Fargo, N.D. / South
Concordia came up big in one of its toughest tests of the 2013 Saturday, handing a talented Augsburg team a 47-20 loss as the Cobbers remain tied for second place in the MIAC. Leading the offensive outburst was efficient quarterback Griffin Neal (Fargo, N.D./South), who completed 90 percent of his passes and tossed four scoring strikes to help Concordia run away from the Auggies. For his performance, Neal was named the MIAC Football Offensive Player-of-the-Week for the third time this fall.
Neal was near-perfect in the passing game, throwing 19-for-21 for 281 yards and four touchdowns with only two incompletions and one interception. The junior's completion percentage on the day was 90.5 percent, and he added 43 yards on the ground on 19 carries. Neal engineered four-straight scoring drives that produced 27-straight points for the Cobbers, and the 47 points and 430 total yards were the most given up by the Augsburg defense this season. This fall, Neal ranks first in the MIAC in completion percentage (71.7 percent), third in touchdown passes (13) and fourth in passing yards (1,437).
Thanks to the win, the Cobbers improved to 6-1 overall and 4-1 in MIAC play to pull even with idle Saint John's - who Concordia has already defeated - for second place in the conference standings. The Cobbers are now ranked No. 19 in the nation by the AFCA and No. 21 by D3football.com. Concordia will try to continue its successful season Saturday with a trip to Northfield. The Cobbers take on Carleton in a MIAC game at 1 p.m.