JACKSON, Miss. - Centre College couldn't recover after giving up 20 first-half points, and the Colonels lost 20-18 to Millsaps Saturday night.
Millsaps (2-2, 1-0 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) took a 20-0 lead behind a strong rushing attack that produced 233 yards.
"We let them control the ball on us. They really just put it to us in the first half running the ball," Centre coach Andy Frye said.
Centre (3-3, 1-2) got on the board with 14 seconds left in the first half on Brian Behrendt's touchdown pass to David Crowley, then pulled within 20-10 on Chris Thompson's field goal in the third quarter.
The Colonels' defense kept Millsaps off the board in the second half, but the offense made two critical mistakes in the fourth quarter. First, Centre failed to score after an interception and 19-yard return by Brian Downs gave them the ball inside the Millsaps 30-yard line. Then a fumble with about seven minutes left allowed Millsaps to kill about four minutes before the Colonels got the ball back.