Millsaps uses fourth-quarter surge to defeat Panthers, 28-14

Evan Kasian (photo by Cari Dean)
Evan Kasian (photo by Cari Dean)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—After tying it up 14-14 in the third quarter, Birmingham-Southern gave up 14 points to Millsaps in the fourth to lose 28-14 Saturday afternoon on Battle Field at Panther Stadium.

BSC falls to 3-3 overall with its third straight loss, and 1-2 in the Southern Athletic Association, while the Majors remain undefeated at 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the SAA.

Millsaps running back Mike Barthelemy was the Majors' workhorse today, racking up 264 rushing yards and all four of his team's touchdowns on 29 carries. He scored his first touchdown of the game at the 10:43 mark of the first quarter and then found the end zone again at the 5:25 mark of the second quarter. Two good extra points by Beau Brady gave Millsaps a 14-0 lead, which they held until the 1:55 mark when BSC got on the board on a one-yard run by junior Marquis Pratt. Senior Ryan Laughlin's kick was good to cut it to 14-7 heading into halftime.

The Panthers tied it up at the 10:01 mark of the third quarter when senior Matt Hansard caught an eight-yard pass from senior quarterback Tyson Beacham, and the tie stood until the 9:47 mark of the fourth quarter. Barthelemy scored again, his third of the game, on a four-yard run, and he would cross into BSC's end zone yet again with 2:45 left in the game to put the Majors up 28-14 for the win.

Beacham was 14-29 with 169 yards passing, and freshman Evan Kasian led on the ground with 100 yards on 21 carries. Junior Michael Cowan led the receivers with 108 yards on six catches. Junior Nick Oney led the defense with 10 tackles, seven solo, including two tackles-for-loss and one interception. Junior Austin Hansard also had an interception, and junior Connor Shannon had a sack.

Millsaps quarterback Zak Thrasher was 13-22 with 87 yards and two interceptions. Barthelemy led the rushers with his 264-yard, four-touchdown performance, and Trevor King led the receivers with 24 yards on three catches. Alex Jackson led the Majors' defense with 11 tackles, four of those unassisted.

The Panthers struggled to hold onto the ball today, turning it over four times on fumbles, but still managed to get 19 first downs to Millsaps' 16. The Majors led with 384 total yards, though, to BSC's 334.

BSC is on the road next week, traveling to face first-year SAA program Berry College at The Darlington School in Rome, Ga., Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. Eastern.