Football falls to Rhodes, 20-10

Daniel Lopera (photo by Cari Dean)
Daniel Lopera (photo by Cari Dean)

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—The Birmingham-Southern football team lost on the road Saturday, falling to Rhodes College 20-10 in Memphis, Tenn.

The Panthers fell to 3-6 overall and 3-2 in the Southern Athletic Association; the Lynx move to 6-2 overall and 3-1 in the SAA.

BSC takes its bye week and then returns home for the season finale, Nov. 15, hosting Centre at 1 p.m. on Battle Field at Panther Stadium.

The Panthers got the first points of today's game on a 27-yard field goal from junior Hagen Mancuso at the 10:57 mark of the first quarter. Rhodes responded with 3:18 remaining in the first with a touchdown, and then scored early in the second quarter to pull up 14-3.

The Lynx scored again late in the third quarter, missing the extra point to go up 20-3. BSC wrapped up the game's scoring with 2:02 left in the game on a 10-yard pass from freshman Mickey Courtney to junior Daniel Lopera. Mancuso's extra point was on target, cutting the Rhodes lead to 10. The Panthers had another chance to score after that, driving to the Lynx end zone where Courtney's pass was intercepted with 28 seconds remaining, ending BSC's chance at more points.

Courtney was 22-41 for 260 yards. Senior wide receiver Michael Cowan led with 123 yards on nine catches, and senior tailback Joe Moultrie led on the ground with 36 yards on 16 carries.

The Panthers held a significant advantage in total yardage, 353-219, but Rhodes led in rushing yards, 120-93, holding BSC to its lowest rushing total of the season.

Senior Austin Hansard led the BSC defense with seven tackles (5 unassisted).