NAPERVILLE — North Central College jumped out to a 28-0 lead Saturday against Millikin and never looked back as the Cardinals won 55-12 in the Big Blue's final game of the 2018 season.
The Big Blue ends the season at 6-4, 5-4 CCIW. North Central improves to 9-1, 8-1 CCIW and won its third straight CCIW title and an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Football playoffs.
Millikin senior quarterback Nicco Stepina ended his playing career going 25-for-31 passing for 207 yards and two touchdowns. He had 49 yards rushing on 10 carries.
Stepina ends his career with over 15 Millikin offensive records including passing yards in a career (9,384), career touchdown passes (93), career total offense (10,264), touchdown passes in a season (30), passing yards in a season (2,785), touchdown passes in game (seven), passing yards in a game 380, pass completions in a game (34), and passing yards in a game (380). Unofficially Stepina has set two new CCIW records for career touchdown passes at 70 and touchdown passes in a season with 31.
Junior Jordan Smith had six catches for 79 yards and two touchdowns. Smith is now Millikin's third all-time leading receiver with 2,300 yards.
He added to his own school records for touchdowns in a career now at 37 and touchdowns in a season at 17. Smith became the first Big Blue receiver to go over 1,000 yard in season ending the year with 1,044. His 17 touchdowns this season is a new CCIW record.
Senior wide receiver Gerald Perry ended his career with five catches for 47 yards. He ranked sixth all-time at Millikin in receiving yards with 2,161.
Broc Rutter led North Central going 18-22 passing for 251 yards and four touchdowns. Ethan Greenfield rushed for 104 yards and two scores.
North Central had 600 yards of total offense with Millikin gaining 324 yards.