BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern football team scored its first touchdown on a pick-six in its first defensive series, but couldn't capitalize on the momentum and fell 50-16 to Rhodes College Saturday afternoon. BSC (1-7) moved to 1-5 in the Southern Athletic Association with the loss. Rhodes is now 4-3 on the year, 2-3 in SAA play.
Kerrigan Pennington (Wagerville, Ala./Washington County HS) spread the ball around in the air, completing 15-of-18 passes for 124 yards. Jamal Watkins (Hampton, Ga./Dodge City CC) accounted for 46 of those passing yards and Damian Mitchell (Maplesville, Ala./Maplesville HS) earned 41, respectively.
Samir Usman (Smyrna, Ga./McCallie School) led the ground game, earning a game-high 56 yards. Watkins, who finished with 165 all-purpose yards, had the Panthers lone rushing touchdown.
BSC was led defensively by Christian Burlock (Marietta, Ga./Walton HS). He picked up seven tackles, all solo.
Sidarius Gotell (Barnesville, Ga./Lamar County HS) opened scoring in the game. He picked off a pass from P.J. Settles and took it back seven yards for the touchdown. It was his second interception of the season and first career touchdown. Ryder Andrews (Homewood, Ala./Homewood HS) pushed the lead to seven after completing the PAT.
Rhodes responded with two touchdowns of their own to take the lead. Andrews would pull the Panthers within four at the half by hitting a 32-yard field goal with 44 seconds on the clock.
The Lynx came into the second half on fire, scoring three unanswered touchdowns. Watkins rushing touchdown with 9:13 remaining in the game closed scoring for BSC.
The Panthers are home again next Saturday, Oct. 29 as they host Centre College on their senior day. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.