Oles fall to nationally-ranked Cobbers

The St. Olaf football team was looking to register its first victory in over 12 months when it faced off against No. 25 Concordia College on Sept. 27 in Moorhead, Minn. Unfortunately for the Oles, the nationally-ranked Cobbers proved too strong in a 14-52 loss.

In front of a crowd of nearly 5,000 spectators, Concordia started the game strong, racing out to a 14-0 lead after the first quarter. The second quarter followed much the same pattern as the first, with the St. Olaf defense unable to find answers as Concordia led 28-0 just before half-time. The Oles finally got on the scoreboard when Alex Nelson ’15 caught a 16-yard pass from Nate Penz ’16.

Nelson caught another touchdown pass for the Oles with 7:28 left in the third quarter, in an 11-yard completion from Penz. It proved the be the last points St. Olaf could manage in the contest, eventually succumbing to a 38-point defeat.

Penz finished the day with 21-of-39 for 178 yards and two touchdowns. The defense was led by Tyler Vajdic ’16, who had 11 tackles.

St. Olaf will return to action for a homecoming game against the University of St. Thomas on Oct. 4 at 1:10 p.m. The Oles fell 23-45 the last time they took the field with the Tommies and will be looking to reverse the score in order to record their first win of the 2014-15 season.