Concordia’s offense learned how to rise to the occasion Saturday afternoon.
The Cobbers answered an impressive drive by 20th-ranked Bethel in the fourth quarter with one of their own in a 23-21 victory in an MIAC matchup in Moorhead. The victory broke an eight-game losing streak against the Royals (3-2).
The Cobbers (4-1) held a 16-14 lead midway through the fourth quarter when the offensive unit put together a nine-play, 86-yard drive to regain control. Conor Gessell capped the drive with a 38-yard scoring run with 3 minutes, 58 seconds remaining. Concordia had 270 rushing yards in the game.
Bethel scored on an 87-yard drive on the previous possession. It added a late touchdown with 51 seconds remaining. Trey Anderson ran for two scores and threw for the other for the Royals.
St. Thomas 54, St. Olaf 0: The No. 9-ranked and unbeaten Tommies (4-0) scored half of their points in the first quarter in blanking the Oles (1-4). John Gould completed eight of 10 passes for 171 yards and four TDs while Jordan Roberts carried 12 times for 126 yards and two scores. St. Thomas’ defense allowed only two first downs and 47 total yards while the offense was compiling 650 yards.
St. John’s 41, Hamline 21: Sam Sura has grown accustomed to having his way in conference play. The running back from South St. Paul rushed for 175 yards and four TDs in the Johnnies’ victory over the Pipers (2-2). He scored on runs of 3, 3, 15 and 25 yards. Hamline, which hasn’t beaten No. 16-rated St. John’s (4-1) since 1994, led 14-13 in the second quarter.
Gustavus 63, Carleton 14: The unbeaten Gusties (5-0) scored at least two touchdowns in each of the first three quarters in routing the Knights (1-4). Mitch Hendricks completed 20 of 29 passes for 270 yards and four TDs, two each to twin brothers Matt and Gabe Boyce. Each had eight catches, Matt totaling 161 yards and Gabe 64 yards. Matt has 11 TDs this season, and 30 in his career, the most in school history.