BLUFFTON, Ohio - Centre College couldn't hold an 11-point lead for the final 10 minutes, and Bluffton rallied to beat the Colonels 33-24 Saturday in the season opener for both teams.
Bluffton capitalized on three Centre turnovers, including one that led to the go-ahead touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.
"They took advantage of the turnovers they were able to get," Centre coach Andy Frye said.
The result was a surprising one based on the two teams' 2003 records. Centre went 8-2 and won a share of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championship, while Bluffton was 2-8 and winless in its league.
"To them that was a big upset, and to us it was a big loss," Frye said. "We just need to rebound right now and get going."
Centre took a 24-13 lead when Adam Blandford caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Brian Behrendt with 11:09 to play. Bluffton answered three plays later with a big play, a 73-yard pass from Jared Owens to Leon Payne that made it 24-19 with 9:30 remaining.