BSC Football travels to Texas to battle perennial conference power No. 14 Trinity University
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern Panthers travel to San Antonio, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 29, to face the 14th-ranked and undefeated Trinity University Tigers in a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference football game. Kickoff is set for Noon in Trinity Football Stadium.
Birmingham-Southern is coming off a bye week following its first loss of the season Oct. 15 at home, 45-20, to Centre College. BSC is 5-1 on the season overall, and 2-1 in league play.
Under the direction of Head Coach Steve Mohr, in his 22nd season at Trinity, the Tigers have won 14 SCAC Championships and made 11 appearances in the NCAA Division III playoffs. Trinity finished national runner-up in 2002. This year's Trinity squad is 7-0 overall, 3-0 in the SCAC, and ranked 14th in the AFCA Coaches poll.
Birmingham-Southern has never beaten Trinity, including last year's 38-28 loss in Panther Stadium. The Panthers are 0-4 all-time against the Tigers.
The two teams have three common opponents to date this season. BSC and Trinity are both 3-0 against Sewanee, LaGrange, and Huntingdon.
The long trip to San Antonio marks Birmingham-Southern's fifth road game of the season in seven contests. It will be only the second game for the Panthers since Oct. 1.
"We are looking forward to finally playing a football game," said BSC Head Coach Eddie Garfinkle. "Playing one game in four weeks has been different for our players and our coaches. We knew going into the season that we had never beaten three of the final four teams on our schedule. Going to San Antonio and winning a football game will be quite a challenge, but also a great opportunity."
Birmingham-Southern's offense continues to rank near the top of the SCAC, including No. 2 in scoring offense at 31 points per game and No. 1 in total offense with 434 yards per contest. Junior tailback Shawn Morris of Pensacola leads the league in rushing at 134 yards a game and in scoring with 12 rushing touchdowns.
The BSC defense is ranked third in the SCAC in total defense, and is second against the run allowing only 137 yards a game on the ground. Senior defensive end Bryan Jackson of Houston, Texas, is among the league leaders in tackles, tackles for a loss, and sacks.
The Trinity Tigers enter the game with the league's best defensive unit, holding opponents to just eight points, 99 rushing yards, and 236 total yards per contest, all three tops in the SCAC.
The Tigers' linebacker corps of senior Ben Robinson, junior Nick Darling, and junior Tom Puskarich are each in the top 13 in the SCAC in tackles. A fourth linebacker, junior Phillip Hiner-Leamon, is among the league leaders in sacks and tackles for a loss.
Offensively, Trinity is led by junior quarterback Nyk McKissic, who has thrown for nearly 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns through seven games.
Fans of the Panthers can follow the contest with Trinity University on live stats at www.trinity.edu/departments/athletics/Football/livestats/xlive.htm and on live streaming video at http://atwsportscast.com/.
Birmingham-Southern will return home for its last two games of the season, hosting Rhodes College on Nov. 5 and Millsaps College for Homecoming/Reunion Weekend and Senior Day on Nov. 12. Both games kickoff at 1 p.m. in Panther Stadium.