The Millikin football opened the 2014 season by rolling over Greenville College 66-24 on September 6 in Greenville, Illinois.
Millikin jumped out to a 24-0 advantage after one quarter and went to the locker room at halftime up 45-10. Millikin rolled up 549 in total offense throwing the football for 298 yards while rushing for 251. Greenville had 442 yards of total offense, but much of that came in the second half when Millikin pulled its starters with the outcome of the game was long since decided.
Quarterback Nick Pippin had a solid game for the Big Blue passing 18-28 for 247 yards with three touchdowns. Pippin rushed for 47 yards and one touchdown.
Millikin top receiver was Taylor Sanders with seven catches for 109 yards.
Millikin's three back rushing attack was effective with Justin Brooks gaining 77 yards and one score on four carries. Freshman Isaiah Townsend had 62 yards on nine carries with one touchdown. Jacoby Sims had 23 yards on eight carries and one score.
On Millikin's second drive, a 60 yard run by Brooks set up a one yard run by Townsend.
On the ensuing kickoff freshman Jalen Easler on the return by Greenville's Jarrid Williams. Freshman Quintaz Wright scooped up the loose ball and raced to the end zone to make it 17-0 Millikin.
Millikin closed out the first quarter on a 63 yard touchdown pass from Pippin to Brady Cufaude.
The Big Blue scored three more times in the second quarter. Pippin connected with Sanders on a 33 yard pass play to put Millikin up 31-3. Sims added a four yard touchdown run and Pippin scored on a 28 yard pass.
Pippin connected with Sanders again in the third quarter on a 28 yard pass.
Millikin scored twice in the fourth quarter with freshman Brendan Moore hitting Chase Robbins on a 45 yard touchdown pass and Mike Blakely scoring on a 75 yard punt return.
Eric Northey rushed for 113 yards for Greenville while Nathan Callaway rushed for 111 yards.
Travis Goveia had a big day for the Millikin defense with 7.5 tackles including six tackles for a loss. Jowonis Edwards had 8.5 tackles to led the Big Blue defenders.
Millikin will play at Trine University in Angola Indiana on September 13 at 1 p.m. ET. The game is part of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) and Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Challenge.