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College Football: Concordia-Chicago at Aurora University

Updated: November 26, 2013 6:20AM

Concordia-Chicago (1-5, 1-2) at Aurora University (1-5, 0-2)

1 p.m. Saturday at Vago Field

Coaches: Randy Avery, Concordia-Chicago (1st year); Mark Walsh, Aurora University (2nd year).

Last year: Concordia-Chicago 48, AU 34.

Last week: Concordia-Chicago lost to Concordia-Wisconsin, 48-42; Wisconsin Lutheran defeated AU, 21-13.

Cougars preview: Behind freshman quarterback Ryan Fishbach (St. Charles North), Concordia piled up 596 yards on offense against Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference preseason favorite Concordia-Wisconsin. “It seems like every time we look up another team is figuring it out,” AU head coach Mark Walsh said. Fishbach has thrown for 1,044 yards and 10 touchdowns but has also been intercepted seven times. Junior Michael Brown has caught 24 passes and freshman Nelyja Floyd 22 but freshman Elijah Walker is the one to watch. Walker has grabbed only 13 balls but has 223 yards and five touchdowns. Cougars, like just about every other college football team, hasn’t played defense well. They’ve allowed an average of 436 yards per game.

AU preview: Spartans have improved defensively but are sputtering on offense. “When I look at the last two games we were six of 28 on third-down conversions. We have to be more consistent in moving the chains,” Walsh said. Senior quarterback Jace Koerner is coming off a six sack, four interception performance against Wisconsin Lutheran and Walsh knows that protecting the quarterback is a major concern this week. AU also failed to convert touchdown opportunities twice inside Wisconsin Lutheran’s 5 yard line last Saturday. “We have to take advantage of field position. We have to continue to put points on the board. We need to get our offense straightened out,” Walsh said. The Spartans are hoping a return to Vago Field after two straight road trips will help do exactly that.

What Walsh said: “They’re (the Cougars) starting to get the train rolling a little bit, which scares me a little bit,” Walsh said.

Next week: Concordia plays host to Benedictine while AU is back on the road with a trip to Lakeland College.

Bill Kindt

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