BSC set to open SAA play Saturday at home

photo by Jimmy Mitchell
photo by Jimmy Mitchell

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Coming off two straight one-point victories, the Birmingham-Southern football team opens Southern Athletic Association play at home this Saturday, hosting Sewanee at 1 p.m. on Battle Field at Panther Stadium.

BSC is 2-0 on the season, defeating LaGrange on the road in the opener, 29-28, and then Huntingdon at home last weekend, 35-34. The Panthers are 6-2 against Sewanee in the modern era of BSC football, since the program was reinstated in 2007. Last season, the Panthers won 20-9 in Birmingham.

Sophomore wide receiver Jamal Watkins had a breakout game last week against Huntingdon, scoring three touchdowns, including two 90-plus kickoff returns. The teams combined for 20 points in the final minute of the game, with BSC coming out on top by one to take this year's Wesley Cup.

Watkins leads the Panthers with 352 all-purpose yards and 18 points. Junior tailback Samir Usman leads the rushers with 212 yards and two touchdowns, and Watkins leads the receivers with 90 yards and one touchdown. Junior quarterback Austin Martin leads with 165 yards and one touchdown pass. Senior Alex King leads the BSC defense with 17 tackles (11 solo).

Sewanee is 1-1 heading into Saturday's game. The Tigers won their season opener at home, defeating Kenyon College 31-21, then lost last weekend on the road at Washington and Lee, 28-10.

Saturday's game will feature a live game tracker as well as live streaming video, with play-by-play by Landrum Roberts, available at