Griffin Neal, Concordia

Griffin Neal, Concordia

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 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.

2013 MIAC Football Athletes-of-the-Week

DATE       NAME       SCHOOL       AWARD      
11/18/2013       Anthony Kemper       Carleton       Offense      
        Landon Mathis       Bethel       Defense      
        Hakeem Bourne-McFarlane       Augsburg       Special Teams      
11/11/2013       Jeffrey Dubose       Gustavus       Offense      
        Mitch Heflin       Carleton       Defense      
        Thomas Schleusener       Gustavus       Special Teams      
11/04/2013       Joey Sonnenfeld       Augsburg       Offense      
        Michael Juberian       Augsburg       Defense      
        Thomas Schleusener       Gustavus       Special Teams      
10/28/2013       Griffin Neal       Concordia       Offense      
        Matt Mehlhorn       Bethel       Defense      
        Ben Wagner       Concordia       Special Teams      
10/21/2013       Erik Peterson       Bethel       Offense      
        Seth Mathis       Bethel       Defense      
        Jack Gilliland       St. Thomas       Special Teams      
10/14/2013       Tim Bona       Hamline       Offense      
        Anthony Hill       Hamline       Defense      
        Griffin Toomey       Saint John's       Special Teams      
10/7/2013       Jeffrey Dubose       Gustavus       Offense      
        Josh Treimer       Bethel
        Andrew O'Reilly       Bethel       Special Teams      
9/30/2013       Griffin Neal       Concordia       Offense      
        Zach Dilger       Gustavus       Defense      
        Andrew O'Reilly       Bethel       Special Teams      
9/23/2013       Austin Duncan       Hamline       Offense      
        Nolan Lortz       Saint John's       Defense      
        Bryce Hentges       Concordia       Special Teams      
9/16/2013       Josh Bungum       Saint John's       Offense      
        Josh Treimer       Bethel       Defense      
        Paul Graupner       St. Thomas       Special Teams      
9/9/2013       Griffin Neal Concordia       Offense      

      Josh Estes Carleton       Defense      
        Alexi Johnson       Saint John's         Special Teams