Stuck By The Second & Fourth Quarters

Junior quarterback Blake Kragnes dives into the end zone in the first quarter of the Cobbers' game with St. John's.
Junior quarterback Blake Kragnes dives into the end zone in the first quarter of the Cobbers' game with St. John's.

STORY LINE: Concordia put up more total offensive yards, first downs and held the ball longer than No.4-ranked St. John's but the Johnnies were able to score 21 unanswered points in the final 25 minutes of play and won 42-14. The Cobbers were even with St. John's in the first and third quarters of play but the second and fourth quarters saw Concordia fall behind by 28 points – the final margin of victory.

RECORDS: Concordia falls for the fourth straight game and is now 3-5 in all games this season. CC drops to 2-4 in league play. St. John's remains unbeaten on the year. They improve to 8-0 overall and are now 7-0 in the MIAC.

GROUND COBBER: Concordia found their running game again against the Johnnies. The Cobbers rushed the ball 47 times and gained 234 yards. The 234 rushing yards is the most since their win over Hamline at home on Sept. 22. CC had 241 rushing yards in their last three games combined.

ALL ABOARD THE DANE TRAIN: Senior Dane Ringquist recorded the biggest offensive play of the day for Concordia. Ringquist took a handoff up the middle and raced 51 yards through the Johnnie defense for a touchdown in the third quarter which brought the score to 21-14. Ringquist also broke off a 30-yard run in the second quarter to produce the second longest play from scrimmage in the game for the Cobbers.

Ringquist finished the game with 13 carries for 120 yards. That is his second highest rush total in a single game in 2018. Ringquist leads the Cobbers in rushing in 2018 with 541 yards.

KRAGNES KEEPERS: Junior quarterback Blake Kragnes scored the other Concordia touchdown when he dove his way into the end zone from four yards out at the end of the first quarter. His fourth rushing TD of the year tied the score at 7-7. Kragnes had a game-high 20 carries and gained 69 yards. It was his second highest rush total of the season.

STAT STUFF: Concordia held a 22-19 edge in first downs and outgained the Johnnies 391-382. The Cobbers had 157 passing yards while SJU finished with 252 yards through the air. CC held the ball for almost 35 minutes in the game. They finished with a 34:39-25:21 edge in time of possession.

THOMPSON TACKLE TOTALS: Andrew Thompson led Concordia in tackles for the third time in the past four games. He finished with 11 total tackles which marked the fourth straight game he has had a double-digit tackle total. Thompson now has 77 tackles on the year which is a career-high and is the second most in the MIAC this year.

UP NEXT: Concordia will look to get back on the winning track, and retain possession of the Troll Trophy, when they play at St. Olaf in the annual Lefse Bowl game on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. The Oles started the season at 5-0 but have lost their last three and are now 5-3 overall and 3-3 in the MIAC.