BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern College football team could not overcome a slow start at home against Trinity University Saturday afternoon. The BSC defense held Trinity scoreless for over 20 minutes at the end of the game, but the offense was unable to make up the gap as they fell 26-20 in Krulak Stadium.
Trevor Oakes (Somerville, Ala./Hartselle HS) finished with a career and game-high 230 passing yards and two touchdowns. Jamal Watkins (Hampton, Ga./Dodge City CC) was the primary target, but Oakes spread the ball between six receivers. Watkins picked up 68 yards and a touchdown on seven catches to lead the pack.
On the defensive side, Ivan Villageois (Montgomery, Ala/Saint James School) and Sy Butler (Childersburg, Ala./Childersburg HS) had a team-high seven tackles, all solo. Two of Butler's tackles were for a total loss of seven yards, including a sack.
The Panthers scored all 20 points in the fourth quarter. Oakes found Buddy Dowd (Dothan, Ala./Northview HS) on a third-and-six bomb for 56 yards to open scoring for BSC. After the defense made two stops, Kerrigan Pennington (Wagerville, Ala./Washington County HS) punched the ball across the one to bring the score to 26-13 with just under four minutes to play.
Ryder Andrews (Homewood, Ala./Homewood HS) successfully completed the on-side kick by connecting with Tony Scott (Knoxville, Tenn./Knoxville Catholic HS) on the Panthers 44 yard line. BSC then drove down the field and Oakes found Watkins for a 24-yard touchdown pass to bring the score to 26-20 after Andrews' extra point was good.
The Panthers tried another on-side kick, but it was recovered by Trinity with 47 seconds left to end the game.
BSC (1-3, 0-2 SAA) hits the road next. The Panthers take on Hendrix at 1 p.m. before returning home on Saturday, Oct. 14 against Sewanee. It will be homecoming weekend for the Panthers as the 2017 BSC Hall of Fame class will be honored as well as the homecoming court.