Fourth Quarter Rally Downs Panthers 38-34 on Road

Fourth Quarter Rally Downs Panthers 38-34 on Road

CHICAGO, Ill. – Two late touchdowns upended the Birmingham-Southern College football team Saturday as the Panthers fell 38-34 to the University of Chicago on the road.  BSC (1-4, 1-2) led for most of the contest before the late rally.


Jamal Watkins (Hampton, Ga./Dodge City CC) earned a game-high 115 receiving yards on eight catches with two touchdowns.  His game-long 56-yard catch from Kerrigan Pennington (Wagerville, Ala./Washington County HS) was the Panthers second touchdown of the game, putting BSC up 17-7 in the second quarter.


Chicago would score two touchdowns before the end of the first half, taking the 21-17 lead with seven seconds on the clock.


Daniel Lopera (Kennesaw, Ga./Mount Paran Christian School) grabbed a 34-yard pass from Pennington to open scoring in the second half and give the Panthers the lead back, 24-21.  After Chicago tied the game on a field goal, the Panthers went ahead again on an eight-yard touchdown pass from Pennington to Watkins. 


Ryder Andrews (Homewood, Ala./Homewood HS) hit a 39-yard field goal with 6:27 remaining in the game to put BSC up 34-24.  Andrews would finish with 10 points.


But Chicago responded with a touchdown near the four-minute mark and the eventual game winner with 1:04 left to play.


Ivan Villageois (Montgomery, Ala./Saint James HS) led the Panthers defense with seven total tackles, six solo.


Birmingham-Southern returns home for their next matchup.  They take on Hendrix College at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8 in Krulak Stadium.