TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- It didn't matter that Millikin didn't score in the first half, the Big Blue erupted for 28 second-half points to pick up a 28-26 road win against Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Saturday.

Quarterback Nicco Stepina threw three  touchdowns in the second half, including 80- and 93-yard bombs to Gerald Perry to hold off a late rally by the Fightn' Engineers. 

With Rose-Hulman driving, trailing 28-26 with under two minutes left in the game, Millikin's Lashon Johnson made a tackle on fourth down to save the game for the Big Blue (2-0).

Stepina finished the night 13-32 passing for 362 yards and three touchdowns. Perry had six catches for 207 yards and two scores. Perry's performance was the third most receiving yards in a game in Millikin history.

Stepina led the Millikin rushers with 14 carries for 57 yards followed by Robinson with 12 carries for 47 yards.

Daniel Jackson led Millikin with 13 tackles followed by Johnson with nine. Linebacker Matt Brown had seven tackles with two for a loss.

Millikin is off next week and will host North Central College on September 23 to open play in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.


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