Football hits the road again for conference clash with Rhodes
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Coming off a close road loss to undefeated and nationally ranked DePauw University, the Birmingham-Southern Panthers hit the road again Nov. 6 hoping to pick up their sixth win of the season against Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Rhodes College in Memphis. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Fargason Field.
Birmingham-Southern is 5-3 on the season, and 2-3 in league play. The Panthers are not eligible to compete for the SCAC title until the 2011 season when their transition to NCAA Division III is complete.
The Panthers lost a close 30-23 contest last Saturday at DePauw, which already has clinched the SCAC title and automatic berth in the NCAA Division III Championship thanks to its unblemished 8-0 overall record and 6-0 league mark.
Rhodes is 3-5 on the season and 2-3 in SCAC play. The Lynx are coming off a 38-31 Homecoming win over conference foe Centre College.
Birmingham-Southern is 1-2 all-time vs. Rhodes, including last year's 51-17 home victory.
"Every week in our conference is a test, especially playing on the road," said BSC Head Coach Eddie Garfinkle. "We are coming off a very physical game on the road against the league's best offensive and defensive units, so we have to avoid any sort of letdown associated with that game or with playing away from home for the second straight week. We have a good group of seniors on this team and we will be looking for their leadership and maturity to ensure that does not happen."
Birmingham-Southern will bring the league's top-scoring offense and No. 1 rushing offense into the game with Rhodes. The Panthers are scoring an average of 36 points per game and rushing for an average of 250 years per contest. BSC also has the league's third best scoring defense, giving up 24 points a game, and are ranked third in the SCAC in total defense allowing 340 years a contest.
Senior tailback Walter Arrington continues to lead the BSC offense and the SCAC in rushing with a 119 yards per game average. He tallied 141 yards rushing last weekend against DePauw's league-leading defensive unit. Defensively, the Panthers are second in the conference in interceptions with 14 in eight games. Senior defensive end Jeremy Jones leads the SCAC in sacks with four and in tackles for loss with 10.
Rhodes enters the contest averaging 23 points a game on offense, while giving up 31. The Lynx rank last in the league in total defense allowing 426 yards per game.
Offensively, the Lynx are led by sophomore quarterback Tyler Perkins who was named the SCAC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance last Saturday against Centre. Perkins accounted for 332 yards total offense, including 296 through the air and three touchdowns. He also rushed for a touchdown. Senior linebacker Andrew Meier leads the Rhodes defense with 76 total tackles.
The game can be heard on Birmingham-Southern's live streaming Internet radio broadcast featuring play-by-play by Josh Caray. The free online broadcasts, as well as live in-game stats, are accessible through www.bscsports.net and begin approximately 15 minutes before kickoff.
Birmingham-Southern closes its 2010 season at home Nov. 13 as the Panthers face SCAC foe Millsaps College at 1 p.m. on Senior Day in Panther Stadium.