October 15, 2011

Centre downs Birmingham Southern 45-20 in matchup of unbeatens

More news about: Centre

The Centre College football team shut out No. 24 Birmingham Southern College in the second half to pull away for a 45-20 victory in a matchup of undefeated Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference teams Saturday in Birmingham, Ala.

With the win, Centre moves to 5-0 on the season with a 2-0 record in the SCAC. After dropping Birmingham Southern to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference, Centre and Trinity are the only remaining SCAC unbeaten teams.

The game had the makings of a shootout early on when the teams combined to score touchdowns on six of the first seven possessions. However, after the Panthers took their only lead at 20-14 with 8:57 to go in the second quarter, Centre shut them out the rest of the way and rolled off 31 unanswered points to win comfortably.

It was the Colonels who got on the board first, going 69 yards on 11 plays on the opening series with senior running back Jonathan Pinque (Athens, Ala.) plunging in from three yards out for the touchdown. Birmingham Southern came right back on its first possession, marching 75 yards in 11 plays with Shawn Morris, the SCAC's leading rusher, scoring on a three yard run of his own.

Centre was able to respond and go back up 14-7 on the next series when Pinque scored his second touchdown of the day on a 21 yard pass from senior quarterback Tyler Osterman (Monroe, Ohio). Again the Panthers answered, this time with quarterback Jimmy Stainback scoring on a 10 yard run, though Centre was able to hold onto a 14-13 lead after a missed extra point.

Birmingham Southern then took its only lead of the day, turning the short field from an interception into a 4-play, 34 yard drive and a two yard touchdown run by Morris.

Though Birmingham Southern led 20-14, it was the last score the Panthers would manage as Centre took control of the game. The Colonels took back the lead at 21-20 when junior running back Monte Scotton (Cleveland, Tenn.) scored from 39 yards out on the next series. After the defense forced a three-and-out, the Colonels went 80 yards in nine plays, capped by Tyler Osterman hooking up with Jason Osterman (Monroe, Ohio) on a three yard touchdown pass with 15 seconds before the half for a 28-20 lead.

After a scoreless third quarter, the Colonels would only add to the lead as they put the game away. Junior kicker Jordan Gay (Danville, Ky.) booted a 33-yard field goal to extend the lead to two possessions at 31-20 early in the fourth. After forcing a Panthers punt, Centre was able to bleed 7:59 off the clock on a 12-play, 80 yard drive before Scotton plunged in from a yard out to make the score 38-20 with 3:05 to go.

On the next play from scrimmage, senior linebacker Jared Ferguson (Monroe, Ohio) put the game away by picking off a Stainback pass in the flat and going 21 yards for the touchdown.

For the game, Centre rolled up 455 yards of total offense while holding the SCAC's leading offense to 304 yards. Tyler Osterman was 18-of-26 through the air for two touchdowns while Jason Osterman was the leading receiver with six catches for 69 yards and a score.

The Colonels' dual-threat backfield of Pinque and Scotton combined for 263 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns. Scotton had 14 carries for 97 yards and two touchdowns while catching three balls for 37 yards. Pinque picked up 56 yards and a touchdown on the ground while catching three balls for 73 yards and another score.

In addition to the interception and touchdown, Ferguson made eight tackles, tying him for the team lead with junior linebacker Michael Bozarth (Mount Washington, Ky.).

Next week, the Colonels return to Danville for a homecoming matchup with Sewanee (3-4, 0-3 SCAC) on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Farris Stadium.

comments powered by Disqus
Nov. 22: All times Eastern
Final - OT
MIT 27, at Husson 20
Box Score Recap
Final
at Mount Union 63, Adrian 3
Box Score Photos
Final
at Wesley 52, Hampden-Sydney 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at John Carroll 63, Centre 28
Box Score Recap
Final
at Wabash 33, Franklin 14
Box Score Recap
Final
Christopher Newport 29, at Delaware Valley 26
Box Score Recap
Final
at Hobart 22, Ithaca 15
Box Score Recap
Final
Washington and Jefferson 41, at Wittenberg 25
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Widener 36, Muhlenberg 35
Box Score Recap
Final
at Johns Hopkins 24, Rowan 16
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Wartburg 37, St. Thomas 31
Box Score Recap
Final
at Wheaton (Ill.) 43, Benedictine 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at UW-Whitewater 55, Macalester 2
Box Score Photos
Final
at St. John's 35, St. Scholastica 7
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Linfield 55, Chapman 24
Box Score Recap Photos
Nov. 23: All times Eastern
Final
at Mary Hardin-Baylor 27, Texas Lutheran 20
Box Score Recap Recap Photos
Nov. 29: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
MIT at Wesley
Audio
12:00 PM
Johns Hopkins at Hobart
Video Audio
12:00 PM
Washington and Jefferson at Mount Union
Preview Live Stats Audio Tickets
12:00 PM
Christopher Newport at Widener
1:00 PM
Linfield at Mary Hardin-Baylor
1:00 PM
John Carroll at Wheaton (Ill.)
1:00 PM
Wabash at UW-Whitewater
1:00 PM
St. John's at Wartburg
Live Stats Video
Nov. 22: All times Eastern
Final
Salve Regina 48, at Norwich 21
Box Score
Final
at Wabash 33, Franklin 14
Box Score Recap
Final
Washington and Jefferson 41, at Wittenberg 25
Box Score Recap Photos
Final - OT
MIT 27, at Husson 20
Box Score Recap
Final
at Mount Union 63, Adrian 3
Box Score Photos
Final
at Wesley 52, Hampden-Sydney 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at John Carroll 63, Centre 28
Box Score Recap
Final
Christopher Newport 29, at Delaware Valley 26
Box Score Recap
Final
at Widener 36, Muhlenberg 35
Box Score Recap
Final
at Johns Hopkins 24, Rowan 16
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Hobart 22, Ithaca 15
Box Score Recap
Final - OT
at Framingham State 42, RPI 36
Box Score
Final
at Salisbury 48, Albright 27
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at St. John Fisher 28, Western Connecticut 14
Box Score
Final
at Morrisville State 52, Utica 41
Box Score Recap
Final
Buffalo State 59, at Waynesburg 36
Box Score Recap
Final
at Wheaton (Ill.) 43, Benedictine 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Wartburg 37, St. Thomas 31
Box Score Recap
Final
at St. John's 35, St. Scholastica 7
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at UW-Whitewater 55, Macalester 2
Box Score Photos
Final
at Stevenson 29, Bethany 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at Linfield 55, Chapman 24
Box Score Recap Photos
Nov. 23: All times Eastern
Final
at Mary Hardin-Baylor 27, Texas Lutheran 20
Box Score Recap Recap Photos