HOOVER, Ala. – Despite leading for the majority of the first half, the Birmingham-Southern football team (1-5) lost to Austin College (4-3), Saturday afternoon at Buccaneer Stadium on the campus of Hoover High School in Hoover, Ala.
The Panthers scored quickly to start the game on a one-yard rush by Walter Arrington at the 13:10 mark. Raymond Josof’s kick was good to give BSC the 7-0 lead.
Austin got on the board later in the quarter at the 2:50 mark when Matt Burton rushed six yards for the touchdown. The point after touchdown kick attempt was blocked by BSC’s Zac Napier, and David Kelley returned the ball to the end zone to give BSC two points and the 9-6 lead.
BSC scored again at the 1:28 mark of the first quarter on a 54-pass from Joe Thigpen to Arrington, and Josof’s kick was good again to put the Panthers up 16-6 heading into the second quarter.
The ‘Roos cut the lead to 16-13 with a quick touchdown to open the second quarter on a four-yard rush by Zach Mamot. BSC tried for a field goal with 31 seconds left on the clock in the half, but the kick was blocked and returned for a touchdown by Matt Finke. Jonathan Hersh made the point-after and Austin College took a 20-16 lead into the halftime break.
The ‘Roos scored again four minutes into the third quarter on a 28-yard run by Ross Hasten to go up 27-16, but the Panthers cut into the lead at the 8:34 mark on a 65-yard pass from Thigpen to Arrington. BSC’s two-point conversion attempt failed, putting the score at 27-22 in favor of Austin College.
Austin increased its lead to 34-22 at the 6:56 mark of the third quarter on a pass from Andy Braly to Hasten, and scored again at the 14:14 mark of the fourth quarter, this time on a 10-yard rush by Mamot, to go up 41-22.
At the 7:38 mark, the ‘Roos got their largest lead of the game on a 56-yard run by Hasten to go up 48-22. BSC finally scored again with 6:04 left to play on a 31-yard run by Arrington, cutting the lead to 48-29. Neither team would score again, and Austin College came away with the 19-point win.
Braly was 6-of-8 for the ‘Roos with 126 yards and one touchdown, while Hasten led with 158 of Austin’s 363 rushing yards and two touchdowns. For the Panthers, Thigpen was 11-of-14 with 178 yards and two touchdowns, and David Langston led with 71 yards rushing and a touchdown.
The Panthers are on the road for their next two games, traveling to face Centre College, Saturday, Oct 25, at 2:30 ET in Danville, Ky. BSC then travels west to face Colorado College, Saturday, Nov. 1, at 12 p.m. MT in Colorado Springs, Colo.
BSC will debut its brand new on-campus athletic complex for Homecoming 2008, when the Panthers take on Sewanee, Nov. 8 at 1:30 p.m.