LEXINGTON, VA- The ETSU football team’s recent offensive struggles continued and untimely penalties also cost the Buccaneers Saturday afternoon at VMI, as the Keydets raced to an early first-half lead and ultimately won 37-7 at Foster Stadium.
With the loss, the Bucs have now dropped three straight SoCon games and stand at 2-3 overall, 1-3 in in league action. Meanwhile, VMI improved to 3-2, 1-1.
For the season, ETSU had averaged just over six penalties a game for a total of 66.5 yards a contest. However, in the first half alone the Bucs committed nine penalties for 84 yards. The Keydets took advantage of those miscues, as quarterback Al Cobb threw for touchdown passes of 54, 45 and 9 yards in the first half and VMI took a 27-0 lead into the halftime locker room.
Cobb finished the game 14-of-20 through the air for 212 yards and rushed for another 24. The Keydets also combined to rush for 233 yards as a team, outgaining the Bucs 458 to 262 in total offense.
ETSU has now scored just 14 points in its last 12 quarters of play since netting a combined 54 points in winning back-to-back games to open the season.
Courtesy: East Tennessee State Athletics