CONWAY, Ark.—The Birmingham-Southern football team fell to 0-4 with a 48-31 loss to Hendrix College, Saturday afternoon in Conway, Ark.
It was the Southern Athletic Association opener for both teams; Hendrix moves to 3-0 on the season.
The teams traded touchdowns through the first and second quarters, and then each team hit a field goal before halftime, giving the Warriors a 24-17 lead. BSC's scores came courtesy of a three-yard run by senior Joe Moultrie and a four-yard reception by senior Michael Cowan from freshman quarterback Mickey Courtney. Junior Hagen Mancuso hit the 28-yard field goal with 2:31 left in the second quarter.
Hendrix came out and scored two quick touchdowns in the third quarter, the second the result of a successful on-side kick after the first touchdown, putting the Warriors up 38-17 by the 10:02 mark. Moultrie made a two-yard dash into the end zone five minutes later to cut it to 38-23 before the end of the third.
Hendrix responded in the fourth with another touchdown to pull up 45-23, and a two-yard run by junior newcomer Acorye' White scored the Panthers' final points of the day with 11:07 left in the game. The Warriors added a field goal with about three minutes remaining for a final of 48-31.
Courtney was 17-26 for 203 yards, while Hendrix sophomore quarterback Seth Peters was 36-44 for 451 yards. Moultrie had 130 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries, while Cowan had 48 yards and one score on five catches.
Senior Ty Keenum led the BSC defense with 12 tackles (6 solo), and sophomore Sidarius Gotell had two tackles-for-loss. Seniors Hunter Mims, Connor Shannon, and Dre Buford also combined for two sacks against the Warriors.
The Panthers return home next weekend for Homecoming 2014, hosting Sewanee at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, on Battle Field at Panther Stadium.