From “TV, Radio Sports Fare” in Saturday Nov. 21, 1964, Oregonian prior to NAIA semifinal national championship football playoff game that day between visiting Linfield and Concordia College of Moorhead, Minn.
Game was played on Dacotah Field in Fargo, N. D. It’s about a mile and a half between Fargo and Moorhead.
Concordia, with future Linfield football coach Ed Langsdorf as one of its players, won the game, 28-6.
Game is colloquially known by Linfield fans as the “Concordia Ice Bowl” as it was played in temperatures between 10-15 degrees before about 5,200 fans.
"That field was hard as concrete. Concordia wore tennis shoes and had decent traction. We had cleats and slid around like we were wearing ice skates. Never been so cold either,"said Brian Petersen (see photo), a freshman player for Linfield in the "Concordia Ice Bowl" for Linfield.
In that 1964 season, Petersen played on all Wildcat special teams. He rarely got on the field as a center and a middle guard on defense. Norm Musser and Bob Ferguson, both All-Americans and future Linfield Hall of Famers, were the respective starters. Bill Mickle was the Wildcat starting QB. Backup QB was Terry Durham, for whom Petersen snapped.
"I've always felt blessed to be a part of the Linfield tradition and for playing with a lot of very talented players. I know a lot of Linfield guys in that era could've played anywhere," said Petersen.
A member of Linfield Class of 1968, petersen served in Vietnam as a U.S. military Hospital Corpsman, three years for the Navy and his last year for the Marines.
He worked 30 years in the transportation industry, primarily with Viking Freight and FedEx Freight.
Now living in Eugene, Petersen studied at South Kitsap High School, Port Orchard, Wash., and graduated from Medford, Ore., High School where he played football for the Black Tornado, coached by legendary Fred Spiegelberg.
One of these days there will be a link below to a Linfield sideline photo from the 1964 “Concordia Ice Bowl:”