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Linfielder Brian Petersen remembers playing in 1964 'Concordia Ice Bowl' in Fargo, N.D.

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 (spelling is correct) Field on the campus of North Dakota State University in Fargo, N. D.

(Moorhead, Minn., and Fargo, N.D., are two miles apart. For all intent and purposes, they are one city.)

Concordia won the game, 28-6.  

Future Linfield football coach Ed Langsdorf was a Concordia player, but not suit up for the game. He was a reserve player (sophomore) and watched it from the Concordia sideline in street clothes


See Ed Langsdorf as member of 1964 Concordia Cobbers football team …

….front row, third from left, #82. His roster info (below) shows him wearing a different number:

#84 Ed Langsdorf, Sophomore, End, 6-foot-3, 180-pounds, Age 19, Hometown Williston, North Dakota.

His San Diego Chargers bio, when he scouted for the NFL team, says, “Langsdorf was born in Vallejo, California. He attended Glasgow (Mont.) High School and played football and basketball, and ran track. He became a defensive end and tight end at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and graduated with a degree in history in 1967. He earned a master’s in physical education from Washington State in '69 and a doctorate of education in physical education from Arizona State in '79.”

Concordia Ice Bowl from Concordia perspective:


Game is colloquially known by Linfield fans as the Concordia Ice Bowl as it was played in temperatures between 10-15 (one story says game temp was 18) 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 photos), 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.


Photo from Linfield sideline in 1964 “Concordia Ice Bowl:"


Milwaukee, Wisc., Journal, Nov. 22, 1964

At least two future NWC coaches were on the Concordia 1964 football roster: Ed Langsdorf, eventually to become an assistant and head football coach at Linfield, and Paul Hoseth, who went on to become a PLU coach and athletic director.

On Saturday, Dec. 2, 1978, also in the NAIA football playoffs, Concordia beat Linfield, 24-23, in McMinnville

Link to complete 1978 game story from Concordia’s perspective ...

...Below is part of the complete from Concordina’s perspective story:

Meanwhile, in other quarterfinal games, Concordia's next opponent was being chosen. Not surprisingly, it was the NAIA's number-one-rated team from Linfield College, McMinnville, Ore.

While a few Cobber fans managed to get to Oregon, most contented themselves with the play-by-play on radio station WDAY, Fargo. It was a thriller all the way.

On the first play from scrimmage, the Cobber backfield intercepted a Linfield pass. It was a good omen. The natural turf, muddy from snow and rain earlier in the week, was very slippery and led to a controversial call by the referee. With the game tied at 17 in the last quarter, a Linfield ball carrier slipped and apparently fumbled the ball to Concordia on the Linfield 8-yard line. But the referee overruled the official and Linfield retained possession.

But the Cobbers won this game the way they had played all season: by forcing the other team to make big mistakes and not making any themselves.

With about three minutes left and leading 23-17, Linfield was unable to move the ball on the ground and sent in their punter. The snap from center was low and their kicker chose to run toward the sideline rather than an attempted kick on the slick field against a horde of charging Cobbers. And Concordia had a first down on the Linfield 17.

Concordia, perhaps remembering how St. Olaf had done the unexpected to them, did the unexpected to Linfield. A perfectly thrown pass and a good point-after kick gave Concordia a 24-23 win that even impressed (Jim), Christopherson, Concordia head football coach.

"I guess I'm still in a fog," he said after the game. "So much happened so fast near the end. It was just unbelievable." He later admitted, "I really don't enjoy games like these. I guess I'd rather be a fan when you have this sort of contest."

Too small for you to read? If so, click on it for an easier to read version:

KMCM to Air Linfield-Concordia (1964 NAIA Football Playoff) Game 
McMinnville News-Register Nov. 22, 1964

Ray Fields manager of radio station KMCM in McMinnville has announced that KMCM will broadcast the Linfield-Concordia (football) game live an direct from Dacotah Field in Fargo, North Dakota.
The broadcast will begin at 11:15 a.m. PST with game time set for 11:30 a.m. Announcing the game will be Craig Singletary, a member of the staff at Linfield College and a veteran athletic event announcer for KMCM. Singletary will be assisted at the game by two Linfield College students from the Radio-Speech Department.
Seven Yamhill County business firms will be sponsoring the broadcast with station officials reported will be brought to this area of an unusually high cost to the distance involved. Sponsoring the pre-game activities will be City Water and Light. The four quarters of the game will be sponsored by Oregon Mutual Insurance Company, the U.S. National Bank of McMinnville, Darigold and the Yamhill County Association of Independent Insurance Agent. Halftime activities will be brought to this area by Shakey’s Pizza Parlor and Midway Motors.
Actual game time in Fargo will be 1:30 p.m., however the two-hour time difference has moved the time up to 11:30 a.m. for Yamhill County residents.
KMCM officials reported that the game will not be carried in the Fargo area on either radio or television. For this reason, KMCM was forced to send its own staff to Fargo in order to bring the game to Yamhill County listeners.