VMI at Mercer Gameday Central
LEXINGTON, Virginia – After beating No.19 Chattanooga in overtime last weekend at home, the VMI football team is back on the road for a Saturday night kickoff with Mercer University in Macon, Ga.
The game will air from Five Star Stadium at 4 p.m. on ESPN +.
Links to broadcast, radio and live stats are listed below in addition to other links that provide match day information for both programs.
THE SERIES: This will be the eighth meeting between schools that first met in 2014. Mercer leads the rivalry, 5-2, with VMI’s first victory coming in 2015 when the Keydets won, 28-21. Last year at Lexington, VMI dominated the Bears 44-13 at Foster Stadium.
A victory for VMI over Mercer would be …
— Either VMI’s first victory in Macon since 2015
— Move VMI to 2-2 on the road this season
KEYDETS AND TANGLE BEARS ON SATURDAY – VMI will be back on the road for their final away game in October this Saturday when they face Mercer at Five-Star Stadium in Macon, Ga. This will be the Keydets’ first visit to Mercer since the 2019 season.
RICE NAMED SOCON SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Red shirt in second year Jerry Rice was named the Southern Conference Special Teams Player of the Week presented by GEICO on Monday. Rice scored a career-high 17 points as the Keydets beat the Mocs in overtime, 37-34. The red-shirted sophomore from Daleville, Va. Converted his two extra point attempts and was 5 of 5 on field goal attempts to tie VMI’s record in a game for goals on the field set in 1977 by Craig Jones. He scored the first nine points of the game, converting baskets of 32, 27 and 18 yards in the first half. His career-long 49-yard field goalie with 41 seconds left gave VMI a 34-31 lead, but after Chattanooga tied him on a last-second field goal, Rice struck out. 37 overtime yards to give the Keydets their first victory over a ranked opponent this season.
3-0 AT HOME – The Keydets went 3-0 at Foster Stadium last Saturday with a win from behind over Chattanooga in overtime that took them to 3-0 at Foster Stadium. It was also VMI’s seventh win of the last eight home games and the conference’s ninth win of the last 11 outings.
JACKSON CLUTCH LEGS – Senior wide receiver Michael jackson caught six passes for a career-high 140 yards and two touchdowns to help VMI pass Chattanooga on Saturday. Jackson landed two antennas from the VMI quarterback Seth Morgan acrobatically for second-half touchdowns spanning 19 and 20 yards for a career-best TD receiving in one game. During the season, Jackson caught 20 passes for 256 yards – the team’s third best in both categories.
MORGAN ARM ACTIVE – Redshirt in second year Seth Morgan returned to the starting quarterback role on Saturday against Chattanooga and completed 30 of 42 passes for a season-high 306 yards, his fourth career 300-yard game, which ties him to Eric Kordenbrock for the third most the history of the school.
VMI RADIO NETWORK: WWZW – 96.7 FM (Lexington, Lynchburg), WJFN – 820 AM, 92.7 FM, 107.7 FM (Richmond), WPMH 1010 AM, 100.5 FM, 96.9 FM (Hampton Roads). Free audio streaming of the game is available at 3wzfm.com. Wade branner will call play-by-play and Rick Cruze will be the color commentator.
TV / VIDEO STREAMING: Saturday’s game can be seen on ESPN +.
MORE RICE – Redshirt in second year Jerry Rice has been a model of consistency this season and is 10 for 11 in field goals and 20 for 20 in PAT attempts. Five of his field goals have come from 40 yards or before, including the career record 49 yards against Chattanooga.
VMI EN OT – VMI’s 37-34 overtime win over Chattanooga took the Keydets to 4-0 against the Mocs in decided games beyond regulation with all wins at Lexington. Overall, VMI is 10-5 in overtime games.
BRIDY RAMBLES ON – senior running back Korey bridy produced his second 100-yard rushing game of the season and the fourth of his career with 165 yards on a career-high 36 carries against the Mocs. Bridy leads the ground team with 614 yards and an average of 102.3 yards per game, which ranks her third in SoCon.
THE HAUTS CULBREATH IN SOCON – Second year bettor Jack culbreath is having a breakthrough year in handling Keydet’s punt chores, averaging 45.2 yards per punt, which is barely behind the current leader Matt campbell (45.4) for the SoCon # 1 place by boat.
HERRES STREAK CONTINUES – With five catches against Chattanooga, Jacob Herrès extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 26 games.
HIGH SCORE FOR “O“- The Keydets produced their highest total offense of the season against the Mocs at 485 yards, fueled by the best total of the season in one game in rushing (179) and in assists (306). It was the best total offense produced by VMI since the spring ’21 Wofford game that saw the Jeydets go 503 yards.