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Small college football roundup -- Concordia topples St. John’s

Associated Press

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. — The Concordia defense held on at St. John’s and led the Cobbers to the top of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings on the opening weekend of conference play.

Jesse Nelson’s 26-yard touchdown run in the first quarter stood up for the Cobbers, who beat the perennial MIAC power Johnnies 9-6 on their home field on Saturday.

Jon Hansen recorded a safety in the second quarter for Concordia (2-1, 1-0), which gave up a touchdown to St. John’s before halftime on a 20-yard pass from Joe Boyle to Jakob Reding.

St. John’s (2-1, 0-1) fumbled seven times and lost two of them.

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The Johnnies drove to the Concordia 46 late in the fourth quarter, but Jordan Hansel’s pass to Josh Overman fell incomplete on fourth-and-4 to give the Cobbers possession with 1:19 remaining.

St. John’s coach John Gagliardi broke Eddie Robinson’s record for most games coached in college football history with 589.

Winona 37, Concordia 10

WINONA — Winona State‘s defense garnered six turnovers in handling Concordia (St. Paul).

The Warriors picked off three CSP passes, recovered three fumbles and turned three of those six turnovers into touchdowns and 21 points. Freshman kicker Cullen Fahey scored 13 points (four extra points and three field goals) and also made the longest field goal in WSU history when he booted a 47-yarder in the fourth quarter.

Senior running back Andrew Verbancouer scored his sixth and seventh touchdowns in the Warriors’ first four games of the season.

Winona outgained Concordia 407-291. Randy Spring finished with 103 yards on 16 carries, while Verbancouer totaled 96 yards on 10 attempts.

St. Olaf 29, St. Thomas, Minn. 23, 6OTs

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NORTHFIELD — Coty Watkins rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns, including the winning tally late Saturday afternoon for St. Olaf, which defeated St. Thomas, 29-23, in six overtimes.

Both teams remained scoreless through the first two OT’s, trading missed field goal attempts.

Nick Ondler’s field goal put St. Olaf up 17-14 in the third OT, and was matched by Eric Taylor’s 27 yard field goal for UST to force a fourth OT.

The Tommies missed another field goal but blocked Ondler’s attempt in the fourth OT to stay alive for a fifth.

The Oles pushed for a touchdown on a 25-yd. completion to Evan Endsley in the fifth OT, only to be matched by a St. Thomas touchdown to tie it up at 23-23.

In the sixth OT, Taylor’s 43-yard field goal attempt for the Tommies went wide, opening the door for the Oles and Watkins’ 16-yard rush for a touchdown closed out the game.

Carleton 17, Bethel 14

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. — Carleton took a 10-0 lead at halftime and held on to beat Bethel, 17-14, Saturday afternoon.

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Logan Flannery rushed 21 times for 121 yards for the Royals. It was his third straight outing of 120 yards or more.

Bethel dropped to 1-2 on the season and 0-1 in MIAC play, while Carleton improves to 2-0 and 1-0 in the conference.

Gustavus 21, Hamline 14

ST. PETER, Minn. — Despite four interceptions, Gustavus quarterback Jordan Becker completed 21 of 35 passes for 228 yards with a touchdown as the Gusties (2-1, 1-0 MIAC) beat Hamline, 21-14.

Hamline (1-1, 0-1) struggled to get its ground game going, picking up just 92 total yards rushing. James Leary scored both Hamline touchdowns, on a pair of one-yard runs in the third quarter.

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