HOOVER, Ala. – Behind a 230-yard performance from quarterback Bryant Wilson, the No. 19 Trinity University Tigers (4-0) defeated Birmingham-Southern (1-3), 48-20, Saturday afternoon at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala.
The Tigers got on the board first in the first minute when, on the kickoff return, BSC fumbled the ball at the 14:45 mark and Trinity gained possession and scored 40 seconds later.
The Panthers were successful on their next drive, though, as quarterback Joe Thigpen ran 24 yards for the touchdown at the 11:33 mark. The extra point, however, was no good, and Trinity kept the 7-6 lead.
Trinity scored again at the 9:56 mark of the first quarter on a completed pass from Wilson to Chris Coleman for 19 yards, putting the Tigers up 13-6. On the extra point attempt, the ball was bobbled and Michael Tomlin attempted to pass the ball to a teammate, but BSC’s Zac Napier intercepted the pass at the one-yard line.
Neither team would score again until the 11:24 mark of the second quarter when Trinity’s Al Furlow dashed two yards into the end zone, and the extra point was good, to give the Tigers a 20-6 advantage.
BSC answered on its next drive, as Thigpen completed a three-yard pass to Darius Dalton with 8:16 on the clock and Jared Spooner’s extra point was good to cut the lead to 20-13.
Trinity expanded the lead again on its next drive on a seven-yard pass from Wilson to Caleb Urban. The extra point was good and the Tigers went up 27-13 at the 1:37 mark of the second quarter.
With only a minute and a half to play before halftime, the Panthers were able to drive 72 yards in only four plays and score on a 10-yard pass to Luke Chapman. Spooner’s kick was good and Trinity took a 27-20 lead into the locker rooms at the half.
On its first drive of the second half, Trinity fumbled the ball and the Panthers recovered, but BSC wasn’t able to capitalize and Trinity regained possession at the 11:52 mark. That drive ended with a touchdown by Chris Baer off a four-yard pass from Wilson and a good extra point, putting the Tigers up 34-20 at the 7:03 mark.
The BSC offense was unable to score again, and Trinity would score twice more in the quarter: at the 3:30 mark on a four-yard Wilson rush, and with 47 seconds on the clock, on a 15-yard Baer rush, putting the Tigers up 48-20.
Neither team would score again in the fourth quarter, and Trinity clinched the 48-20 victory to remain unbeaten at 4-0 on the season.
Wilson was 18-24 for Trinity with 223 passing yards and three touchdowns, and also rushed for seven yards and one touchdown. Baer led the Tigers on the ground with 135 yards and two touchdowns. Coleman was Trinity’s top receiver with 77 yards and a touchdown.
For BSC, Thigpen was 11-22 with one interception, 145 yards and two touchdowns. He was also the Panthers’ leading rusher with 70 yards and a touchdown, while Tay Walker led on the receiving end with 78 yards.
The Panthers are on the road for their next game, traveling to face DePauw University next Saturday, Oct. 11, at noon in Greencastle, Ind.