SEWANEE, Tenn. – Courtesy of three touchdowns from freshman tailback #Shawn Morris#, the Birmingham-Southern football team picked up another win on Saturday, defeating Sewanee on the road, 34-17. The Panthers move to 4-3 on the season, while the Tigers fall to 0-7.
Sewanee scored first in the game on a 29-yard field goal from Geoff Marolda at the 11:22 mark of the second quarter, but BSC answered with a touchdown – a seven-yard run by Morris – at the 5:50 mark. Freshman #Cody Hutchings#’ kick was good to put the Panthers up 7-0.
The Tigers took back the lead soon after as Ben Cleveland made a 14-yard run to the end zone at the 4:29 mark to put Sewanee up 10-7 at halftime.
Chalankis Brown increased the Tigers’ lead to 17-7 with a 79-yard kickoff return touchdown to open the third quarter, but it would be Sewanee’s last score of the game. BSC cut the lead to 17-14 at the 5:44 mark of the third quarter on a 68-yard punt return by junior wide receiver #David Langston#, and took over the lead at the 4:23 mark on a 24-yard run by Morris.
The Panthers scored twice more in the fourth quarter on six-yard runs by Morris at the 7:53 mark and junior tailback #Walter Arrington# at the 2:16 mark for a final score of 34-17.
Junior quarterback #Joe Thigpen# led BSC with 69 passing yards, going 7-of-16 with one interception, as well as 65 yards rushing on 26 carries. Morris recorded 59 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries, and Langston led with 27 yards receiving on two catches. Langston also led with 193 all-purpose yards, and Hutchings was 4-of-5 on extra point attempts.
Junior defensive back #Trae Strain# and sophomore linebacker #Dustin Massey# led with seven tackles apiece, and Massey also had a sack for a loss of 12 yards.
For Sewanee, Patrick Shelton was 7-of-18 with two interceptions – one by junior defensive lineman #Justin Ray#, and one by freshman defensive back #Spencer Malcolm# – and 137 yards. Michael Poarch led on the ground with 74 yards rushing on 23 carries, and David Craig led with 42 yards receiving on two catches.
BSC recorded 13 first downs to Sewanee’s 11, and held a slight edge in total offensive yardage, 254 to 231.
The Panthers return home for their next two games, beginning with a noon game against DePauw University next Saturday, Oct. 31, at Panther Stadium.