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Late Concordia-St. Paul Rally Spells Defeat for Wildcats

Posted: 27 October, 2013

WAYNE - Concordia-St. Paul scored two touchdowns in a span of 1:25 to rally in the final three minutes for a 28-24 Northern Sun Conference football win over Wayne State College Saturday afternoon in Wayne. 

The Wildcats, winless at home this season, drop to 2-6 overall and 1-3 in the NSIC South while the Golden Bears improve to 4-4 on the season and 1-3 in the NSIC South.

Concordia-St. Paul took the opening kickoff and drove 62 yards on six plays, capped by a Tre Spears two-yard run, to put the visitors up early. Wayne State tied the score later in the quarter on a three-yard scoring pass from Zach Osborn to tight end Joe Trouba, making the score 7-7 with 2:58 to go in the quarter.

But the Golden Bears responded on the ensuing kickoff as Corey Cole raced 100 yards for a kickoff return touchdown, giving CU a 13-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Defenses took over in the second quarter, but Wayne State had one scoring opportunity midway through the second quarter. WSC moved the ball from their own 19 to the Concordia-St. Paul 17 with the big play of the drive coming on a 45 yard pass from Osborn to freshman Nate Rogers. But on 1st and 10 from the CU 17, Zach Osborn's pass to Adam Stark in the end zone was intercepted by Concordia-St. Paul's Jimmy Mireri for a touchback to stop the Wildcat scoring threat.

Wayne State opened the second half with the ball and on fourth and 1 from Wayne State's own 41 the Wildcats went for it and senior running back Charlie Davidson took an option pitch from quarterback Zach Osborn and raced 59 yards to the end zone for a touchdown, putting the Wildcats back in front 14-13 with 13:23 to go in the third quarter.

Later in the quarter, the Wildcats got the ball following an interception by junior linebacker Nick Monzu that gave WSC the ball at the CU 39. Wayne State moved to the CU 19 before settling for a 36 yard field goal into the wind by redshirt freshman Tyler Basch that was good, giving the Wildcats a 17-13 cushion.

Wayne State put together another scoring drive early in the fourth quarter as Cole McDaniel was on the receiving end of a 28-yard scoring pass from Osborn, giving the 'Cats a 24-13 lead with 10:16 to play.

Concordia-St. Paul took the next drive and drove to the WSC 24 and following a missed 42-yard field goal by CU's Tom Obarski with 5:10 to play it appeared that WSC was in control of the game.

But the next drive saw CU force a fumble on Wildcat running back Charlie Davidson, recovering at the WSC 21. Four plays later, Concordia-St. Paul scored on a 10-yard pass from Jared Russo to Jermaine Clemon with 2:37 to play and cut the lead to 24-21 following a two-point pass from Russo to Clemon.

The Golden Bears then stopped WSC on the next drive on a three and out and CU took over from their own 33.  Concordia-St. Paul needed just four plays and drove 67 yards, scoring on a 21-yard pass from Russo to Cordell Smith giving Concordia-St. Paul a surprising 28-24 lead.

WSC had one last chance and drove to the CU 31 until Osborn was hit from behind by Concordia's Josh Trifunov and recovered by Chris Campbell to stop the Wildcat threat and seal the win for the Golden Bears.

Wayne State out-gained Concordia-St. Paul 379 -347 in the game. The 'Cats had 128 yards rushing and 251 passing. Senior running back Charlie Davidson had 122 yards rushing on 27 carries and one score, moving past the 1,000 yard mark for the season with 1,029, following his sixth 100-yard game of the season. Redshirt freshman quarterback Zach Osborn completed 18 of 36 passes for 251 yards and two TD's with one interception. Junior wide receiver Adam Stark had a team-high five catches for 63 yards followed by senior tight end Grant Otten with three receptions for 41 yards.

Defensively, junior linebacker Nick Monzu had a team-high seven tackles with one sack, 2.5 tackles for loss and one interception. Jeff Van Den Top added six stops for the Wildcats.

The Wildcats are on the road next Saturday afternoon traveling to Mankato, Minnesota for a 1 p.m. Northern Sun Conference game against #1 Minnesota State.



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