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Eric Peterson, Published October 24 2010

College football: Cobbers pop Pipers

Mike Dunham was virtually flawless through the first 16 minutes of the game Saturday at Jake Christiansen Stadium.

The Concordia quarterback completed 12 of his first 14 pass attempts, including three for touchdowns, to spark the Cobbers to a 30-3 victory against Hamline in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football.

“He’s been on a roll and the rhythm has been there,” said Cobbers head coach Terry Horan. “He can run, he can throw and we just have great timing right now.”

The Cobbers (4-4, 3-3 MIAC) have won their past three games to improve their record to .500 both overall and in the conference.

“With a young football team I’m proud of the fact that we are getting better,” Horan said.

Dunham finished with 253 passing yards, completing 21 of 32 passes. The

6-foot-2, 195-pound junior, from Willmar, Minn., has passed for 1,502 yards this season.

“I think we had an advantage with our receivers against our secondary and I think we took advantage,” said Dunham, who is 42 yards away from cracking the school’s all-time Top 10 for passing yards in a season.

“We didn’t miss a beat from the last couple games. We started out well. We started out hot.”

The Cobbers punted on their first possession before scoring touchdowns on their next three drives. Junior receiver Bronson Shepherd hauled in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Dunham with 14 minutes, 22 seconds remaining in the second quarter.

That score staked Concordia to a 20-0 lead. At that point, Dunham had completed 12 of 14 passes for 153 yards and three TDs.

“We came out and Dunham got hot right away,” said Shepherd, who caught nine passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns. “He’s a tremendous athlete and we all trust him and we know the ball is going to be in our hands every route we run.”

That was more than enough points for a Cobbers defense that limited the Pipers to 207 yards. Concordia forced three turnovers and held Hamline to 37 rushing yards on 37 attempts.

Cobber senior cornerback Luke Hvidston played a key defensive role, intercepting two passes in the third quarter. Both came after Hamline had moved the ball into Concordia territory.

“Those are two big picks, I mean they were driving,” Horan said.

Hvidston has a team-high four interceptions this season.

“All and all, I was pretty proud of our performance, but we can get better though,” Horan said. “That’s what we are going to strive for.”

Hamline 0 3 0 0– 3

Concordia 13 10 0 7–30

CC–Starke 11 pass from Dunham (Diaz kick)

CC–Shepherd 6 pass from Dunham (kick failed)

CC–Shepherd 10 pass from Dunham (Diaz kick)

HU–Broback 35 FG

CC–Diaz 37 FG

CC–Baune 6 run (Diaz kick)

TEAM STATISTICS

HU CC

First downs 14 23

Rushes-yards 37-37 36-128

Passing 170 273

Comp-Att-Int 14-26-3 23-36-1

Punts-Avg. 6-37.2 3-45.0

Fumbles-Lost 2-0 2-1

Penalties-Yards 3-20 5-53

Time of Possession 29:48 30:12

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: HU, Cornish 18-63, House 1-1, Rodriguez 3-0, Meyer 1-(minus-6), Sathre 13-(minus-7), Team 1-(minus-14). CC, Baune 8-44, SaariBovre 6-30, T. Johnson 7-22, Jedinak 2-16, Brandenburg 3-9, Schaefbauer 3-6, N. Johnson 2-5, Kolness 1-0, Paur 2-(minus-1), Dunham 2-(minus-3).

PASSING: HU, Sathre 14-24-3 170 yards, Meyer 0-2-0 0. CC, Dunham 21-32-1 253, Schaefbauer 1-3-0 4, K. Johnson 1-1-0 16.

RECEIVING: HU, House 6-72, Queck 4-44, Cook 2-26, Iten 1-15, Rodriguez 1-13. CC, Shepherd 9-95, K. Johnson 4-62, Starke 3-35, SaariBovre 2-23, Dunham 1-16, Bergeson 1-14, Whiting 1-12, Baune 1-12, Brandenburg 1-4.


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