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Cobbers 2004 Season
Sept.18 at UST W 20-7
Sept.25 CARLETON W 40-15
Oct.2 at GAC W 42-27
Oct.9 HAMLINE W 42-0
Oct.16 at SJU W 21-20
Oct.23 BETHEL W 34-23
Oct.30 AUGSBURG W 31-6
Nov.6 at St. Olaf W 50-7
Nov.12 MENLO W 30-0
Nov.20 WARTBURG W 28-14
Tigers 2004 Season
Sept.18 LEWIS&CLARK W 31-6
Sept.25 at Cal Luth.W 24-7
Oct. 2 COLO. COLL. W 50-23
Oct. 9 WHITTIER W 42-13
Oct. 23 at Redlands W 42-28
Oct. 30 POMONA W 27-16
Nov. 6 at La Verne W 43-27
Nov. 13 CLAREMONT W 42-13
Nov. 20 WILLAMETTE W 28-14
Game will be played inside where it is a constant 70 degrees!
November 27, 2004 vs. Occidental College - Noon
at the Fargodome - Fargo, N.D.
2nd Round NCAA Playoffs
12 (NCAA 2nd Round): Occidental Tigers (9-1) at Concordia College
The Starting Lineups:
Cobbers vs. Tigers Stat Breakdown (Overall Games)
Cobbers vs. Tigers Preview
Concordia head coach Terry Horan (Concordia ’89) is in his fourth year as head football coach at Concordia College. Last season he helped the Cobbers to a 7-3 overall mark and a 6-2 MIAC record. In 2002 he was named the MIAC Coach of the Year as he guided the Cobbers to a second place finish. In his first three seasons at the helm, he has compiled a 17-8 conference record and a 19-11 overall mark.
After 21 seasons as head
coach at Occidental, Dale Widolff has built one of the most successful
small-college football programs in the West. His record in the past three
years stands at 20-7 with one SCIAC championship. In 2003, Widolff's
squad finished 7-2 with the best overall record in the conference earning
second place. The previous year his 2002 team finished 5-4.
Widolff's 2001 squad clinched the conference title with a 8-1 overall record
and went undefeated in SCIAC play. With seven conference titles and three
trips to the NCAA national playoffs, Widolff's Tigers have established
a sterling tradition of "winning football."
This is the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
The Marquee Match-Up - Three for the Price of One!!
Since the game coincides with the busiest shopping time of the year, the Gameday staff thought we should have a sale of our own so we are going with a 3-fer sale on the marquee match-up. We are going to give you one and throw in the second and third key matchups for no extra price. All this, and no long lines, what could be better!!
Cobber Pass Defense vs.
Occidental Passing Attack
Cobber Passing Attack
vs. Occidental Pass Defense
Cobber Kick Coverage vs.
Occidental Return Specialists
Scouting the Tigers
Occidental won their first playoff game since 1985 when they downed Willamette 28-14 last Saturday. The Tigers have a high-octaned offense that averages 36.6 points per game. They average 383.6 yards of total offense per game. One of the keys for the Tiger offense is their mammoth offensive line. Occidental’s line averages 292 pounds and they have three players who weigh at least 300 pounds. Quarterback Andy Collins is a freshman and has thrown for over 1,500 yards. Ryan Gonzales leads the team in rushing with 483 yards on 93 carries. He has scored 16 TD’s on the year and is ranked 14th nationally. Defensively, Occidental does a great job of bending but not breaking. They allow 353.8 yards of offense per game, but only allow opponents to score 18.2 pts per game. Anthony Ostland has 11 sacks on the season and ranks eighth nationally.
Spurred on by their first postseason win since 1986, Concordia players and the offense and defense climbed the national statistical charts. The biggest move was made by wide receiver Andrew Passanante who now factors in three different categories.
Here is a recap of the Cobber individual and team stat leaders.
Passanante is now tied for 12th in receiving yards per game (103.0). After his nine-catch performance against the Knights, he is now 31st in catches per game (6.3). He has also climbed onto the charts in punt return average. "Pace" is now 34th with a 11.6 yard average. Brian Schumacher continues to stay in the top 20 in passing efficiency. He is ranked 15th in that category (149.9). On defense, Jordan Talge is now tied for 8th in interceptions per game (0.7) and 21st in passes defended per game (1.5). After his record-breaking performance, Josh Dietz is now 24th in solo tackles (6.4). Unable to get on the field to kick a field goal because of the Cobbers' proficiency in the red-zone, Brian Halverson has slid into a tie for 15th in field goals per game (1.0).
As a team, the Cobber defense has steadily made the climb into the top ten in three different categories. Concordia is ranked fifth in total defense (218.2), sixth in rushing defense (72.8) and sixth in scoring defense (11.1). The Cobbers are also ranked 11th in pass efficiency defense (82.9). Offensively, Concordia is now ranked in two categories. The Cobbers are tied for 33rd in scoring offense (33.5) and 35th in rush offense (223.0)
Offense and special teams
highlight Occidental's national statistical leaders. Quarterback Andy
Collins is ranked 16th in passing efficiency (149.2). Running back
Gonzales is tied for 20th in points per game (9.6). On special teams,
punter Cory Ohnesorge is 14th in the nation in punt average (39.8)
and return specialist Zac Sakowski is fifth in punt return average
(17.1). The final Tiger individual among the national leaders is defensive
lineman Anthony Ostland. Ostland currently ranks sixth in sacks
per game (1.3).
The only category the Tigers
make the charts in as a team is scoring offense. Occidental is ranked 27th
with a 35.7 point per game average.
89th Season of Cobber Football
The 2004 season marks Concordia’s 89th year of intercollegiate football, and the Cobbers hold an all-time record of 433-246-39 …Football was started at Concordia in 1916 by Mr. A. M. Sattre. The first game for the Cobbers was against Valley City Normal. Valley City won that game 12-0…Concordia has won three national championships and won the MIAC on 17 different occasions.
The Last Time:
By Cobbers: 2004 vs. Menlo, 30-0
By Opponent: 1998 vs. St. John’s 21-0
300 Yards Rushing
By Cobbers: 2003 vs. Augsburg College, 517 yards
By Opponent: 2000, St. Thomas, 358 yards
300 Yards Passing
By Cobbers: 2004 vs. Hamline, 362 yards
By Opponent: 2003, Menlo College, 333 yards
500 Total Yards
By Cobbers: 2004 vs. Hamline, 591 yards
By Opponent: 2001, St. Olaf College, 500 yards
By Cobbers: 2004 vs. St. Olaf, 50-7
By Opponent: 2000, Bethel College, 60-21
By Cobbers: 2004 vs. Hamline, 42-0
By Opponent: 2003, Menlo College, 44-41
Cobber Individual Offense
200 Yards Rushing
By Cobbers: 1995 vs. St. Olaf College, Kyle Odermann, 214 yards
By Opponent: 2001, Gustavus, Andy Traetow, 209 yards
100 Yard Receiving Game
By Cobbers: 2004 vs. St. Olaf, Andrew Passanante, 154 yards
By Opponent: 2003, St. John’s, Blake Elliot, 132 yards
300 Yard Passing Game
By Cobbers: 2003 vs. St. Olaf College, Ryan Hebrink, 304 yards
By Opponent: 2003, Menlo College, Frank Borba, 333 yards
4 Touchdowns Rushing
By Cobbers: 1995 vs. St. Olaf College, Kyle Odermann
By Opponent: 1998, MSU-Moorhead, Tony Duerr (5)
5 Touchdowns Passing
By Cobbers: 2004 vs. Hamline, Brian Schumacher
By Opponent: 1998, Gustavus, Bob Southworth
4 Touchdowns Receiving
By Cobbers: 1987 vs. Hamline, Terry Horan
By Opponent: ?
Cobber Individual Defense
20 or More Tackles
By Cobbers: 2003 vs. St. John’s, Josh Dietz, 20
By Opponent: 2003, Bethel, Sam Lacy, 20
5 or More Sacks
By Cobbers: 1999 vs. Hamline, Mark Hankel, 5
By Opponent: 2000, St. John’s, Brian Zirbes, 6
3 or More Interceptions
By Cobbers: 1994 vs. Hamline, Stu Lang, 3
By Opponent: 2002, St. John’s, Jeremy Goltz, 3
Cobber Individual/Special Teams:
Kickoff Returned for a Touchdown
By Cobbers: 2003, vs. St. Olaf College, Bobby Clark, 85 yards
By Opponent 2004, St. John's, Lee Clintsman, 94 yards
Punt Returned for a Touchdown
By Cobbers: 2002, vs. Hamline, Bobby Clark, 70 yards
By Opponent 1997, Bethel College, Kirk Midthun, 70 yards
Extra Point Blocked
By Cobbers: 2003 vs. Augsburg, Josh Vickerman
By Opponent: 2004, Menlo College
Field Goal Over 40 Yards
By Cobbers: 2003 vs. Carleton College, 40 yards, Brian Halverson
By Opponent: 2003, Bethel College, Paul Tschetter, 52 yards
3 Field Goals
By Cobbers: 2004, vs. MSU-Moorhead, Brian Halverson
By Opponents: 1998, Augsburg College, Martin Hlinka (4)
News and Notes
Stop, Cobber Time
Steady Eddy III
Passanante had the dubious distinction of erasing his coach’s record from the history book. Passanante had 96 receiving yards, which broke Terry Horan’s mark of 1,132 receiving yards by a single yard. Passanante now has 1,133 yards on the year.
Dietz broke Shayne Lindsay’s record of 69 solo tackles in a season. Dietz had five solo tackles against Wartburg and now has 70 on the year. He has 114 total tackles on the year, and needs 13 more to break Dave Benson’s mark.
Finally, Schumacher broke the most recent record of the three. Schumacher finished last week's game with 222 total offensive yards. That gives him 2385 for the season and breaks the record set by Ryan Hebrink last season. Hebrink's old mark was 2296.
Records that Still Need
to Be Watched!
- Josh Dietz, after setting the record for most solo tackles in a season, needs 13 more total tackles to break Dave Benson's 1989 record of 126.
- Junior kicker Brian Halverson was not helped in his quest for the record for most field goals in a single season last week. He is tied with Chris Reimertz (’91) for the most field goals in a single season. Both kickers knocked home 11 field goals. Reimertz set the mark in 1989 and then again in 1990.
Halverson led the MIAC in scoring by a kicker (71 pts.), field goals (11), field goal percentage (78.6) and extra point percentage (95.0). He was 4-for-4 in field goals under 30 yards, 6-for-8 from 30 to 39 yards out and 1-for-2 from beyond 40 yards. His longest field goal of the year was a 40-yarder against St. John’s.
The award is presented to the Outstanding Division III football player of the year. The Gagliardi Trophy is the equivalent to the NCAA Division I Heisman Award.
The announcement of the nomination is another in the long list of awards that Talge has already received this year. On Monday he was named to the MIAC All-Conference First Team. Earlier in the month he was named to the prestigious CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team.
Talge is one of the five senior captains for the Cobbers. He helped Concordia to one of their best seasons ever. The team is currently 11-0 and finished the regular season ranked fourth in the nation. He is one of the leaders of the defense that is ranked in the top ten in the nation in scoring defense and overall defense.
Talge led the MIAC in interceptions and passes defended. He currently has eight interceptions, 36 solo tackles and 48 total tackles and 17 passes defended. He was named the MIAC Defensive Player of the Week on October 25, and was also named to the Don Hansen’s Football Gazette and D3football.com’s Team of the Week on October 26.
The other finalist for the award are: Scott Burnoski, WR, UW-La Crosse; Zac Bruney, QB, Mount Union; David Crowley, WR, Centre; Nick Cushman, WR, Albright; Rocky Meyers, FS, Wesley; Lance Moore, RB, Hardin-Simmons; Brad Musso, WR, Wheaton; Tony Sutton, RB, Wooster; Daniel Swanstrom, QB, Rhodes.
Cobbers Set School Record
for MIAC Ppostseason Honors
The three major awards handed out by the conference coaches all went to Concordia players. Brian Schumacher was named the conference MVP. Terry Horan won Coach of the Year honors for the second time in four years and offensive tackle Nick Didier was named the Stam Award winner which goes to the top offensive and defensive lineman in the conference.
Here is a recap of the Cobber
Concordia Second Team All-Conference: Jason Kelly (offensive line), Travis Christensen (running back), Evan Emmerich (defensive line), Doug Runke (linebacker), Tanner Radermacher (defensive back)
Honorable Mention: Travis Almquist (defensive line), Ryan Johnson (offensive
line), Shawn Reile (wide receivers) _______________________________________________________________________________
Saturday’s game is a match-up of two similar teams. Concordia-Moorhead (11-0), currently ranked #4 in the nation by d3football.com, advanced to the second round with a 28-14 win over Wartburg, its first post-season win since 1986. Like Occidental, the Cobbers scored a touchdown in each quarter and dominated on defense, allowing just 211 total yards in the game.
Quarterback Brian Schumacher, MVP of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference this season, directs the Cobbers’ offense and, like Oxy quarterback Andy Collins, is an equal threat to run or pass. Concordia-Moorhead’s defense has allowed 11.1 points per game this season compared to Occidental’s 17.8 while the Tigers have scored 35.7 points per game to Concordia’s 33.5.
The Cobbers’ top receiver, Andrew Passanante, is a cousin of Occidental kicker Thomas Joraanstad ’07.
“Concordia-Moorhead combines a passing game with a triple option attack and that’s a very effective combination,” notes veteran head coach Dale Widolff. “We’re going to need another very strong defensive effort and offensively we can’t afford to let ourselves become unbalanced between the run and the pass.”
Occidental’s last trip to the Midwest came in 1985, the same year the Tigers recorded their last playoff win prior to the triumph over Willamette.
“I think it’s great not just for us, but for the SCIAC in general,” Occidental receiver Zac Sakowski said. “People think we’re just liberal arts schools with a bunch of smart kids who happen to play football.”
The Tigers, who earned the last SCIAC playoff victory with a home win over St. John’s, will travel to Concordia-Moorhead next week in the second round of the playoffs, skipping the Thanksgiving weekend at home and balmy November days in Southern California.
“It’ll be fun for our kids to see another part of the country,” said Occidental coach Dale Widolff, who was at the helm during the Tigers’ playoff appearances in the 1980s. “It’ll be interesting for them to play in 30-, 40-, 50-degree weather.”
With a blazing sun overhead on Saturday, Collins connected with Sakowski for a 71-yard catch-and-run one minute into the third quarter, and the defense came up with a goal-line stand in the fourth during the Tigers’ 14-0 second half.
“I give a ton of credit to Occidental,” said Willamette coach Mark Speckman, who brought his team south from the powerful Northwest Conference. “I think they played great, especially in the second half. We were just extremely sporadic.”
While the Tigers (10-1) were spreading the field for Collins to throw, Willamette had a hard time getting its touted Fly offense off the ground. Occidental put as many as nine players in the box, daring the Bearcats to pass, especially when starting quarterback Cameron Walton left with a shoulder injury.
Occidental didn’t pass efficiently, but they did make their best plays in the air.
On second-and-9 at the start of the third quarter, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Collins checked out of a run play and zipped a pass to Sakowski in the left flat. Mike Winchell made a key block, and Sakowski broke the safety’s tackle and zoomed down the home sideline for a 21-14 lead with 13:59 to play in the quarter.
Collins said the audible was a halftime adjustment the Tigers wanted to use when the Bearcats’ outside linebackers showed blitz. On the touchdown, he caught them in one.
“That really set the tone of the second half,” he said.
On the second play of the fourth quarter, Willamette’s Michael Plank called for a fair catch on a punt deep into Bearcat territory. He fell to his knees and did not touch the ball, and no one chased it until Occidental downed it on the 15. After a brief delay, the officiating crew, from the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, ruled that it had touched a Bearcat and gave the Tigers a first down.
Three plays later, Collins hit Sakowski on a slant to give Occidental a two-touchdown lead.
Plank, Willamette’s punt returner and backup quarterback, threw a deep play-action pass on the Bearcats’ first play, but that was intercepted by Derek Turbin on the Tigers’ 8-yard line. Occidental followed with a fumble on its first play, and the Bearcats had four chances to cut the gap to one score.
Quentin Brock rumbled for four yards on the first play, and Plank fumbled the exchange on second down. Third down was an incompletion on a slant to Brett Meyer during which he and Turbin were tangled up but no penalty was called.
On fourth down, Occidental’s Norman Williams brought down Plank from behind to end the threat with 12:47 to play.
“Our guard missed a block, and No. 32 made a nice play,” Speckman said. “He kind of knifed through the line.”
Willamette got the ball back but once more, punting with 7:20 left and watching the Tigers run the clock out.
Occidental got on the board first, opening the game with an 11-play, 53-yard drive capped by Collins’ 13-yard TD pass to Josh Jones. Willamette tied the game later in the first quarter when Wesley Randall blocked an Occidental punt and Kevin Dean recovered in the end zone.
Jones hauled in a 38-yard TD pass from Collins six minutes before the half, and the Bearcats struck quickly just before the half, after Meyer caught a 20-yard pass from Walton on third-and-17. It took Willamette just three running plays to go 49 yards after that, but that appeared to be the only time the Fly worked effectively.
“Everyone all week was saying you can’t stop the Fly,” said Sakowski of Willamette’s motion and misdirection-based offense. “For the most part, our defense dominated the game.”
Widolff noted that Occidental had given up just 54 points in the first half all season. Most of the points scored against them had come late in blowouts.
Speckman, who felt his team was fortunate to make the playoff field, was very disappointed in their 10-penalty performance. Willamette (7-4) also had two turnovers, muffed a punt, fumbled exchanges and drew multiple facemask, illegal shift and pass interference calls.
“I don’t think we would’ve gotten here playing like that all year,” said Speckman, whose team played top-10 Mary Hardin-Baylor and Linfield in the regular season. “It’s a recipe for disaster when you don’t score in the red zone, all the calls don’t go your way and you shoot yourself in the foot. … We hurt ourselves, but Occidental hurt us too.”
Though they were banged up
by a physical Willamette team, the Tigers won’t have to worry about hurt
for at least another week. They earned Division III football in Southern
California a little respect, and get another chance to do it next week.
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