Football falls to No. 19 Centre in season finale, 45-15

2014 Football Seniors
2014 Football Seniors

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern football team closed out the 2014 season on Saturday with a home loss to conference rival No. 19 Centre, 45-15, on Battle Field at Panther Stadium.

BSC finishes the season at 3-7 overall with a 3-3 record in the Southern Athletic Association. The record breaks a streak of four consecutive seasons with a winning record, a best for the Panther program since its reinstatement in 2007. With the win, Centre completes a perfect 10-0 regular season and secured a conference championship with a 6-0 record in the SAA.

Down 14-0 less than a minute into the second quarter, BSC responded with a nine-play, 73-yard touchdown drive, capped off by a 27-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Austin Martin to senior wide receiver Michael Cowan. Centre responded with 31 unanswered points over the next two-plus quarters to put the game out of reach.

The Panthers posted their second score of the day with just under 11 minutes to play in the game. Martin's second touchdown pass of the game found junior wide receiver Teddré Williams from 20 yards out, and the Panthers completed the two-point conversion to bring the game to the final of 45-15.

BSC's offense was led by a balanced rushing attack that featured three rushers with 75 yards or more. Sophomore tailback Samir Usman and senior tailback Acoryé White, and quarterback Martin had 86, 77, and 75 yards respectively. Through the air Martin was 7-19 for 116 yards. Cowan led the receiving corps with 99 yards on the afternoon.

The Centre offensive effort was led by quarterback Heath Haden who was 15-21 with 172 yards and a touchdown. On the ground Amoh Kumengisa tallied 115 yards on eight carries, while Max Mazza caught seven balls for 161 yards.

On defense, BSC junior defensive back A.J. Ford led the Panthers with seven tackles and senior defensive lineman Hunter Mims notched two sacks. For Centre, Andrew Busby had 10 tackles and Selwyn Mallah grabbed an interception for the Colonels.

Centre recorded 476 yards of total offense as compared to BSC's 406, and also had more first downs (19-16).

Prior to today's game, BSC's 25 seniors, its largest senior class since the program was reinstated in 2007, were honored in pregame festivities.