BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern football team could not find an answer to Washington University's second half push, falling 36-21 Saturday afternoon in Krulak Stadium in front of 1,252 fans. The Panthers move to 1-3 overall and 1-1 in Southern Athletic Association play.
Kerrigan Pennington (Wagerville, Ala./Washington County HS) led the Panthers in rushing and passing yards with 72 on the ground and 165 in the air. Jamal Watkins (Hampton, Ga./Dodge City CC) led all receivers with 122 yards, averaging over 20 per catch.
Matt Franks (Athens, Ala./East Limestone HS) dominated on the other side of the ball. He finished with a game and career-high 12 tackles, 11 solo.
The Panthers scored on their first drive. Watkins took a pass from Pennington 45 yards to the house just over 4:30 minutes into the game. After the Bears responded on their next drive, BSC moved the chains back down field. Samir Usman (Smyrna, Ga./McCallie School) powered 10 yards for his second rushing touchdown of the season to put Birmingham-Southern up 14-7 with 2:59 left in the first quarter.
BSC would then score on its first drive of the second quarter. Pennington found Watkins again, this time for a 46-yard touchdown pass that gave BSC the 21-7 lead going into the break.
Washington came into the second half and scored put up 29 unanswered points to earn the win.
The Panthers hit the road next, traveling to Chicago for another conference showdown. Kickoff is set for noon.