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ISSUE 116 VOL 8 PUBLISHED 11/8/2002

Cobbers tear Olaf’s defense, slim playoff chances

By Mike Cassano
Staff Writer


Friday, November 8, 2002

The Oles fought hard this past weekend against Concordia, but came up just short at the end of low scoring game. The Cobbers improved their record to 6-1 while the Oles fell to 3-4 in conference play. Any hopes of a play off berth for St. Olaf are now eliminated while Concordia controls their own destiny as they play St. Thomas this Thursday at the Metrodome. The game was scoreless after the first quarter despite the Oles getting in the red-zone twice, only to throw an incomplete pass and miss a field goal. Quarterback Brian Senske ‘04 lead the way for the Oles with a precision arm and quality receivers. Senske threw for 275 yards and one touchdown in the losing effort. The Oles steered clear of the run, amassing only 66 rushing yards on the day. "I thought we moved the ball well," said Charlie Krois ‘05. "Senske was making some great throws and we seemed to moving well.” The opposite could be said for the Cobbers, who predominately ran the ball. Their backs accrued just shy of 400 yards on the ground for the day. The Oles got on the board with 5:29 left in the third quarter, when Jason Moore ‘06 pushed his way into the end-zone, tying the game at 7-7. This was the only time the Oles scored in the red-zone, going 1-3 for the day from inside the 20 yard line. Late in the fourth quarter, with the Oles trailing by seven, it looked as though the St. Olaf defense might stick the Cobbers on fourth down, forcing them to punt. But the offense ran a sweep to the right and picked up enough yards for the first down. Just three minuets, later the Cobbers found themselves looking at another fourth down situation, this time only needing one yard. Cobber Jeremy Hinderks lowered his head and smashed into the mass of bodies crowding the line.

When the dust settled, the referee spotted the ball just past the first down marker. Boos of protests erupted from the stands. Four plays later, Concordia kicked a field goal to put the game out of reach for the Oles. Frank Bass ‘05 had another great day as he teamed up with Senske for spectacular catches. Bass caught 12 passes for 150 yards, just two shy of the completion record he already holds. As usual Chad Thomas led the way on defense, recording ten tackles. "I think the defense did a good job getting penetration," said Dave Chapman ‘05. "Hopefully we can play even better tonight." The Oles finish their season this tonight against Gustavus Adolphus College. "If everyone does their job and executes each play we should win," said Krois. The game is being played tonight in the Metrodome at 8:00 p.m. Gustavus is in fifth place in the conference, just one win above the Oles. The men will have to be on the top of their game offensively and defensively if they hope to post a win against the determined Gusties.





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