1920 Centre Praying Colonels football team
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.
|1920 Centre Praying Colonels football|
|Conference||Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association|
|1920 record||8–2 (4–1 SIAA)|
|Head coach||Charley Moran|
|Offensive scheme||Single wing|
|Home stadium||Cheek Field|
|1920 SIAA football standings|
|Georgia Tech +||4||–||0||–||0||8||–||1||–||0|
|October 2||Morris Harvey*||W 66–0|
|October 9||Howard||W 120–0|
|October 16||at Transylvania||Lexington, KY||W 55–0|
|October 23||at Harvard*||L 31–14|
|October 30||at Georgia Tech||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)||W 103–0|
|January 1, 1921||at TCU*||Fort Worth, TX (Fort Worth Classic)||W 63–7|
A prequel to the 1921 Centre vs. Harvard football game followed; Harvard had not lost a game since 1918 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.
A loss at Georgia Tech followed, 24–0; Georgia Tech finished its season 8–1, having outscored its opponents 312-16. 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."
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). Texas Christian had attained its perfect record while outscoring its opponents 163-46. Centre won the game handily. Accounts of the final score vary; some sources say Centre won 63-7 and other sources give the final score as 77–7.
Centre finished the season with a record of 8–2. McMillan was named to the 1920 College Football All-America Team.
- "Centre College Football Records (1920-1939)".
- Harvard footballs scores
- Yust, Walter (1952). "Encyclopaedia Britannica: A New Survey of Universal Knowledge".
- 1920 Georgia Tech football scores
- "Fincher, Guyon, Strupper-and Shaw Hardy". The Miami News. November 3, 1943.
- 1920 Texas Christian football scores
- John Y. Brown, The Legend of the Praying Colonels, J. Marvin Gray & Associates, Inc., Louisville, Kentucky