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October 10, 2013

GAME PREVIEW: Concordia Chicago @ Wisconsin Lutheran

Concordia Chicago (1-3, 1-0 NACC)
vs.
Wisconsin Lutheran (0-4, 0-1 NACC) 

Game No. 5 | Saturday, October 12, 2013 | 1 p.m.
Raabe Stadium (2,500) | Milwaukee, Wis.

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MILWAUKEE – Following three consecutive road games mixed in with a bye week, the Wisconsin Lutheran College football team returns home to Raabe Stadium to host Concordia Chicago in a Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference showdown Saturday at 1 p.m. The game marks the sixth all-time meeting between the two teams.

WARRIORS ON THE WEB: Nine of 10 Warriors football games will be webcast live on wlcsports.com with the pregame show beginning 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Scott Warras (play-by-play) and Sam Siemers (color analyst) will call the action from the booth all season long. All games, which are archived back to the 2002 season, are accessible to listeners at wlcsports.com.

CONFERENCE HOME OPENERS: Wisconsin Lutheran is 5-6 all-time in its first conference home game of the season. The Warriors have won four straight conference home openers. Last season, WLC opened its NACC home slate with a 27-17 victory over Lakeland September 29 at Raabe Stadium.

STOPPING THE SKID: WLC has lost five straight games dating back to last season, which is the longest losing streak since dropping five in a row from 2007-2008. The four straight losses in a single season is the longest since beginning the 2007 campaign 0-6.

SERIES HISTORY: Saturday's game marks the sixth all-time meeting between Wisconsin Lutheran and Concordia Chicago, with the Cougars holding a 3-2 series lead. After WLC won the first two meetings, CUC has won three in a row. The Warriors and Cougars have split the two meetings at Raabe Stadium. Last season, CUC rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat the Warriors, 21-9.  

10/06/12 - @ CUC 21, WLC 9
10/08/11 - CUC 29, @ WLC 17
10/09/10 - @ CUC 32, WLC 21
10/03/09 - @ WLC 27, CUC 16
10/04/08 - WLC 30, @ CUC 13

LAST MEETING: WLC held a 9-7 lead entering the fourth quarter, but CUC used a fourth-quarter comeback to win 21-9. The Cougars moved 96 yards on eight plays early in the fourth quarter to take the lead on Andrew Maddox's 21-yard touchdown run. The Warriors looked to take the lead back as they reached the Cougars' 20-yard line, but Matt Rolf had an 80-yard interception return for a touchdown to seal the victory for CUC.

The Warriors took the lead early in the second quarter on a 34-yard touchdown pass from Zach Shaw to Josh Stodola. Concordia Chicago tied the game late in the first half on a touchdown pass from Jake Koehler to Jamal Thomas. WLC took the lead in the third quarter on a botched punt snap that CUC kicked out of the end zone.

Wisconsin Lutheran out-gained Concordia Chicago 408-322 as the Warriors rushed for 256 yards on the day. WLC had three rushers gain at least 75 yards as Donavin Tucker led the squad with 97 yards on 20 carries. Mike Reeves and Taylor Pelot added 89 and 75 yards, respectively. Stodola caught five passes for 89 yards, while Shaw finished the game throwing for 152 yards. Sherman Jones led CUC offensively with 104 yards on 11 carries, while Maddox added 69 yards on nine carries. Koehler finished the game throwing for 128 yards, while rushing for 50. Thomas finished with five grabs for 74 yards.

Eric Zeitler led Wisconsin Lutheran defensively with 11 tackles, including one and a half for a loss. Andrew Gleason had 15 tackles to pace the Cougars.

ROAMING THE SIDELINES: Wisconsin Lutheran is guided by first-year head coach Ben Murphy, the second coach in WLC football history. Murphy takes over for Dr. Dennis Miller, who coached the program for its first 13 years before his retirement following the 2012 season. Miller compiled a 47-82 record in 13 seasons at WLC. Murphy spent the previous five seasons as the Warriors defensive coordinator. The Warriors defense ranked in the top three in the NACC in all five of Murphy's seasons as coordinator, including ranking first in the conference in 2012 and 2009. The WLC defense led NCAA Division III in pass defense a season ago and ranked in the top 10 in total defense, pass efficiency defense, and scoring defense. Murphy was a four-year starter (2001-2004) on the defensive line for WLC and was a two-time All-MIAA selection. Prior to coaching the Warriors, Murphy was the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Division II Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D.

ACROSS THE FIELD: The Cougars are led by first-year head coach Randy Awrey, the 17th head coach in program history. He spent 2012 as the defensive coordinator at Marietta and held the same position at Northern Michigan from 2008-2011. He spent 18 seasons prior to that as head coach at three different schools: Saginaw Valley State, Lakeland, and Kentucky Wesleyan. Awrey has a 125-71-1 overall record as a collegiate head coach. He was a running back at Northern Michigan where he was the MVP of the 1975 NCAA Division II Championship game. Awrey has been inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame at both Northern Michigan and St. Lawrence.

2012 WARRIORS FLASHBACK: The Warriors had their best season in school history, going 7-3 a season ago. Each Warriors win was by 10 points or more as they had two shutout wins. WLC had a balanced attack that averaged 26.6 points per game and 357 yards of total offense per game (176 rushing, 181 passing). The defense surrendered just 13 points per game and 232 yards per contest (109 rushing, 123 passing). Wisconsin Lutheran has finished 5-2 in conference play each of the last two seasons, finishing third in the NACC both times.

Sept. 1

at Ripon

W, 31-0

Sept. 8

Olivet

W, 38-14

Sept. 15

Adrian

L, 31-23

Sept. 29

Lakeland*

W, 27-17

Oct. 6

at Concordia Chicago*

L, 21-9

Oct. 13

at Aurora*

W, 28-14

Oct. 20

Benedictine*

W, 14-2

Oct. 27

at Maranatha*

W, 48-0

Nov. 3

Rockford*

W, 34-14

Nov. 10

at Concordia Wisconsin*

L, 17-14

2012 COUGARS FLASHBACK: Concordia Chicago was 10-1 last season and won the NACC with a perfect 7-0 record. They also shared the conference championship in 2011. The Cougars led the conference in scoring offense, total offense, passing offense, and rushing offense. They averaged 38.8 points per game and 486 yards per game (263 passing, 223 rushing)/

Sept. 1

Lake Forest

W, 35-27

Sept. 8

at Chicago

W, 27-26

Sept. 15

Hope

W, 63-47

Sept. 29

at Rockford*

W, 48-10

Oct. 6

Wisconsin Lutheran*

W, 21-9

Oct. 13

at Concordia Wisconsin*

W, 47-44 (OT)

Oct. 20

Aurora*

W, 38-34

Oct. 27

at Benedictine*

W, 26-13

Nov. 3

Lakeland*

W, 37-3

Nov. 10

at Maranatha*

W, 62-26

Nov. 17

Bethel (NCAA 1st Round)

L, 24-23

WISCONSIN LUTHERAN UPDATE: WLC suffered a heartbreaking overtime loss in a 40-34 defeat at Lakeland Saturday. It was the first overtime game in school history for the Warriors. The Warriors led 27-26 entering the fourth quarter, but Lakeland scored a touchdown early in the quarter to take a seven-point lead. Drew Dyrssen's 45-yard touchdown pass to Eli Campbell with less than four minutes to play forced overtime. The Muskies scored a touchdown on their first possession but missed the extra point. However, WLC was unable to score on its possession, with the game ending on four straight incomplete passes from the 14-yard line.

Dyrssen posted the second-most passing yards in a game by a quarterback in school history with 419 yards and three touchdowns. Mitch Skarban made six catches for 110 yards. Tucker ran for 32 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. Zeitler led the Warriors defense with 13 tackles and one tackle for a loss.

Dyrssen has completed 48 percent of his passes this season and has averaged 252 passing yards per game with four touchdowns and one interception. Reeves is the Warriors leading rusher with 192 yards (4.2 yards per carry) and two touchdowns, while Tucker has piled up 138 yards (3.7) and two scores. Skarban has been the top receiver with 16 grabs for 216 yards. Sam Dunham and Zeitler have anchored WLC's defense with 31 tackles apiece.

WLC has averaged 18.8 points per game on 353 yards per game offensively (269 passing, 84 rushing). Defensively, WLC has allowed 30.5 points per game on 448 yards per game (237.5 passing, 210.5 rushing).

Sept. 7

Ripon

L, 31-24

Sept. 14

at Olivet

L, 14-10

Sept. 21

at Hope

L, 37-7

Oct. 5

at Lakeland*

L, 40-34 (OT)

Oct. 12

Concordia Chicago*

1 p.m.

Oct. 19

Aurora*

1 p.m.

Oct. 26

at Benedictine*

1 p.m.

Nov. 2

Maranatha

1 p.m.

Nov. 9

at Rockford*

12 p.m.

Nov. 16

Concordia Wisconsin*

1 p.m.

SCOUTING CONCORDIA CHICAGO: The Cougars gave Randy Awrey his first win as head coach of the program in a 38-28 win over Rockford last Saturday in CUC's homecoming game. The teams combined for over 1,000 yards of offense, with CUC piling up 550 yards (345 passing, 205 rushing). Quarterback Ryan Fischbach was 21-for-37 with 270 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. David Campbell made nine grabs for 68 yards and two touchdowns. C.J. Woodford ran 25 times for 116 yards and a score. Marcus Frazier led the Cougars defense with eight tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss, and a sack.

The Cougars are averaging 13.5 points per game on 293 yards per game (202 passing, 91 rushing). The defense is allowing 36 points per game on 410.5 yards per game (245 passing, 165.5 rushing). The offense ranks last in the NACC in points and yards.

Sept. 7

at Lake Forest

L, 45-3

Sept. 14

Chicago

L, 23-13

Sept. 21

at Adrian

L, 48-0

Oct. 5

Rockford*

W, 38-28

Oct. 12

at Wisconsin Lutheran*

1 p.m.

Oct. 19

Concordia Wisconsin*

1 p.m.

Oct. 26

at Aurora*

1 p.m.

Nov. 2

Benedictine*

12 p.m.

Nov. 9

at Lakeland*

12 p.m.

Nov. 16

Maranatha

12 p.m.

IN THE POLLS: Wisconsin Lutheran garnered three first-place votes in the 2013 NACC Preseason Poll and was picked to finish second by the league's head coaches and sports information directors with 85 poll points. Concordia Chicago was picked to finish fifth with 49 points. Concordia Wisconsin gained 90 points and 10 first-place votes as the Falcons were predicted to win the league.

2013 NACC PRESEASON POLL:
1. Concordia Wisconsin (10), 90
2. Wisconsin Lutheran (3), 85
3. Aurora (1), 66
4. Benedictine, 53
5. Concordia Chicago, 49
6. Lakeland, 31
7. Rockford, 18

NEXT WEEK: Wisconsin Lutheran will host homecoming next Saturday at 1 p.m. against Aurora (1-3, 0-0 NACC). Concordia Chicago hosts Concordia Wisconsin (2-2, 1-0 NACC) at 1 p.m. Aurora plays at rival Benedictine (2-2, 0-1 NACC) this week. 

LAST WEEK'S NACC RESULTS:
Concordia Chicago 38, Rockford 28
Concordia Wisconsin 28, Benedictine 27
Lakeland 40, Wisconsin Lutheran 34 (OT)
Aurora 84, Maranatha 41

THIS WEEK'S NACC GAMES:
Concordia Chicago @ Wisconsin Lutheran, 1 p.m.

Aurora @ Benedictine, 1 p.m.
Concordia Wisconsin @ Maranatha, 1 p.m.
Lakeland @ Rockford, 2 p.m.

NEXT WEEK'S NACC GAMES:
Concordia Wisconsin @ Concordia Chicago, 1 p.m.
Aurora @ Wisconsin Lutheran, 1 p.m.
Maranatha @ Lakeland, 1 p.m.
Benedictine @ Rockford, 2 p.m.

2013 STANDINGS

NACC

OVERALL

Concordia Wisconsin

1-0

2-2

Lakeland

1-0

2-2

Concordia Chicago

1-0

1-3

Aurora

0-0

1-3

Benedictine

0-1

2-2

Wisconsin Lutheran

0-1

0-4

Rockford

0-1

0-4

 

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