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Rhodes holds on to defeat BSC, 21-18

Samir Usman (photo courtesy of Rhodes Athletics)
Samir Usman (photo courtesy of Rhodes Athletics)

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—After the game-tying field goal was blocked with four minutes remaining, Rhodes held on to defeat Birmingham-Southern, 21-18, Saturday afternoon on Crain Field in Memphis, Tenn.

The Panthers fell to 4-4 overall and 2-4 in the Southern Athletic Association; the Lynx moved to 4-3 overall and 2-3 in the SAA.

BSC got on the board first with a 26-yard field goal from freshman Richie Misischia, but Rhodes scored two touchdowns after that to lead 14-3 at the half.

Junior Samir Usman scored on a one-yard run mid-way through the third quarter to cut it to 14-10, but the Lynx added one more touchdown two minutes later to pull ahead 21-10.

BSC cut it to 21-18 at the 10:16 mark of the fourth quarter, scoring on a 12-yard pass from junior Austin Martin to sophomore Jamal Watkins, and adding two points on the conversion with a pass to senior Daniel Lopera.

Trailing by three, the Panthers had a chance to tie things up with 4:06 left in the game when Misischia tried a 36-yard field goal, which was blocked by the Lynx. BSC got the ball back once more, with that drive ending in an interception.

BSC dominated Rhodes in almost every offensive category, recording 23 first downs to the Lynx's 11, racking up 374 yards of total offense to Rhodes' 178, and possessing the ball for over 38 minutes.

Martin was 22-35 for 223 yards and one touchdown, with two interceptions. Usman led on the ground with 97 yards rushing on 24 carries, and sophomore Jonathan Scaringe led the receivers with 67 yards on six catches.

Senior Alex King, junior Matthew Gibbs, and sophomore Trevor Dedecker led the defense with five tackles apiece. King also recovered a fumble and had a quarterback hurry.

The Panthers are on the road again next Saturday, Oct. 31, traveling to Danville, Ky., to face Centre College.