Centre suffers its first loss, 23-17

September 28, 2003

LEXINGTON, Va. - Centre College suffered its first loss of the season Saturday when Washington and Lee powered past the Colonels for a 23-17 win.

W&L (1-2) had been outscored 73-20 in its first two games, but it pulled away from a 10-10 tie with Centre (3-1) with a pair of second-half touchdowns.

"We didn't capitalize on our opportunities," Centre coach Andy Frye said.

The Colonels' defense allowed 206 yards rushing, and their offense generated barely half of the team's previous season average of 32.3 points.

"There was nothing they did that surprised us. I think they just played better than we did," Frye said. "I don't think our kids overlooked Washington and Lee; I just don't think we played as intensely as we had previously.


"We needed to get punched in the face once and see how it hurts and then come back," Frye said. "I think our kids will use this. This is going to be a springboard for our season."

Michael Lackett's second touchdown of the second half gave W&L a 23-10 lead with 3:26 to play. Centre answered with a nine-play, 68-yard drive capped by Brian Behrendt's 4-yard touchdown pass to Lorenzo Engleman to pull within a touchdown with 1:40 left, but the Generals recovered Centre's onside kick and ran out the clock.

Centre outgained W&L by 18 yards, and the Colonels got on the board on their opening drive, a 14-play, 80-yard march that took nearly eight minutes and ended with a 5-yard scoring pass from Behrendt to Adam Schneider.

W&L led 10-7 at halftime, but Centre's Chris Thompson tied the game in the third quarter with a 29-yard field goal.

However, Frye said the Colonels should have gotten more than three points after taking over at the W&L 1 following a blocked punt by Vail Brennan.

"We made some things happen, but we never got the best out of it," Frye said.

Behrendt led the Centre offense, completing 33 of 50 passes for 295 yards. Engleman rushed 16 times for 79 yards and caught 11 passes for 78 yards. Schneider caught 10 passes for 104 yards.

John Ortega led the Colonels' defense with 14 tackles, Brian Downs had 11 and Nathan Fell and Brian Dougherty had eight each.

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