Augsburg scored a stunning 32-31 victory at St. John’s on Saturday at Clemens Stadium. Below are clips of the final two plays courtesy of Augsburg athletics.
The Concordia running game has been strong through three games, averaging 267.7 yards per game. That ranks second in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference entering Saturday’s game against St. Thomas.
The Cobbers (2-1, 0-1 MIAC) host the No. 3-ranked Tommies (3-0, 1-0) at 1:10 p.m. at Jake Christiansen Stadium.
“We are going to see a really aggressive physical defense, but we’re excited for that,” Cobbers coach Terry Horan said.
Sophomore running back Trent Johnson is averaging 98.7 rushing yards per game. Junior fullback Brett Baune is averaging 90.7 yards per game and has scored six touchdowns this fall. The Cobbers are going to need to continue to establish that running game in order the upset St. Thomas. The Tommies have won the past three games in the series, including a 56-7 home victory last season.
The Cobbers are hoping to bounce back from a 28-21 overtime home loss against St. John’s last Saturday.
“That’s our league,” Horan said. “Week in and week out you have to be ready to go.”
Minnesota State Moorhead hosts Minnesota-Crookston at 1 p.m. Saturday at Alex Nemzek Stadium, a game that is homecoming for the Dragons.
The Dragons (1-2, 0-2 NSIC) are looking to win their first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game this season and get their overall record back to .500.
“It’s certainly exciting for us, as crazy as it sounds, to climb to 2-2 and match our win total that we’ve had in each of the last three seasons by Game 4,” said MSUM first-year head coach Steve Laqua. “That’s an exciting thing and that’s and achievable goal.”
MSUM has posted a 2-9 record in each of the three previous seasons.
The Dragons are coming off a 45-31 loss at Upper Iowa last Saturday. Laqua said his team needs to improve on its consistency.
“We’ve raised the level of play of the good, but the bottom hasn’t pulled itself up with it,” Laqua said. “We’ve got to not have the lows as low as they are. We have to minimize those lows this week.”
Dragons senior quarterback Kevin Koch agreed with Laqua.
“In certain places we are playing better, but we still have those mental errors where we are beating ourselves and we are turning the ball over and those are things that we just can’t have,” Koch said. “We won’t win any games if we keep doing those in our conference.”
Minnesota State Moorhead first-year head football coach Steve Laqua is attempting to turnaround a program that has posted 2-9 records in each of the last past three seasons.
If that wasn’t daunting enough, he also has to teach people around the MSUM campus how to correctly pronounce his last name, Laqua (pronounced LOCK-WAY).
Below is a funny video that Dragons Athletics put together on how to pronounce Laqua and the common mispronunciations. You can also click here to check out another Laqua blog post. Enjoy.
Concordia lost its first game this season Saturday at Jake Christiansen Stadium, at 28-21 overtime loss against St. John’s to open the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schedule. The Cobbers are 2-1 and 0-1 MIAC heading into this weekend’s showdown against St. Thomas.
Below are highlights from the game courtesy of the Concordia sports information department.
Concordia hosts rival St. John’s at 1 p.m. Saturday at Jake Christiansen Stadium. The Johnnies have a 41-30-6 edge in a series that dates back to 1923. The game is the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
The Cobbers (2-0) have not beat the Johnnies (1-1) at “The Jake” since 1986. Will that streak end Saturday?
Here are some fearless predictions:
Eric Peterson, The Forum: The Cobbers are getting the Johnnies at the right time. St. John’s has yet to settle in on one quarterback and the Johnnies defensive front seven is unproven at this point. Concordia senior quarterback Mike Dunham had a big game at Collegeville, Minn., last season (a 40-28 St. John’s win) and appears poised to have another big game. The Cobbers have also run the ball effectively through two games this season, giving them better balance than they had a season ago. That said, it’s never easy against St. John’s. Cobbers 27, Johnnies 24
Dom Izzo, WDAY: This is always the biggest game on the Cobbers schedule every year. They come in hot, averaging more than 30 points per game, but St. John’s has dominated this series as of late with a 16-2-2 record in the past 20 games. Senior quarterback Mike Dunham has to stay upright for the Cobbs to be successful. He got hurt in last year’s game and the Cobbers chances went with him. I expect the Cobbers to be fired up, but I like St. John’s to win. Johnnies 27, Cobbers 21
WDAY’s Trevor Peterson will have his prediction appear in Saturday’s Forum in the Cobbers game day graphic.
Below is a video of Cobbers head coach Terry Horan talking about the game with the Johnnies courtey of the Concordia sports information department.
It’s been 25 years since Concordia has beaten St. John’s at Jake Christiansen Stadium. The date was Oct. 25, 1986 and the score was 17-14. One of the stars of the game was a sophomore wide receiver named Terry Horan, who is now the Cobbers head coach.
Kicker Dave Ertl made a 39-yard field goal with 41 seconds remaining to lift the Cobbers to victory on that fall afternoon in 1986.
Here is the summary from that 1986 Concordia victory.
St. John’s 0 0 0 14-14
Concordia 0 14 0 3-17
CC-Steve Grove 17 run (Ertl kick)
CC-Horan 9 pass from Dan Paladichuk (Ertl kick)
SJ-Chris Chalmers 2 run (Don Pribyl kick)
SJ-Chalmers 2 run (Pribyl kick)
CC-Ertl 39 FG
RUSHING: SJ, Todd Bock 29-79, Reiter 8-27. CC, Grove 23-78, Dale McCullough 8-19, Jon Florence 7-17.
PASSING: SJ, Chalmers 9-22-2 118 yards. CC, Paladichuk 11-21-0 136.
RECEIVING: SJ, Danny Grant 2-48, Dave Woodbeck 1-42, Pribyl 2-29. CC, Kevin Hiedeman 5-80, Horan 6-56.
Since that 1986 game, the Cobbers have beat St. John’s three times at Clemens Stadium in 1988, 2004 and 2008 and Concordia also beat the Johnnies once in the Metrodome in 1990. There have been three ties in the series over the last 25 years – one was at Jake Christiansen Stadium in 1989, one was in the Metrodome in 1992 and one was at Clemens Stadium in 1995.
St. John’s has won the last seven games in the series played at Jake Christiansen Stadium. The Cobbers last win in the series was a 9-6 victory at Clemens Stadium in 2008.
Sophomore safety Bryce Hentges missed the Concordia football season opener with a shoulder injury, but returned to the lineup Saturday, helping the Cobbers to a 35-14 victory against Buena Vista in Storm Lake, Iowa.
“It was a big deal, being one of our top athletes in our program,” Cobbers head coach Terry Horan said.
Hentges had two interceptions in his season debut, including one he returned 68 yards for a touchdown to seal the victory in the fourth quarter. The Cobbers are 2-0 heading into their Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opener. Concordia hosts St. John’s at 1 p.m. Saturday at Jake Christiansen Stadium.
Hentges will likely be a key figure as the Cobbers look to remain unbeaten against their chief rival. The Johnnies hold a 41-30-6 edge in a series that dates back to 1923.
“He’s so athletic,” Horan said of the Hentges, who is from Sauk Centre, Minn. “I could watch him run for days. He’s really got an incredible stride and he anticipates so well.”
Concordia opened its football season with a 37-13 home victory against Dickinson State on Saturday at Jake Christiansen Stadium. The Cobbers are now 45-44-5 in season openers.
Cobbers head coach Terry Horan is 10-1 in home openers. The Blue Hawks built a 13-0 lead early in Saturday’s game before the Cobbers scored 37 unanswered points.
“I like the fact that we didn’t hang our heads,” Horan said. “We were down 13-0 … but we battled through it and showed that we can play.”
Below is a video highlights package from the game courtesy of the Concordia sports information department.
Minnesota State Moorhead has television commercials for football and volleyball that are scheduled to start airing tonight on WDAY-TV. Below are the two spots that are slated to run this week courtesy of the Dragons athletic department.