1920 Centre Praying Colonels football team

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1920 Centre Praying Colonels football
1920 Centre Praying Colonels football team.jpg
Fort Worth Classic, W 63–7 vs. TCU
Conference Independent
1920 record 8–2
Head coach Charley Moran
Offensive scheme Single wing
Home stadium Cheek Field
Uniform
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Seasons
← 1919
1921 →
1920 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Georgia + 7 0 0     8 0 1
Tulane + 5 0 0     6 2 1
Georgia Tech + 4 0 0     8 1 0
Alabama 6 1 0     10 1 0
Furman 3 1 0     9 1 0
South Carolina 3 1 0     5 4 0
Tennessee 5 2 0     7 2 0
Auburn 4 2 0     7 2 0
Mississippi A&M 4 2 0     5 3 0
Sewanee 3 3 1     4 3 1
Vanderbilt 3 3 0     4 3 1
Howard 2 3 0     3 5 1
Mississippi College 2 4 0     3 5 0
Clemson 2 6 0     4 6 1
Florida 1 2 0     6 3 0
Transylvania 1 2 0     1 2 0
LSU 1 3 0     5 3 1
Chattanooga 1 3 0     3 4 1
The Citadel 1 4 0     2 6 0
Ole Miss 0 2 0     4 3 0
Kentucky 0 2 1     3 4 1
Georgetown (KY) 0 2 0     0 3 0
Millsaps 0 3 0     0 3 0
Mercer 0 4 0     2 7 0
Wofford 0 4 0     0 8 1
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1920 Centre Praying Colonels football team represented Centre College in the 1920 college football season. The Praying Colonels scored 546 points while allowing 62 points and capped off their season by defeating TCU, 63–7 in the Fort Worth Classic.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
October 2 Morris Harvey Cheek Field • Danville, KY W 66–0  
October 9 Howard* Cheek Field • Danville, KY W 120–0  
October 16 at Transylvania* Lexington, KY W 55–0  
October 23 at Harvard* Harvard StadiumCambridge, MA L 31–14  
October 30 at Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta, GA L 24–0  
November 6 at DePauw Indianapolis, IN W 34–0  
November 13 at Kentucky Lexington, KY W 49–0  
November 20 vs. V. P. I.* Louisville, KY W 28–0  
November 25 Georgetown (KY) Cheek Field • Danville, KY W 103–0  
January 1, 1921 at TCU* Fort Worth, TX (Fort Worth Classic) W 63–7  
*Non-conference game.

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Season[edit]

Centre opened the season with three straight wins by a combined score of 241–0, beating Morris Harvey (now Charleston), 66–0; Howard (now Samford), 120–0; and Transylvania, 55–0.

A prequel to the 1921 Centre vs. Harvard football game followed; Harvard had not lost a game since 1918[2] and defeated visiting Centre 31–13, finishing with a record of 8–0–1. With the Harvard game tied 7–7, it was 4th down and 6 at the 30-yard line. Instead of punting, McMillin "defied every "don't" in the football book" and tossed a touchdown pass.[3]

A loss at Georgia Tech followed, 24–0; Georgia Tech finished its season 8–1, having outscored its opponents 312-16.[4] One writer recalled he heard a story that Tech tackle Bill Fincher sought to knock Bo McMillin out of the game, taking with him brass-knuckles or "something equally diabolical."[5]

Centre then defeated DePauw, 34–0, in Indianapolis; Kentucky, 49–0, at Lexington; Virginia Tech, 28–0, in Louisville; and Georgetown, 103–0.

Postseason[edit]

Centre then traveled to Fort Worth, Texas for a bowl game, the Fort Worth Classic, against undefeated TCU. TCU entered the game with a record of 9–0, including wins at Arkansas (19–2) and at Baylor (21–9).[6] Texas Christian had attained its perfect record while outscoring its opponents 163-46.[6] Centre won the game handily. Accounts of the final score vary; some sources say Centre won 63-7[6] and other sources give the final score as 77–7.[7]

Centre finished the season with a record of 8–2. McMillan was named to the 1920 College Football All-America Team.

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