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1980 Cobber Football

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Football team tops conference

Football was once again the brightest spot in the Concordia athletic picture, as this year's team captured the conference title outright, after sharing it for the past two years. The Cobbers finished with a 7-1 conference record and were 8-2 overall.

The 23-22 season-ending win over Gustavus Adolphus College was a dramatic climax, and the game itself came to a heartpounding conclusion.

Coming into that final contest,  both  Concordia and Gustavus had 6-1 conference records. The Cobbers' record was impressive, particularly since they were plagued with a series of injuries that put sophomores and freshmen in several key starting roles. Three shutouts were recorded, and the only loss was a 14-26 game with the College of St. Thomas.

Early in the Gustavus game, it looked as though the advanced billing of a close game was wrong. The Cobbers scored two touchdowns in the first quarter and led 13-3 at halftime. But Gustavus is known as a strong team that wears down opponents and defeats them late in the game. It started to look like that was happening. The Gusties marched steadily and scored with only seconds remaining, to trail by one point. They decided to go for a two-point conversion and a definite win or loss rather than a one-point conversion to tie it. The pass went wide, the game was over, the Cobbers were the champs.

"It is the most dramatic finish I recall at this field," said head coach Jim Christopherson ('60) Watching the game along with 3,200 other people were Jake Christiansen - the man for whom the stadium is named and another retired coach Lloyd Hollingsworth of Gustavus.

Many honors followed the conference title. Christopherson was named MIAC Coach of the Year, based on this season 5 per formance and his 85-31-1 record  after 11 seasons. Also, six team  members were  named  all-conference. They are  seniors  Bart Bridwell and Mark Reysse  of Moorhead; senior Jon Dahl of Detroit Lakes, Minn., senior  Ralph Halvorson of Belgrade, Minn.; senior Jeff Holter ofFertile, Minn.; and junior Dave Rosengren of Plymouth, Minn.


1980 Cobber Football Schedule


 

    1980 Concordia Football

      Opponent           W/L  CC OPP

      Eau Claire, WI      W   30   7

      Moorhead State      L    0  26

     *Hamline University  W   34   8

     *Macalester College  W   31   0

     *Bethel College      W   49   3

     *St. Thomas College  L   14  26

     *St. John's College  W   19   0

     *Augsburg College    W   10   0

     *St. Olaf College    W   16   6

     *Gustavus Adolphus   W   23  22



    Record: 8-2

    MIAC Record: 7-1, 1st

    Coach:  Jim Christopherson

    Captain(s)Mike Zigler, Ralph Halvorson

    1980 All-Conference: seniors Bart Bridwell, 

Jeff Holter, Jon Dahl, Ralph Halvorson, 

Mark Heysse, junior Dave Rosengren)


1980 MIAC Football Race



1980
 SCHOOL            W   L   T
 Concordia         7   1   0
 Gustavus          6   2   0
 St. John's        5   3   0
 Hamline           5   3   0
 St. Olaf          4   4   0
 Augsburg          4   4   0
 St. Thomas        2   5   1
 Bethel            2   6   0
 Macalester        0   7   1
 Concordia - 11th Championship
 


1980 Cobber Season Stats




1980 Cobber Football Roster



 Number Name Year Position Height Weight Hometown (High School)
 11 THOMPSON, MARK Jr. K 6'2" 170 Moorhead
 12 RASMUS, RON So. QB 6'1" 185 Forest Grove, OR
 13 HOLTER, JEFF Sr. K 5'10" 173 Floodwood (Fertile)
 14 SAMUELSON, CRAIG Jr. OB 6'2" 185 Pelican Rapids
 15 ZIGLER, CHUCK Jr. RB 6'1" 195 Blame
 16 LINGO, STEVE So. FS 6'3" 185 New Hope (Armstrong)
 17 ANDERSON, DAVE So. QB 6'2" 182 Rugby, ND
 18 CANAKES,JEFF Sr. K 61" 190 Edlna(West)
 19 RASMUS, BRAD So. DB 6'1" 190 Crookston
 20 JORGENSON, RANDY Jr. RB 5'11" 180 Pelican Rapids
 21 EGEBERG, DICK So. RB 5'9" 160 St. Louis Park
 22 OLSON, DAN Jr. SS 511" 175 Buffalo
 23 HOLM, STEVE Sr. SE 5'10" 155 Oakland, CA
 25 HAUGSTAD, KEVIN So. RB 6'0" 188 Preston
 26 BRUNS, MARK Sr. CB 6'0" 180 Walker
 27 SANNES, RON Fr. FS 5'11" 176 Fertile
 28 RICHARDSON, GREG Fr. RB 6'0" 190 South Brunswick, NJ
 29 SIMPSON, ANTHONY So. SE 6'1" 175 Bloomington (Lincoln)
 30 LARSON, BRAD Sr. CB 5'11" 180 Milan
 31 GRORUD, JIM So. FB 6'1" 195 New London-Spicer
 33 BUTENHOFF, CHUCK Sr. RB 6'0" 185 Lewistown, MT
 34 SIMMONS, CRAIG Fr. TE 6'3" 195 Fertile
 35 ROTTO, NELSON Fr. FB 6'1" 190 Bemidji
 36 KLUG, JIM Jr. FB 6'3" 220 Litchfield
 37 WANNER, MARK Jr. FB 6'0" 210 Willmar
 38 SANDVEN, TERRY Sr. FS 6'3" 180 Milan
 39 WEBER, STEVE So. SE 5'11" 165 Grand Forks, ND
 40 ARNDT KEVIN So. LB 6'2" 205 Willmar
 41 REDEMSKE, MARK Jr. 55 6'1" 180 5 ta p le 5
 42 SOLHEIM, JOHN So. CB 6'1" 175 Barnum
 43 ROSENGREN, DAVE Jr. DE 6'3" 210 St. Louis Park
 44 LORENZ, RICH Jr. CB 5'11" 185 Alexandria
 45 WEYERS, JAY Sr. LB 5'10" 210 Fargo, ND (South)
 46 HALVORSON, RALPH Sr. LB 6'0" 210 Belgrade
 47 BORCHARD, DAVE So. CB 5'10" 187 Redfield, SD
 48 JUNGERS, STEVE So. FS 5'10" 185 Moose Lake
 49 STENSO, CAL Jr. SS 5'11" 185 Alexandria
 50 BROWN, CHUCK Sr. C 6'2' 235 Great Falls, MT
 51 LAGESON, JOHN So. G 6'0" 205 St. Paul (Murray)
 52 PETERSON, BRAD So. LB 6'0" 205 Brainerd
 53 BROLSMA, GREG Jr. C 6'0" 230 Dunnell (Sherburn)
 54 KIRKHORN, BRIAN Jr. DE 6'2" 190 Great Falls, MT (C.M. Russell)
 55 BURSACK, MIKE Sr. MG 6'0" 220 Grand Marais
 56 BURNS, JOHN Jr. LB 6'0" 200 Wadena
 57 YOUSO, MIKE Jr. G 6'1" 210 Moose Lake
 59 LARSON, MARK So. C 6'0" 190 Wadena
 60 LINDAHL, ROGER Fr. LB 6'2" 201 Belgrade
 61 MERGENS, EARL So. T 6'2" 210 Staples
 62 HENNUM, PETE Sr. G 6'0" 215 Cloquet
 63 RIMMEREID, BRUCE Jr. G 6'0" 215 Brainerd
 64 BEZENEK, CLAY Fr. G 6'1" 205 Battle Lake
 65 LaROWE, JUDD So. DT 6'2" 205 Clara City
 66 SCHWARTZ, DAVE Jr. DE 6'1" 206 Billings, MT (Central)
 67 TEELING, JOHN So. MG 6'1" 200 Billings, MT (West)
 68 EIDELBES, LYLE Sr. T 62" 230 Tower-Soudan
 69 GILBERT, GARY So. G 6'0" 212 Hermantown
 70 TOMMERDAHL, MARK So. T 6'3" 230 Fergus Falls
 71 McMILLAN, DOUG So. DT 6'2" 225 Absarokee, MT
 72 LINDBERG, BRAD Jr. DT 6'3" 215 Rothsay
 73 HINTERMEISTER, DWIGHT Sr. MG 61" 230 Rochester (Mayo)
 74 BRIDWELL, BART Sr. T 6'3" 225 Moorhead
 75 LAHREN, KRIS Fr. T 6'2" 225 Fargo, ND (North)
 76 JONES, DAVE Jr. T 61" 225 Blinds, Mt (Senior)
 77 HEYSSE, MARK Sr. DT 6'3" 230 Moorhead
 78 VANGERUD, BOB Jr. G 6'2" 220 Roseville
 79 LAHTI, STEVE Sr. DT 6'4" 235 Eveleth
 80 EKMAN, MARK Si. DE 6'4" 205 ColumbIa Heights
 81 ZIGLER, MIKE Sr. TE 6'3" 223 Blame
 82 SIMONSON, PETE Sr. DE 6'1" 190 MadIson, WI
 83 BERGLAND, DOUG Jr. K 6'3" 185 Carrington, ND
 84 BENSON, JEFF So. SE 6'1" 175 Moorhead
 85 ROEN, DAVE So. DE 6'3" 215 Lake Park
 86 HOFST EDT, MITCH So. TE 6'3" 208 St. Louis Park
 87 BRANDEEN, CRAIG So. DE 6'2" 207 New Brighton
 88 DAHL, JON Sr. SE 6'0" 175 Detroit Lakes
 89 GOTTA, JOE So. SE 6'2" 174 Moorhead
 

1980 freshman roster

Name Position Height Weight Hometown (High School)
ARNDT, MIKE DT 6'S" 210 Moorhead
ANDERSON, LONN G 5'7" 180 Duluth (Denfeld)
ANDERSON, MARK C 6'2" 208 Fargo, ND (North)
BERGLAND, HOWARD OB 6'2" 175 Carrington, ND
BLASKE, DAVID RB 5'9" 183 Princeton
BUTENHOFF, JOHN LB 5'111/2" 185 Lewistown, MT
BURROS, ERIK DE 6'1" 210 Marshall
BEZENEK, CLAY G 6'1" 205 Battle Lake
DURAN, DAVID MG 6'1" 185 Grand Haven, MI
GADBERRY, JON G 5'11" 180 Moorhead
GROVER, PAUL DT 6'2" 195 Alexandria
HESER, JOE RB 6'0" 170 Wolf Point, MT
HERTEL, DAN DB 5'11" 165 Moorhead
HVIDSTEN, CRAIG T 6'4" 210 Stephen
LAHREN, KRIS T 6'2" 225 Fargo, ND (North)
LASKE, JIM RB 5'10" 172 Moorhead
LARSON, RICHARD FS 6'0" 165 Milan
LINDBERG, GREG QB 5'101A" 175 Rothsay
LINDAHL, ROGER LB 6'2" 201 Belgrade
MARTINEAU, SCOTT QB 6'4" 205 Owatonna
MICHAELSON, BOB RB 5'10" 185 Lake Park
MICHAELSON, RICH LB 5'11" 207 Lake Park
MELBYE, RICK FS 5'10" 165 Detroit Lakes
NILSEN, PER C 5'11" 165 Iowa City, IA (Morris)
NELSON, MARK SE 6'2" 185 Alexandria
NESS, ERIC TE 6'3" 183 Minneapolis (Lutheran)
OAN ES, TROY OT 6'2" 200 Moorhead
OLSON,JEFF TE 6'2½" 185 Milan
PAVEK, TODD DB 5'9" 180 Fargo, ND (South)
PETERSON, VON CB 5'9" 180 Browns Valley
PRATT, JON K 6'S" 195 Mayville, ND
RICHARDSON, GREG RB 6'0" 190 South Brunswick, NJ
ROTTO, NELSON FB 6'1" 190 Bemidji
SANNES, RON FS 5'11" 180 Beltrami(Fertiie-Beltrami)
SAMUELSON, PAUL DB 5'10" 165 Minot, ND
SELJEVOLD, PETER SE 6'1" 175 Moorhead
SHEPLEY, TOM SE 6'1" 190 Redwood Falls
SIMMONS, CRAIG TE 6'3" 205 Fertile
SMITH, BROCK DE 6'3" 205 Alexandria
STENSTROM, MIKE G 5'10" 184 Duluth (Denfeld)
SWAN BERG, DAVID SE 6'0" 160 East Grand Forks
THORSON, MARV OB 60" 170 Page, ND
THOM, BOB SB 5'8½" 180 Moorhead
WITTWER, JIM RB 5'10" 170 Redwood Falls
 
 
 


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