BSC suffers first loss, falls to WashU 41-13

Mickey Courtney (photo by James Byard/WUSTL Photos)
Mickey Courtney (photo by James Byard/WUSTL Photos)

ST. LOUIS, Mo.—Suffering its first loss of the season, the Birmingham-Southern football team lost on the road to Washington University in St. Louis, 41-13, Saturday afternoon at Francis Field.

BSC fell to 3-1, while the Bears moved to 2-1. It was the Southern Athletic Association opener for WashU, and BSC fell to 1-1 in the SAA. It was also the first meeting between the two programs.

WashU scored on its first three possessions, pulling ahead 21-0 in the first quarter. The Panthers got on the board at the 8:22 mark of the second quarter on a 10-yard run by junior tailback Samir Usman for his fourth touchdown of the year, cutting it to 21-7. The Bears scored again before the half, though, extending the lead to 28-7.

The Bears opened the third quarter with another touchdown to pull ahead 34-7. BSC got its final score midway through the fourth quarter on a two-yard rush by freshman Everett Lanier, cutting the lead to 34-13. WashU would score once more with 4:30 left on the clock for a final score of 41-13.

Sophomore quarterback Mickey Courtney led the BSC offense with 146 yards on 11-25 passing. Usman recorded 63 yards on the ground on 19 carries, and sophomore wide receiver Damian Mitchell led the receivers with 59 yards on four catches.

Although WashU had possession of the ball for 22:28, significantly less than BSC with 37:32, the Bears were much more productive, racking up 576 yards of total offense to the Panthers' 344. WashU also recorded 29 first downs to BSC's 21.

Junior Christian Burlock led the Panther defense with nine tackles (two solo), while freshman Matthew Byers and junior Matt Franks each grabbed an interception.

BSC returns home next weekend to host University of Chicago, another new member of the SAA, Saturday, Oct. 3, at 1 p.m. on Battle Field at Panther Stadium.