A 12-yard Cameron Jones touchdown pass to Mario Scott with 1:20 remaining sealed a VMI win over Presbyterian College, 24-13, in the Big South football opener for both schools, played Saturday at Foster Stadium in Lexington.
With the Keydets clinging to a 17-13 lead, VMI got the ball back with 6:09 to play. The Keydets picked up two first downs, but were whistled for a delay of game penalty on third and two, leaving them with a third and seven from just inside PC territory. Cameron Jones then found Trent White for a 33-yard pass completion, moving the Keydets to the 16 and setting up the clinching touchdown.
With the win, VMI equals its record at 2-2 and goes to 1-0 in the Big South, winning its conference opener for the first time since 2008. It is also the first 2-0 home start for VMI since the 2008 campaign, while Presbyterian College drops to 0-5 and 0-1 in conference action.