College football: Gustavus rides 1st-half shutout to win over Cobbers
Noah Jenson led the Cobbers defense with 14 total tackles with 1.5 tackles for a loss.
MOORHEAD — Gustavus shut out Concordia in the first half en route to a 23-6 victory against the Cobbers on Saturday in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football at Jake Christiansen Stadium before 3,628 fans. It was the conference opener for both teams.
Cobbers quarterback Cooper Mattern completed 7 of 11 passes for 55 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. Ben Blancas was 4-of-8 passing for 38 yards. Mattern led the Concordia rushing attack, tallying 63 yards on the ground on 14 attempts. Blancas ran for 21 yards on eight carries. Owen Miller had a team-high four catches for 26 yards, while Zavier Carroll made two catches for 23 yards.
Noah Jenson led the Cobbers defense with 14 total tackles with 1.5 tackles for a loss. Griffin Decker had 12 total tackles and Ty Moser finished with 10. Collin Thompson had six total tackles and two quarterback sacks.
The Cobbers had a 122-72 advantage in rushing yards, but Gustavus held a 195-93 edge in passing yards.
It was a low-scoring first half with the only scoring play an 11-yard touchdown pass from Gustavus' George Sandven to Rohee Konde. A successful two-point conversion gave Gustavus an 8-0 lead heading into the break.
Concordia cut into the eight-point deficit when Mattern connected with Jake Evans for a 10-yard touchdown pass with 8 minutes, 27 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Concordia's two-point try was unsuccessful, leaving Gustavus (2-1, 1-0) with an 8-6 lead.
Sandven threw for another touchdown with just under four minutes to play in the third quarter to extend the Gustavus lead. A 30-yard interception return for a touchdown by Graham Nistler early in the fourth quarter set up the 23-6 final.
The Cobbers (2-1, 0-1 MIAC) are scheduled to play at MIAC foe St. John's at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.