possession, the Royals held the Pipers in their own zone, forcing them to punt and give Bethel the ball back with 28 seconds on the clock. As time expired, Wetherell edged a 40-yard field goal through the uprights for the 20-17 Bethel win.
Projected depth chart for the Concordia College Cobbers
Key Players to watch:
QB Mike Dunham - The sophomore has played in four games for the Cobbers as a backup. But he is averaging 91.0 passing yards per game due to an impressive fourth quarter last week against Bethel. Taking over under center for the final 15 minutes, 19-for-35 for 244 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 34 yards. The performance earned him the starting role this Saturday.
KR Jake Uphus - The senior has tallied 237 yards on 10 kick returns with a long of 82 for a touchdown earlier this season.
FS Zach Debeltz - The junior leads Concordia's defense with 42 tackles (30 solo). He also had five interceptions, four pass break-ups and a fumble recovery this year.
Last Week -
The Cobbers trailed 20-3 heading into the fourth quarter then rattled off 17 consecutive points only to lose on the first possession of overtime to Augsburg, 27-20.
The Concordia offense never got on track in the first three quarters and entered the fourth with 214 total offensive yards, 11 first downs and no touchdowns. In the explosive fourth quarter, the Cobbers recorded 298 yards of offense, 17 first downs and two TD's. Concordia went from a 20-3 deficit, scored on three of their five possessions and then had a chance to win it with a field goal in the final seconds of the game. However, the game-winning field goal was blocked at the line and the game went into overtime.
In the extra period, Augsburg scored on their possession to start the overtime. They ran four plays, completed three passes and added the extra point to make the score 27-20.
Concordia then took their turn and struggled for the entire possession. The Cobbers had a third-and-12 after their first two plays lost two yards. On the subsequent play, Augsburg was called for a holding penalty which set up a third-and-two situation. Quarterback Mike Dunham rushed for a yard which set up fourth-and-one. Justin Brantner broke off tackle and picked up five yards for a first down at the Auggie 11-yard line. That's where Concordia's victory hopes would end as a rush for no yards was followed by a pair of incomplete passes and then on fourth down, Dunham was sacked for a 16-yard loss.
Concordia had three different receivers with six catches on the day. Jake Krause had six catches for a game-high 97 yards and caught one TD. Bronson Shepherd had six receptions for 88 yards and Chris Gilson made six catches for 67 yards. Zach Weller caught the other TD for the Cobbers and finished with four receptions for 77 yards.
Cobber defensive back Xavier Carroll led the team with 7.0 tackles. Linebacker Jed LaPlante and lineman Travis Aufderheide had two tackles for a loss each. LaPlante, Perry Patterson, Troy Henne and Zach Debeltz all finished with 6.0 tackles each.