BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern Panthers look for their first-ever victory over Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Millsaps College Saturday, Nov. 12, when the two schools meet in BSC's annual Homecoming Football Game. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. in Panther Stadium.
Birmingham-Southern will honor 13 senior players prior to kickoff on what also is Senior Day. With a victory Saturday, BSC would pick up its seventh win of a season, the most since reinstating football in 2007.
Birmingham-Southern snapped a two-game losing streak last Saturday with a 54-0 shutout of SCAC foe Rhodes College in Panther Stadium. The win moved the Panthers to 6-2 on the season, and 3-2 in league play.
Millsaps enters the contest with a 4-5 overall record and a 3-2 conference mark. The Majors lost on the road last Saturday, 44-3, to Division II opponent Tarleton State University.
BSC is 0-4 all-time vs. Millsaps, including last year's 28-17 loss in Panther Stadium.
"This is a big game for our football team," said BSC Head Coach Eddie Garfinkle. "Not only do we honor our seniors and play in front of our Alumni Reunion and Homecoming visitors, we have a chance to post our best record since we started building this program and to pick up a win over a team we've never beaten. Both of those would be big accomplishments for our young program, and I know our players are looking forward to the challenge."
The 54 points scored by the Panthers against Rhodes last weekend were the most in a game since the 1919 team rolled up 66 points against Hamilton Agricultural School. Junior tailback Shawn Morris from Pensacola, Fla., rush for 177 yards and two touchdowns in the game and was named the SCAC Offensive Player-of-the-Week for his efforts.
BSC continues to lead the league in total offense (421 yards per game), as well as rushing offense (286 yards per game). The Panthers 32 points per game ranks second in the SCAC. Morris, who leads the conference in rushing, surpassed the 1,000-yard mark last Saturday and now has 1,117 yards through eight games. His 14 rushing touchdowns leads the league in scoring as well.
Defensively, the Panthers continue to rank second in the conference in total defense, giving up just 291 yards per contest, including just 132 on the ground. One of the seniors to be honored prior to the Millsaps contest, Dustin Massey, was named to the D3football.com National Team of the Week following the win over Rhodes. Against the Lynx, the senior linebacker from Geraldine, Ala., recorded six tackles, an interception, and a pass break-up. On the season, he has 52 tackles, two sacks, nine tackles for a loss, and the one interception.
The Millsaps Majors enter the game averaging just 19.7 points per game, but boast the league's second most potent passing attack at 227 yards per game. Junior quarterback Garrett Pinciotti, who prepped at local Bessemer Academy, has passed for 1,319 yards and eight touchdowns on the season.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Majors are giving up 29 points and 335 yards per contest. The Millsaps defense is anchored by a pair of junior linebackers, Jeb White, the SCAC's second leading tackler with 81 total, and Marvis O'Sirio, who leads the league in tackles for a loss with 15.