Keydets Claim Fourth Win

Keydets Claim Fourth Win

ABOVE, VMI senior kicker Grant Clemons, who booted a career-best 56-yard field goal to send the game into overtime, gets his foot on the ball while teammate Reed King holds it in place and a Samford player tries to block the kick. Clemons also made a 33-yard field goal and converted all six of his extra point kicks. AT

Keydets Claim Fourth Win

LEFT, Keydet redshirt junior running back Alex Ramsey leaves the Samford defense trailing, on his way to 163 yards and a single-game school record six touchdowns on a career-high 37 carries. Ramsey scored the game-winning TD on a 25-yard run in overtime. (Chuck Steenburgh photos)

Coming off a huge win at The Citadel, the Virginia Military Institute football team kept the momentum going with a benchmark 48-41 overtime victory over the visiting Samford Bulldogs Saturday afternoon at Foster Stadium.

The win was the fourth of the season for VMI (4-3 overall, 3-1 Southern Conference), marking the most wins in a season since the 2008 squad went 4-7. It was also VMI’s first-ever win over the Bulldogs (3-4, 2-2) to improve to 1-6 in the all-time series.

It was another career day for redshirt junior running back Alex Ramsey, who gained 163 yards on the ground on a new career-high 37 carries and a six touchdowns. The Salem native earned school records in single-game points scored

(36), most touchdowns scored (six), most touchdowns responsible for (six) and most rushing touchdowns (six).

In overtime, the Keydets were given the ball first and quickly scored on a 25-yard run around the left edge by Ramsey to put VMI up 48-41 in what proved to be the game-winning score. The Keydets’ defense then came through with a big stop.

VMI sent the game into overtime when senior kicker Grant Clemons made a career-best 56-yard field goal as the clock expired. The previous career-best mark for the Daleville native was 46 yards in the 34-21 win at The Citadel on Oct. 5.

Keydet junior quarterback Reece Udinski also had a big day contributing to his career totals by going 37-of-46 through the air for 390 yards. Udinski has now thrown 298 passes without an interception.

VMI will continue Southern Conference action on Saturday at Mercer at 3 p.m.

For more details on last Saturday’s game and for updates on the Keydets, visit www.vmikeydets.com.

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