Centre downs Sewanee 21-16

October 05, 2003

SEWANEE, Tenn. - Defense carried the day for Centre College as the Colonels held off Sewanee for a 21-16 victory Saturday.

Jacob Coleman had three interceptions and Kevin Tytus returned an interception for a touchdown as the Colonels (4-1, 2-0 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) bounced back from their first loss of the season.

"It's tough to win on the mountain (at Sewanee), but we played very well," Centre coach Andy Frye said. "Our defense played very well. There's no question that was our best game defensively."

Brian Behrendt threw two first-half touchdown passes to stake the Colonels to a 14-3 lead, and they led 21-3 after Tytus' 54-yard interception return in the third quarter before Sewanee (2-3, 0-2) started to rally.


Matt Taylor returned a punt 75 yards for a score late in the third quarter as the Tigers pulled within 21-10. A fumble by Behrendt set up another score that made it 21-16 with 2:45 left, but Sewanee missed a two-point conversion try.

Centre appeared to have stopped Sewanee on fourth down from the 2-yard line, but a pass interference call gave the Tigers another chance.

After its score, Centre recovered an onside kick but was stopped without a first down, giving Sewanee the ball back at its own 30. But Coleman's final interception on a "Hail Mary" pass with six seconds left sealed the Colonels' win.

"I thought we outplayed them, but they just kept scratching and clawing and stayed in the game," Frye said.

Frye said the Centre defense played well against Wes Satterfield, Sewanee's freshman quarterback, who rushed for 116 yards and passed for 103.

John Ortega led the Centre defense with 14 tackles, followed by Brian Downs with 12. Jarrod Zywien had three tackles for losses.

Behrendt was 13-for-24 for 149 yards with two interceptions. David Crowley caught a 24-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, and Lorenzo Engleman split Sewanee's safeties on a 35-yard pass play in the second.

Crowley led Centre's receivers with five catches for 62 yards, while Engleman rushed for 105 yards on 20 carries.

Danville High School graduate Stephen Dexter kicked two of the Colonels' three extra points.

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