Concordia, St. P 23, Winona St. 20

Updated: October 4, 2003, 8:53 PM ET

ST. PAUL -- Concordia-St. Paul got one of its biggest wins in school history as the Golden Bears upset No. 9-ranked Winona State 23-20 in overtime Saturday.

Concordia (4-1, 3-0 NSIC) got the game-winning touchdown after James McNear ran 15 yards and into the end zone to end the game.

Winona State (6-1, 2-1) forced overtime after a 29-yard touchdown pass to Brian Wrobel. Concordia had a chance to win the game with a Brody Johnson field goal with only four seconds remaining, but his 36-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left at the end of regulation.

McNear finished with 186 yards on 18-of-30 passing and added 69 yards rushing. The Golden Bears also got 68 rushing yards and 73 yards receiving from Chris Washington.

Wrobel finished with 101 yards passing and 46 yards rushing.

This was the first time Concordia has ever beaten Winona State since joining the NSIC five years ago. The Golden Bears are now tied with Northern State for first place in the conference.

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