Birmingham-Southern held off LaGrange's furious fourth quarter rally for a 34-28 win at Krulak Stadium in the 2018 season opener for both teams. The loss spoiled Earl Chambers' head coaching debut.
Birmingham-Southern built a 20-0 lead, scoring on their first four possessions. The Panthers had 102 yards in the first half, 84 coming on their final drive . Quarterback Kelly Hall scored from the 1 to finish the 12-play drive to make it 20-7 at the break.
BSC tacked on two more scores in the third quarter to take a commanding 34-7 lead into the fourth quarter.
Hall connected on a 10-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Campbell on the fourth play of the quarter to cap a 6-play 82 yard drive to make it 34-14. Tyler Benjamin covered half the distance with a 41-yard catch.
The Panthers came right back with another quick scoring drive to draw within 13, 34-21 . Hall found Benjamin from 11 yards out to finish an 8 play, 80-yard drive.
Birmingham-Southern recovered the ensuing onside kick but Lamech Wilder pounced on a fumble on the next play to get the ball back at midfield for LC with 2:52 left.
Campbell made a diving one-handed catch for a 33-yard gain down to the BSC 6 yard line. Drew Lewiski scored standing up on the next play and suddenly it was a six-point game, 34-28, with 2:02 left.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Panthers recovered the onside kick but an offsides penalty wiped out the play. Chambers gambled with a short kickoff in the hopes of getting the ball back but BSC was able to run out the clock.
Hall finished the game 16-for-20 for 201 yards and the two touchdowns. Benjamin had 93 yards on three catches. Campbell had a team-high seven receptions for 69 yards.