Defense ignites as Oles top Cobbers 49-34 in finale
November 12, 2011
NORTHFIELD, Minn. - St. Olaf scored three defensive touchdowns, and Leon Clark rushed for 137 yards and a touchdown as the host Oles finished the 2011 campaign with a 49-34 win over Concordia College-Moorhead at Manitou Field.
The Oles' Andrew Lockrem returned an interception 40 yards for a score in the first quarter and the Oles had two fumble recoveries for touchdowns - Micah Johnson's 85-yarder in the third quarter and Zac Lundgren's from 45 yards late in the fourth.
Lockrem's interception and score gave St. Olaf a 14-0 lead. The teams traded scores the rest of the way as Concordia quarterback Michael Dunham sneaked for the Cobbers' first score and later connected with Chris Gilson for a 73-yard score.
Dunham finished 22-of-39 for 276 yards and two touchdowns, but he was intercepted four times in the loss. Brett Baune rushed for 80 yards on 12 carries and Luke Gotta for 53 yards on six carries for the Cobbers.
St. Olaf junior quarterback Dan Dobson was 17-for-27 for 187 yards and three touchdowns against one interception. Jake Schmiesing was on the other end of two of Dobson's scoring strikes and Tim Bauer the other.
The Cobbers had a pair of big plays that kept them in the game in the second half. Down 28-13 after Johnson's scoop-and-score, Concordia's Bryce Hentges returned the ensuing kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown. After Bauer's TD made it 35-20, Dunham found Gilson for the long touchdown.
Clark rushed 27 times for his 137 yards, which moved him into second in career rushing yards at St. Olaf and gave the senior his third straight 1,000-yard season. He finished his career with 3,240 yards and 24 rushing touchdowns, which is third all-time.
Dobson's finished the year with 18 touchdowns to give him 42 in two seasons, which ranks third all-time. He has 4,114 career passing yards after Saturday, moving him into fifth in school history.
St. Olaf is now 56-24 over the last eight season. The Oles' eight wins this season it the fourth during the stretch (2005, 2006, 2007).
Head coach Jerry Olszewski is now 25-15 through his fourth season at St. Olaf.