DANVILLE, Ky.—Birmingham-Southern turned the ball over five times on Saturday en route to a 53-19 loss to Centre on the road to wrap up the 2013 season.
The Panthers end the year at 5-4 overall and 3-3 in the Southern Athletic Association. The Colonels move to 7-3 overall and 4-2 in the SAA.
Centre scored early and often, finding the end zone twice in the first four minutes of the game before BSC got on the board at the 2:13 mark on a 32-yard pass from senior Tyson Beacham to junior Sam Vermilyea. The Colonels got a safety at the end of the first quarter after a Beacham sack by Paul Megilligan, and then score twice to open the second quarter to pull ahead 30-7.
The Panthers scored again with 16 seconds left in the half on a short pass from Beacham to junior Marquis Pratt. BSC missed the extra point and trailed 30-13 at halftime.
The Colonels opened the third quarter with back-to-back touchdowns, including a 50-yard interception return, to take a 43-13 lead. The Panthers scored their final points of the game with 43 seconds left in the third on a 37-yard pass from Beacham to senior Tyler Johnson. The two-point conversion was no good bringing the score to 43-19 in favor of Centre.
Centre kicked a field goal as the clock wound down at the end of the quarter, and then scored one final touchdown in the fourth to go up 53-19 for the conference victory.
Beacham was 18-32 with 237 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. The Panthers also had three fumbles which were recovered by Centre for a total of five turnovers.
The Panthers had 355 yards of total offense, with 237 passing yards and 118 yards on the ground. Centre recorded 244 yards passing and 245 yards rushing for a total of 489 yards.