Quay Holmes ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns, and East Tennessee State beat 10th-ranked VMI 24-20 on Saturday in a key Southern Conference matchup.
VMI (5-1, 5-1), which would have clinched the SoCon title with a win against the Buccaneers, has a home game against The Citadel on April 17 remaining. East Tennessee State (4-1, 4-1) plays at Mercer next week and ends its regular season hosting Chattanooga.
The Keydets drove to the ETSU 35 on their final possession, but Tyree Robinson forced a fumble from receiver Jakob Herres with 3:50 to play.
Holmes ran 29 times and scored from the 1 in the first quarter, and his 4-yard TD run capped the scoring with 12:36 remaining. Brock Landis completed 11 of 27 passes for 147 yards, including a 9-yard touchdown pass to Will Huzzie for East Tennessee State. Huzzie finished with five catches for 83 yards receiving.
Seth Morgan was 36-of-46 passing for 315 yards, and he added 42 yards on the ground on 12 carries for VMI . Morgan had a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and Grant Swinehart added a 3-yard TD run late in the third. Herres had eight receptions for 101 yards.
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