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ISSUE 117 VOL 7 PUBLISHED 11/7/2003

Football takes beating

By Julie Gunderson
Sports Editor

Friday, November 7, 2003

The Ole football team fell to Concordia last Saturday, 14-47. The game was played in a breezy temperatures and under cloudy skies, which served as ominous predictors for the gloomy day in store for the Oles.

The game saw Concordia senior quarterback Ryan Hebrink turn in a record-setting performance. Hebrink broke his school’s record for offensive yards in a career throwing for 304 yards and rushing for 69 more.

It brings Hebrink's career total to 5,789 yards and gives him a chance to break the MIAC all-time offensive yardage record of 6,602 yards held by Kurt Ramler of St. John’s.

The Ole defense watched as Concordia’s offense rack up 531 yards of total offense. That’s a season-high for Concordia and ranks in the top five in the school’s history for offensive yards in a game.

Hebrink’s impressive performance through the air was not the Oles’ only obstacle – the Concordia ground game was also unstoppable. Concordia, leads the MIAC in total rushing yards with an average of 301.5 yards per game. Concordia was right at its season average against the Oles, amassing 300 yards on the ground.

Concordia opened the scoring with a 85-yard kickoff return on the game’s opening possession. Concordia would later add a field goal midway through the first quarter.

The Oles didn’t get on to the scoreboard until six minutes into the third quarter, when Aaron Stinar ’04 ran for a 10-yard touchdown. Stinar, who leads the Oles with 11 touchdowns this season, finished the game with 46 yards on 10 carries.

Bobby Andrade ’07 added 63 yards on 17 carries. Andrade is the Oles’ leading rusher, with 754 yards this season, and he has accumulated 1209 all-purpose yards in his rookie season.

St. Olaf’s only other score of the game came at 10:55 in the 4th quarter on a Jason Wilsey ’06, 37-yard touchdown pass to Nick Rost ’07.

The loss drops the Oles to 2-5 in the MIAC and 3-6 overall. St. Olaf will finish its season this Saturday at Gustavus.

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