Birmingham-Southern College turned four Colorado College fumbles into 17 points, which allowed the Panthers to overcome a 17-7 deficit and pull away in the second half for a 31-17 victory on Saturday at CC’s Washburn Field.
BSC improved to 2-6 overall, while CC dropped to 0-7. The game does not count in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Standings.
Trailing by 10 points with just over two minutes remaining in the first half, the Tigers fumbled a Kyle Sebestyen punt and gave the Panthers the ball on the 13-yard line. Two plays later, Walter Arrington scored the first of his three touchdowns on a six-yard run to cut the deficit to four points and seize the momentum going into halftime.
On CC’s first possession of the second half, defensive end Bryan Jackson recovered a Jon McDonald fumble, and four plays later Arrington’s three-yard touchdown run put BSC ahead for good at 21-17.
After forcing the Tigers to punt, David Langston broke loose for an 80-yard touchdown run on the first play to give the Panthers a 28-17 lead with 2:53 remaining in the third quarter. Langston had 142 rushing yards on the day.
Birmingham-Southern turned the last of CC’s eight fumbles into a field goal with 14:55 to play. Zac Napier knocked the ball from Luke Northam, and Orin Olds caught it in mid-air and rumbled 27 yards to the Colorado College five-yard line.
The opening 28 minutes was another story.
The Tigers took a 3-0 lead on a 26-yard field goal by Tyler Brickell, but the Panthers took a 7-3 lead 2:26 later on Arrington’s 22-yard scamper. Arrington finished with 113 yards.
McDonald connected with Andrew Conarroe for a 32-yard scoring strike early in the second quarter, and then CC extended its lead to 17-7 when Northam scored from 13 yards out on a swing pass from McDonald.
Kelley led the Panther defense with seven solo and 11 total tackles. Olds finished with 10 total tackles, one for negative yards, and forced and recovered a fumble.
Brendan Ross led Colorado College with six solo and 12 total tackles. Ian Rivero had eight tackles, four of which were for lost yards, and two sacks.
The Tigers will travel to Millsaps College next Saturday, while Birmingham Southern entertains Sewanee.