HU football coach John Pate said early in the week he wanted to mix things up a bit on offense this week. His alchemy produced some sparks before an excellent Homecoming Crowd at Klas Field. Hamline fell to Concordia, 35-15 but not before throwing a few curves along the way.
The Piper defense stood up well to burly Brett Baune, CC's 245-pound bowling ball of a fullback. Baune did score twice but only rushed for 75 yards, below his season average. Cobber QB Michael Dunham inflicted the most serious damage, rushing for 102 yards and a pair of second half scores.
Baune's two TDs had given CC a 14-0 lead when the fun began. Midway through the second quarter, Hamline's Michael Doherty (Sr., Farmington, Minn.) recovered a Baune fumble at the CC 17. HU got to the 2-yard line before being pushed back, settling for Alex Ferguson's (Jr., Kent, Wash) first career field goal, a 28-yarder. The Cobbers went down the field to score to make it 21-3. On the ensuing kickoff, Tim Queck (Sr., Annandale, Minn.) took the ball for eight yards and threw the ball crossfield to Damon Woods (Fy., Burnsville, Minn.), who scampered 80 yards untouched for a TD.
Dunham put the result out of reach by scoring a pair of third quarter TDs. But the Pipers kept nibbling. They forced a 4th quarter fumble at midfield that was recovered by John-Michael Vandenberg (Jr., Bothel, Wash.) who ran it to the CC 19. Four plays later, Corey Touchette (Fy., Bainbridge Island, Wash.) ran in for his first college TD and it was 35-15. The next drive got as far as the CC 18 before the Cobbers stiffened.
When it was over, the Pipers had held Dunham to just 129 passing yards, nearly 70 yards below his season average.
Hamline fell to 0-7 overall, 0-5 in the MIAC. They play at St. Olaf next Saturday at 1:00 p.m.