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At Jake Christiansen Stadium , Sat. Oct. 4, 1997, Concordia vs Bethel, 1:00 Kickoff. , Cobber Homecoming 
 
10/4/97 Game Report: 
 Concordia wins 22-14. 

Concordia beat Bethel 22-14 in Moorhead today behind another strong defensive performance and a ball control rushing offense. 

The Cobber defense held the high scoring Bethel offense to just one touchdown passing and one punt return for a TD as Concordia went to 5-0 on the year, 4-0 in the MIAC. Bethel fell to 3-2 on the year, 2-2 in the MIAC. 

Freshman fullback Len Crouse carried the ball 31 times for the Cobbers for 131 yards and two TDs. Dan Steinbeisser , Concordia's senior halfback, carried the ball 22 times for 106 yards and one TD. The Cobbers ran for 245 yards. Ethan Pole completed 8 of 16 passes for Concordia for 129 yards. 

Bethel gained 296 yards, 140 rushing and 156 on 17 of 36 passing by Matt Lundeen. 

Concordia's Ryan Sannes led the Cobber defense with 11 tackles, a blocked field goal and two sacks. 

Bethel jumped out to a 8-0 lead with 458 left in the first quarter on a 9-yard Matt Lundeen to Jeremy Belisle touchdown. Crouse  came back with a 2 yard TD with 46 seconds left in the first quarter to cap a 9 play, 61 yard drive. 

Crouse  scored again from 1 yard out with 11:56 left in the half to make it 12-8 Concordia. It stayed that way until Dan Steinbeisser  scored from 9 yards out with 3:26 left  in the third quarter to make it 19-8. 

Bethel's Kirk Midthun made it a 19-14 game with a 70-yard punt return for a TD with 12:48 left in the game. But Concordia went back up by 8 with a Clayton Horgan 30-yard field goal with 7:26 left in the game. The Cobbers hung on to win 22-14. 

The Cobber win, along with a St. Thomas 34-31 win today at Gustavus,  sets  up a battle of unbeatens next week at St. Thomas

See Box Score | | Play by Play

10/4/97 game day pre-game notes: 
Concordia enters the game ranked No. 2 in the nation in scoring defense at 3.5 ppg. Concordia is No. 7 in total defense, giving up just 185 ypg. 

Bethel is no 13 in the Nation in total offense at 481 ypg and No. 4 in passing offense at 337. 3 ypg. 

Matt Lundeen, the Bethel QB is No. 10 in the nation in Passing efficiency at 173.6. Lundeen is No. 3 in the nation in total offense per game at 315 ypg. 

Bethel receiver #80 Jeremy Belisle (So. 6-0 192) is No. 15 in the nation in receiving at 117 ypg. 

Today‚s game marks the 20th meeting between the Bethel Royals  and the 4-0 Cobbers  in a series that dates to 1978.  Concordia holds a 16-3 series advantage but two of those Bethel wins have come in the past three years.   Bethel comes in with a 3-1 record, 2-1 in the MIAC. They remain one of the favorites to win the MIAC despite their  31-21 loss last week to an improving Gustavus team. 

Last Year‚s Game: 
Bethel jumped to a 21-0 advantage at the half on their way to a 41-7 win over Concordia in St. Paul.  Bethel quarterback Matt Lundeen ran for two TDs and passed for a third. 

1996  Seasons: 
Last year Bethel  finished 9-1, 8-1 and alone in 2nd in the  MIAC. 
Concordia finished 6-4-0 overall and fourth in the MIAC with a 6-3-0 league record. 

The Coaches: 
Steve Johnson  is in his 9th  season at Bethel with a record of  48-34-1 record. He is a 1979 Bethel graduate. He held positions as an assistant at St. Cloud State, head coach at St. cloud Cathedral High, and assistant jobs at the University  of Minnesota and Montana State before returning to Bethel as head coach. 
 Jim Chistopherson is in his  29th season as head coach at Concordia with a 200-82-7 record and a 16-3 mark against Bethel.  Christopherson has the third most wins of any active coach in NCAA Division III. 
 

9/28/97 
Bethel lost to Gustavus 31-21 yesterday 
See those Game Stats and the Play by Play for that game 

9/23/97 
Read Summary of Bethel's 62-14 win over Carleton on Sept. 20

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Fargo Forum Coverage 10/5/97: Crouse carries load for Cobbers  
 

Broadcast Info: 
- 1280 AM Radio, Larry Knutson with play by play and Craig Samuelson with color commentary. 
Pregame show begins at 12:40.