Senior quarterback Juan Joseph completed 20 of 25 passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 4 Millsaps College to a 50-6 victory over Colorado College in a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference game on Saturday in Jackson, Miss.
The Majors improved to 9-0 overall and clinched the SCAC title with a 7-0 record. The Tigers dropped to 0-8 overall and 0-7 in the conference.
Colorado College put up a valiant effort in the first half, holding a team that averages 45.1 points per game to only Shane Bowser’s 25-yard scoring jaunt in the first 20 minutes.
Junior safety Brendan Ross intercepted a Joseph pass on Millsaps’ second possession to help keep the deficit at 7-0. But the Majors scored 16 points in the closing 8:42 of the half to break the game open.
Millsaps extended its lead to 30-0 on its opening possession of the second half on a 22-yard pass from Joseph to Colin Napier.
The Tigers got on the scoreboard after Ross recovered a fumbled put at the Majors' 24-yard line. Senior quarterback Jon McDonald found the end zone on a 10-yard scoring run with 8:02 remaining in the third quarter, but that was as close as the Tigers would get.
Michael Galatas scored on a 49-yard punt return with 1:09 to play in the third, and after a blocked punt a fumble, Millsaps tacked on two more TDs in a span of 3:18 while covering just 29 total yards.
Junior fullback Sean Farrell led CC with 69 rushing yards, while McDonald added 34.
In addition to his interception and recovered fumble, Ross reached double-figure tackles for the third game in a row and fourth time this season, sharing the team lead of 11 with senior linebacker Buddy Ferreira.
Ferreira became the 15th Tiger to record 200 or more total career tackles and is now No. 14 with 206.
Colorado College plays its season finale next Saturday when the Tigers take on Centre College at Washburn Field.