Football takes undefeated record to Texas for conference battle with Austin College Oct. 1

Shawn Morris

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern College Panthers will put their overall and conference unbeaten records on the line this weekend when they travel to Texas face Austin College in a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference contest.  Kickoff is set for Saturday, Oct. 1, at 1 p.m. in Jerry E. Apple Stadium on the Austin College campus in Sherman, Texas.

The contest will mark Birmingham-Southern's fourth road game of the season.  The Panthers will take a 4-0 overall record and 1-0 SCAC mark into the game.  BSC opened SCAC play last weekend with a come-from-behind win at Sewanee.  The Panthers scored with 37 seconds left in the game to secure the win.

The Austin College Kangaroos enter the game seeking their first win.  The 'Roos are 0-4 overall and 0-1 in the SCAC.

BSC is 2-2 all time against Austin College.  The Panthers have won the last two meetings, including a 44-21 victory last season at home in Panther Stadium.

"Austin College's record can be deceiving," said BSC Head Coach Eddie Garfinkle.  "They return a lot of talented and all-conference players from last season, headed by a senior quarterback who is one of the best passers in our league.  Anytime you go on the road in our conference you can expect a battle, and we a preparing for a tough game against a hungry opponent."

Garfinkle said that two of the losses suffered by Austin this season came to teams from the powerful American Southwest Conference, while another was to undefeated Centre, which was picked to finish second in the SCAC.

Birmingham-Southern will enter the game ranked No. 1 in the conference in total offense and rushing offense, and third in scoring offense.  The Panthers are averaging 439 yards offense and 34 points per game, and rushing for an average of 296 yards a contest.  BSC has three of the top 10 rushers in the SCAC.  Junior tailback Shawn Morris of Pensacola, Fla., who scored the winning touchdown against Sewanee last Saturday, is the SCAC's leading rusher at 132 yards a game and has scored seven touchdowns.  Sophomore tailback Joseph Moultrie of Birmingham is fourth in the conference in rushing at 80 yards a game, mostly from the wildcat position.  Junior quarterback Jimmy Stainback of Roswell, Ga., is sixth in rushing and ranks No. 1 in the conference in total offense with a combined 190 yards running and past a game.

The Panthers' defensive unit enters the Austin College contest as the No. 2 defense in the league against the run and the pass, and is second in scoring defense giving up only 16 points a game.  Junior defensive back Andrew Shannon of Trussville leads the team in tackles with 38, which ranks No. 3 in the SCAC.  Shannon also has three interceptions.  Senior defensive end Bryan Jackson of Houston, Texas, the SCAC Defensive Player-of-the-Week for his 11 tackles and a sack against Sewanee, is second on the team in tackles with 25 and leads in sacks with three.  Jackson is second in the SCAC in sacks and first in tackles for a loss.

Austin College, which returns several all-SCAC honorees from a year ago, has struggled on both sides of the ball so far this season under second-year Head Coach Loren Dawson.  The 'Roos rank next to last in the league in total offense and scoring offense, and last in total defense and next to last in scoring defense.

The Kangaroos are scoring 15 points a game, while giving up 41 per contest.  Austin College has excelled through the air on the arm of senior quarterback Travis Zambiasi, an Honorable Mention All-SCAC performer a year ago.  Zambiasi ranks third in the conference in passing at 151 yards a game and three touchdowns.

The Austin College defense is led by All-Conference linebackers in Tanner Martin, Kenneth Eneh, and Ethan Tanner.  Eneh, a preseason second team All American pick, has 31 tackles through four games.

Fans of the Panthers can follow the contest with Austin College on live stats at livestats.austincollege.edu/football/ and on live streaming video at www.collegetvticket.com.

After taking next week off, Birmingham-Southern finally returns home again Oct. 15 to face conference opponent Centre College in Panther Stadium at 1 p.m.