Panthers fall to Sewanee in home finale, 31-19

Shawn Morris
Shawn Morris

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern played its final home game of the season for Homecoming 2012 on Saturday, falling to Sewanee 31-19 in Panther Stadium.

BSC falls to 5-3 and 1-1 in the Southern Athletic Association with its third-straight loss, while the Tigers move to 3-5 overall and 1-2 in the SAA. Today marked Sewanee's first-ever win against the Panthers in the BSC modern football era (the two teams faced off back in 1922, with Sewanee winning 21-0).

The Panthers got on the board first in the game on a short one-yard run by senior tailback Shawn Morris. BSC tried and failed a two-point conversion and led 6-0 at the 6:03 mark of the first quarter. Sewanee found the end zone less than four minutes later on a 27-yard pass from Curtis Johnson to Jase Brooks. The extra point was good, giving the Tigers a 7-6 lead with 2:32 left in the quarter.

Sergio Acosta made a 17-yard run at the 8:24 mark of the second quarter to extend Sewanee's lead to 14-6, but BSC answered three minutes later with a 27-yard rush by junior Joseph Moultrie. The Panthers again failed the two-point conversion, and Sewanee maintained a 14-12 lead.

The Tigers scored once more before halftime on an eight-yard pass from Johnson to Stephen Jackson, and Sewanee led 21-12 at the half.

Sewanee scored again at the 8:11 mark of the third quarter on a one-yard run by Johnson, putting the Tigers up 28-12, and once more at the 14:12 mark of the fourth quarter on a 32-yard field goal by Trey Knight to take a 31-12 lead.

BSC was able to score the last touchdown of the game when senior linebacker Andrew Armour picked up a fumble and returned it 65 yards to the end zone. Junior Ryan Laughlin's extra point was good, cutting it to 31-19. On its last drive of the game, the Panthers had another chance, driving 79 yards to the Sewanee five-yard line, but were unable to finish and turned the ball over on downs with 1:28 left in the game.

Morris led the rushing effort with 104 yards on 19 carries, while Moultrie had 33 yards on six carries. Senior quarterback Jimmy Stainback was 10-25 for 149 yards with one interception and four sacks. Sophomore Michael Cowan led the receivers with 38 yards on two catches.

For Sewanee, Johnson was 4-5 for 101 yards, and Barrett Goodson led with 81 rushing yards on eight carries. Charlie Powell led with 72 receiving yards on two catches.

Senior safety Andrew Shannon led the BSC defense with 10 tackles, six of those solo. Senior Zack Lambert recorded a sack, and senior Cole Rudder had a pass break-up.

BSC's 20 seniors were honored today in a pregame ceremony.

The Panthers are off this week before finishing out the regular season on the road, traveling to face Centre, Nov. 3 in Danville, Ky., and Millsaps, Nov. 10, in Jackson, Miss.