Dragons beat Bears for first time

Eric Schaumburg felt himself slip as the pass came his way. He knew he had to recover and make a play to help preserve a Minnesota State Moorhead football victory Saturday.

Bouncing away

Eric Schaumburg felt himself slip as the pass came his way. He knew he had to recover and make a play to help preserve a Minnesota State Moorhead football victory Saturday.

The pass on a two-point conversion - that could tie the game with three minutes remaining - was caught by Concordia-St. Paul's Jason Simmons.

But Simmons' momentum took him out of the end zone. Schaumburg quickly wrestled him out of bounds at the1-yard line.

"He must have been about a foot away from being in the end zone," said Schaumburg, a sophomore from Mahnomen, Minn. "It was very close."

And so was the final score, a 20-18 win before 702 fans at Alex Nemzek Stadium.


It marked the first time a Dragon team has beaten Concordia-St. Paul in six tries. It marked MSUM's first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference win of the season and only its fourth in the past four seasons.

"It's a huge win for this program, this university and this community," said first-year head coach Damon Tomeo, who recorded his first win against an NCAA Division II opponent.

In order to snap their four-game losing streak, the Dragons needed not one, but two defensive stops on two-point conversions.

Senior safety Mitch Jeppesen knocked down an extra-point pass early in the third quarter to preserve a 14-12 lead.

"We know we can play with anyone in the conference," said Jeppesen, a captain from Underwood, Minn.

The confidence wasn't quite as high at halftime, after C-SP scored with 1 second remaining to tie the score 6-6. MSUM scored on its game-opening drive but had three drives end in C-SP territory and two more near midfield.

"We were a little flat at halftime," Tomeo said. "I didn't know how confident our guys were at that point."

But the Dragons got an instant boost of confidence when Schaumburg recovered a pooch kickoff that ricocheted off the legs of C-SP's Jimmy Ries. MSUM marched 39 yards in seven plays to build a 14-6 lead.


C-SP answered with a 74-yard, 11-play scoring drive to cut it to 14-12. But two plays later, running back Enol Gilles ran through a huge hole untouched for a 65-yard scoring run to give the Dragons a 20-12 lead.

C-SP fell to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the conference. The Dragons, now 3-4 overall and 1-4 in the league, have a chance to post their first winning season since 1999.

"A winning record has been our goal since the first day of camp," Tomeo said. "Now we have put ourselves in position to accomplish that."

Concordia-St. Paul 0 6 6 6-18

MSUM 6 0 14 0-20

MSUM-Holloway 10 pass from Long (kick failed)

CSP-Williams 7 pass from Goodchild (kick failed)

MSUM-Green 13 pass from Long (Mathis pass from Long)


CSP-Williams 25 pass from Goodchild (pass failed)

MSUM-Gilles 65 run (kick failed)

CSP-Tonkin 7pass from Goodchild (pass failed)



First downs 19 19

Rushes-yards 21-59 28-149

Passing 317 223

Comp-Att-Int 26-44-1 25-40-2

Punts-Avg. 6-40.8 6-34.8

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0

Penalties-Yards 9-63 4-26

Time of Possession 26:29 33:31


RUSHING: CSP-Goodchild 10-38, Cawthorn 8-27, Clinton 2-10, Williams 1-(-16). MSUM-Gilles 11-90, Long 10-30, Mathis 3-15, Bothun 4-14.

PASSING: CSP-Goodchild 26-44-1 317 yards. MSUM-Long 25-40-2 223 yards.

RECEIVING: CSP-Williams 8-93, Ruffin 7-84, Simmons 4-93, Elekwachi 4-31, Tonkin 1-7, Robinson 1-5, Cawthorn 1-4. MSUM-Taylor 9-67, Green 5-70, Holloway 4-45, Smith 2-32, Fangman 2-10, Mathis 1-0, Gilles 1-0, Bothun 1-(-1).

Readers can reach Forum reporter Kevin Schnepf at (701) 241-5549

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