DOVER, Del.—After jumping out to a 10-0 lead to start the game, No. 11 Birmingham-Southern suffered its first loss of the season, falling 26-17 to No. 6 Wesley College on the road in Dover, Del.
The Wolverines improve to 4-1, while the Panthers fall to 5-1. It was the first meeting between the two programs.
BSC scored the first touchdown of the game at the 6:35 mark of the first quarter when senior Aaron Sherrill made a one-handed catch from senior quarterback Jimmy Stainback on a 57-yard pass. Junior Ryan Laughlin's field goal was good to put the Panthers up 7-0. Laughlin connected on a 28-yard field goal later in the quarter to give BSC a 10-0 lead at the 1:56 mark.
The Wolverines got on the board at the 10:16 mark of the second quarter when Dan Tryon made a 39-yard field goal, and Wesley tied things up three minutes later after getting the ball back on an interception. Jeremiah Howe caught a 56-yard pass from Justin Sottilare, and Tryon's extra point was good to bring the score to 10-10 with 7:13 left in the half.
Wesley would score again before the end of the half, this time on a 12-yard pass from Sottilare to Steve Koudossou with 34 seconds remaining. The extra point was no good, however, and the Wolverines led 16-10 at halftime.
BSC received the ball to open the third quarter and scored on its first drive when junior Joseph Moultrie ran three yards into the endzone. Laughlin made the extra point to put the Panthers back ahead, 17-16, at the 6:21 mark.
Another Tryon field goal, this one 25 yards, put Wesley back ahead for good, 19-17, at the 10:39 mark of the fourth quarter. Stainback was intercepted again on the ensuing drive, and the Wolverines capitalized by burning six minutes off the clock and scoring another touchdown, a two-yard rush by Askia Jahad with 3:13 left in the game. Tryon's kick put the Wolverines up 26-19.
Yet another interception on the Panthers' drive - the third of the game - gave Wesley the ball back with 1:29 left. The Wolverines used up the remaining time and came away with the nine-point victory.
Stainback was 12-23 with 154 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. Senior tailback Shawn Morris - returning to action after missing last week's game with an ankle injury - led the rushing effort with 77 yards on 16 carries, and Sherrill led the receivers with 84 yards on three catches.
For Wesley, Sottilare was 26-38 with 346 yards and two touchdowns. Jahad led with 103 rushing yards and one touchdown on 18 carries, and Howe led with 103 receiving yards on four catches. Sosthene Kapepula and Jared Morris led the Wesley defense with seven tackles apiece, including two tackles-for-loss each. Morris also had one of Wesley's three interceptions as well as a pass break-up.
Wesley led in first downs, 29-13, passing yards, 346-154, rushing yards, 110-107, and time of possession, 36:50 to 23:10.
BSC returns home next weekend, facing Trinity University on Saturday, Oct. 13, at noon in Panther Stadium.