BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Playing for the first time at the new on-campus Panther Stadium, and for the first time on campus since 1939, the Birmingham-Southern (3-6) football team shut out Sewanee (2-7), 49-0, Saturday, for Homecoming 2008.
BSC picked up its first points of the game at the 10:44 mark of the first quarter on a 25-yard field goal from senior Raymond Josof. Less than three minutes later, sophomore quarter Joe Thigpen ran the ball in for two yards to put the Panthers up 9-0, and Josof made the extra point to push the lead to 10-0 at the 8:05 mark of the first quarter.
Less than a minute into the second quarter, sophomore David Langston made a 44-yard punt return, and Josof made the extra point, putting BSC up 17-0.
The Panthers increased their lead to 23-0 at the 11:59 mark of the second quarter on a 69-yard pass from Thigpen to freshman Dion Watts. Then, as the clock ticked down to zero at the end of the second quarter, Thigpen completed a 31-yard pass to freshman Luke Chapman. Josof made the extra point to put BSC up 30-0 at the half.
At the 10:42 mark of the third quarter, BSC increased its lead by six as Thigpen rushed for two yards to the end zone, pushing the lead to 36-0.
Thigpen scored again at the 3:44 mark of the third quarter when he ran for 30 yards to the end zone. Josof’s extra point was good, putting BSC up 43-0. Less than three minutes later, sophomore David Langston ran 34 yards to increase the Panthers’ lead to 49-0.
Neither team scored in the fourth quarter, and the Panthers came away with the Homecoming shutout.
The BSC offense racked up 505 total yards to the Tigers’ 139, including 295 yards rushing and 210 passing yards. The Panthers also had 17 first downs to Sewanee’s nine, and the Tigers had two fumbles, both recovered by BSC.
Thigpen was 9-of-15 with 157 yards and two touchdown passes, and also had 94 yards on 12 carries with three touchdowns on the ground. Langston led 147 total yards rushing on 10 carries. Watts had 69 receiving yards in a single reception, and Chapman had 63 yards in four receptions, with both scoring touchdowns.
On Sewanee’s side of the ball, Patrick Shelton was 6-of-9 with one interception and 26 yards, and Brient Hobbs was 4-of-6 for 24 yards. Zeke Wilson led the Tigers with 41 yards rushing.
BSC is at home again next weekend to wrap up the season, facing No. 4 Millsaps in a noon kickoff at Panther Stadium.