Millsaps–Mississippi College rivalry

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Millsaps–Mississippi College rivalry
Mississippi College Choctaws (ASC) Millsaps Majors (SAA)
HC: Norman Joseph (42–50) HC: Aaron Pelch (27–13)
Games played 51 (12 since renewal)
First meeting 1920 (M.C. 60, Millsaps 0)
Most recent game September 7, 2013
(Millsaps 52, M.C. 19)
All-time series Miss. College leads 31–15–6
Since renewal (2000) Miss. College leads 7–6
Largest victory Historic: 1920
(M.C. 60, Millsaps 0)
Modern: 2008
(Millsaps 42, M.C. 6)
Highest scoring game Historic: 1920: 60 points
(M.C. 60, Millsaps 0)
Modern 2009: 91 points
(M.C. 47, Millsaps 44 – 2OT)
Millsaps–Mississippi College rivalry is located in Mississippi
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Locations in Mississippi

The Millsaps–Mississippi College rivalry is a sports rivalry between the Millsaps College Majors and the Mississippi College Choctaws. It chiefly manifests in the college football matchup, known as the Backyard Brawl as both schools are located near to Jackson, Mississippi in the United States. The colleges compete in Division III of the NCAA, Mississippi College in the American Southwest Conference (ASC) and Millsaps in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA).

The two schools met nearly every year in various sports from 1920 through spring 1960, after which time the series was cancelled when a fight broke out at a men's basketball game. The college football series was resumed in 2000. Mississippi College leads it 31–14–6.

History[edit]

The series began in 1920, when Millsaps College fielded its first college football team. The game was played annually from then until 1959, except for a four-year hiatus during World War II. To that point Mississippi College dominated the rivalry with a win-loss record of 24–9–6. The series was cancelled after fighting broke out at a Millsaps–Mississippi College basketball game in early 1960. Mississippi College students had taken a flag from a Millsaps fraternity and threw it in the air during the game; when Millsaps students went to retrieve it a scuffle ensued.[1] Sports games between the schools were subsequently cancelled; though a few basketball games were played over the years, there were no football games for another four decades.[2]

Later, the Mississippi Sports Council worked with both schools to resume the football series, which was dubbed the "Backyard Brawl" due to the colleges' proximity in the Jackson area. The first game was held on September 2, 2000 at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium and reportedly drew 13,000 fans, an NCAA Division III record.[3] The teams annually opened their seasons against one another at Memorial Stadium from then through the 2004 season. In 2005, the series took another brief hiatus when Mississippi College began preparing for a potential move to Division II, where they could grant athletic scholarships. This move never came to fruition, however, and the series resumed in 2006, again as an opening week contest but with the games alternating between the schools' campuses. The renewed rivalry has been hotly contested. In the 11 games since 2000, the average margin of victory is 9.8 points; 10 of those games have been decided by 13 points or less, with an average victory margin of 5.7 points. Five of the Six meetings since 2006 have been decided by 6 points or fewer, including two games that required overtime to determine a winner (2009 and 2011). The Choctaws currently lead the modern series 7–5, giving them an advantage of 31–14–6 all-time.

Game results[edit]

Mississippi College victories are shaded ██ blue. Millsaps victories are shaded ██ purple. Ties are shaded white.

Historic rivalry (1920–1959)[edit]

Date Site Winning team Losing team Series Advantage
1920 Jackson Mississippi College     60  Millsaps 0 Miss. College 1–0
1921 Jackson Mississippi College 56 Millsaps    0 Miss. College 2–0
1922 Jackson Mississippi College 13 Millsaps 6 Miss. College 3–0
1923 Jackson 0–0 Miss. College 3–0–1
1924 Jackson Mississippi College 14 Millsaps 0 Miss. College 4–0–1
1925 Jackson Millsaps 6 Mississippi College 0 Miss. College 4–1–1
1926 Jackson Mississippi College 43 Millsaps 13 Miss. College 5–1–1
1927 Jackson Mississippi College 12 Millsaps 0 Miss. College 6–1–1
1928 Jackson 6–6 Miss. College 6–1–2
1929 Jackson Millsaps 7 Mississippi College 0 Miss. College 6–2–2
1930 Jackson Mississippi College 8 Millsaps 7 Miss. College 7–2–2
1931 Jackson Mississippi College 9 Millsaps 0 Miss. College 8–2–2
1932 Jackson Mississippi College 7 Millsaps 6 Miss. College 9–2–2
1933 Jackson Millsaps 2 Mississippi College 0 Miss. College 9–3–2
1934 Jackson Millsaps 13 Mississippi College 0 Miss. College 9–4–2
1935 Jackson 0–0 Miss. College 9–4–3
1936 Jackson Millsaps 7 Mississippi College 0 Miss. College 9–5–3
1936 Jackson Mississippi College 19 Millsaps 7 Miss. College 10–5–3
1937 Jackson 0–0 Miss. College 10–5–4
1937 Jackson Mississippi College 12 Millsaps 0 Miss. College 11–5–4
1938 Jackson Mississippi College 21 Millsaps 0 Miss. College 12–5–4
1938 Clinton Mississippi College 32 Millsaps 0 Miss. College 13–5–4
1939 Jackson Mississippi College 29 Millsaps 0 Miss. College 14–5–4
1940 Clinton Mississippi College 27 Millsaps 0 Miss. College 15–5–4
1941 Jackson Mississippi College 21 Millsaps 0 Miss. College 16–5–4
1946 Jackson Mississippi College 35 Millsaps 0 Miss. College 17–5–4
1947 Jackson Millsaps 7 Mississippi College 0 Miss. College 17–6–4
1948 Clinton Mississippi College 20 Millsaps 14 Miss. College 18–6–4
1949 Jackson Mississippi College 42 Millsaps 6 Miss. College 19–6–4
1950 Clinton Mississippi College 19 Millsaps 7 Miss. College 20–6–4
1951 Jackson Millsaps 12 Mississippi College 7 Miss. College 20–7–4
1952 Clinton Millsaps 21 Mississippi College 20 Miss. College 20–8–4
1953 Jackson Mississippi College 20 Millsaps 19 Miss. College 21–8–4
1954 Clinton Millsaps 13 Mississippi College 6 Miss. College 21–9–4
1955 Jackson Mississippi College 18 Millsaps 14 Miss. College 22–9–4
1956 Clinton 0–0 Miss. College 22–9–5
1957 Jackson Mississippi College 19 Millsaps 0 Miss. College 23–9–5
1958 Clinton 0–0 Miss. College 23–9–6
1959 Jackson Mississippi College 26 Millsaps 6 Miss. College 24–9–6
Historic Rivalry (39 meetings, 1920–1959): Mississippi College 24–9–6

Source: 2009 Millsaps football media guide[4]

Modern rivalry (2000–present)[edit]

Date Site Visitor (Season W–L) Host (Season W–L) Attendance
September 2, 2000 Memorial Stadium • Jackson Millsaps (5–5) 20 Mississippi College (3–7) 19 10,200[5]
September 1, 2001 Memorial Stadium • Jackson Millsaps (6–4) 3 Mississippi College (7–3) 15 7,300[6]
September 7, 2002 Memorial Stadium • Jackson Millsaps (3–6) 16 Mississippi College (4–6) 14 6,500[7]
September 4, 2003 Memorial Stadium • Jackson Millsaps (1–9) 0 Mississippi College (3–7) 13 4,350[8]
September 9, 2004 Memorial Stadium • Jackson Mississippi College (1–9) 0 Millsaps (4–5) 9 3,816[9]
2005 No Game
September 2, 2006 Harper Davis Field • Jackson Mississippi College (5–5) 52 Millsaps (7–4) 28 5,217[10]
August 30, 2007 Robinson-Hale Stadium • Clinton Millsaps (8–2) 26 Mississippi College (8–2) 27 5,293[11]
September 6, 2008 Harper Davis Field • Jackson Mississippi College (5–5) 6 Millsaps (11–1) 42 4,178[12]
September 5, 2009 Robinson-Hale Stadium • Clinton Millsaps (7–3) 442OT Mississippi College (9–3) 472OT 4,348[13]
September 4, 2010 Harper Davis Field • Jackson Mississippi College (4–6) 27 Millsaps (7–3) 23 1,510[14]
September 3, 2011 Robinson-Hale Stadium • Clinton Millsaps (4–6) 27OT Mississippi College (3–7) 33OT 2,284[15]
September 1, 2012 Harper Davis Field • Jackson Mississippi College (2–8) 17 Millsaps (7–3) 23 2,341[16]
September 7, 2013 Robinson-Hale Stadium • Clinton Millsaps (9–1) 52 Mississippi College (4–6) 19 6,934[17]
Renewed Series (13 meetings, 2000–present): Mississippi College leads 7–6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rick Cleveland (August 31, 2000). "Why Mississippi College and Millsaps Stopped Playing Each Other". The Clarion-Ledger. Retrieved October 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ Lee Baker (February 6, 1997). "Lee Baker". The Clarion-Ledger. Retrieved October 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ Mike Christensen (June 2012). "Crews to film Backyard Brawl on Aug. 30 at Harper Davis Field". Millsaps Magazine. p. 40. Retrieved October 24, 2012. 
  4. ^ 2009 Millsaps football media guide
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