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Arrington’s three touchdowns help Panthers defeat Colorado College, 31-17

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Courtesy of three touchdowns from sophomore Walter Arrington and a record-breaking 80-yard run by sophomore David Langston, the Birmingham-Southern (2-6) football team defeated Colorado College (0-8), Saturday afternoon at Washburn Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Colorado College scored first at the 3:56 mark of the first quarter on a 26-yard field goal by Tyler Brickell, and the Panthers answered at the 1:30 mark on a 22-yard touchdown run by Arrington. Senior Raymond Josof’s kick was good to give BSC a 7-3 lead heading into the second quarter.

The Tigers pulled ahead 10-7 in the first minute of the second quarter on a 32-yard pass from Jon McDonald to Andrew Conarroe and a good kick from Brickell, then increased their lead to 17-7 at the 4:17 mark on a 13-yard pass from McDonald to Luke Northam and another PAT by Brickell.

BSC closed the gap with 1:16 left in the half on a six-yard Arrington run and another good kick by Josof to bring the score to 17-14 in favor of the Tigers heading into halftime.

The Panthers picked up a fumble recovery at the 9:23 mark of the third quarter, and the drive led to another Arrington touchdown at the 6:21 mark on a three-yard run. Josof’s PAT was good, putting BSC up 21-17.

On the first play of their next drive, the Panthers put another touchdown on the board on an 80-yard run by Langston, which is a new BSC single-run record. Josof was successful again on the PAT to give BSC a 28-17 lead.

On Colorado College’s next drive, the Panthers recovered another fumble which led to a 22-yard field goal by Josof to increase the lead to 31-17 with 14:55 left in the game.

Neither team would score again, and BSC came away with the 14-point victory to break a six-game losing skid.

The Panthers recorded 207 rushing yards and 343 passing yards to the Tigers’ 158 rushing and 263 passing. Colorado College also fumbled the ball eight times, four of those resulting in turnovers.

Senior Drew Jackson started at quarterback for BSC and went 15-10-1 with 84 yards, while sophomore Joe Thigpen was 11-4 with 52 yards. Langston led the Panthers on the ground with 142 yards rushing, and Arrington recorded 113 yards. Junior Tay Walker led with 32 yards on three receptions.

For the Tigers, McDonald was 19-8 with 105 yards and Sean Farrell led with 64 yards rushing.

The Panthers return home for the final two games of the 2008 season, taking on Sewanee next Saturday, Nov. 8, at 1:30 p.m. CT as part of Homecoming and Reunion Weekend on the Hilltop. BSC will play its first-ever game at its new on-campus facility, Panther Stadium, that day.