November 06, 20211st2nd3rd4thFinal
1st Quarter
ETSUTD04:03Quay Holmes 2 Yd Run (Tyler Keltner kick)
ETSUTD02:34Quay Holmes 3 Yd Run (Tyler Keltner kick)
2nd Quarter
ETSUTD04:14Jawan Martin 2 Yd Pass From Tyler Riddell (Tyler Keltner kick)
VMIFG00:29Jerry Rice 48 Yd
3rd Quarter
VMITD06:20Korey Bridy 1 Yd Run (Jerry Rice kick)
4th Quarter
ETSUFG13:53Tyler Keltner 35 Yd
VMITD09:04Seth Morgan 8 Yd Run (Jerry Rice kick)
ETSUFG05:38Tyler Keltner 42 Yd
VMIFG01:30Jerry Rice 37 Yd
Stats at a GlanceVMIETSU
1st Downs2018
3rd Down Conversions9-202-11
4th Down Conversions3-41-2
Passing (Comp-Att)270 (33-48) 130 (9-22)
Rushing (Att)104 (34) 242 (38)
Total Yards374372
Fumbles Lost10
ETSU Welcomes VMI in Pivotal SoCon Clash
ETSU Welcomes VMI in Pivotal SoCon Clash
Friday, November 5, 2021

Bucs to host Keydets in Top-25 showdown

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 5, 2021) – Saturday’s ETSU Football game is the biggest one yet! The stage is set as the 14th-ranked Bucs will play host to the 18th-ranked VMI Keydets in a pivotal home game that will impact playoff chances and Southern Conference Championship aspirations.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 6 @ 1 p.m.
Location: Johnson City, Tenn. | Greene Stadium
Teams: ETSU (7-1, 4-1) vs. VMI (6-2, 4-1)
Weather: High: 59; Low: 28; Sunny
Game Notes: ETSU | VMI
Live Stats:
Live Video: ESPN+
Live Audio: WXSM Radio
Radio Personnel: Jay Sandos & Robert Harper
Twitter: @ETSUFootball
Game Sponsor: First Horizon

What a Stage
It doesn’t get any bigger than Saturday afternoon at William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium! The Bucs, entering the game ranked 14th in the NCAA will play host to No. 18 VMI at 1 p.m. ETSU will be taking part in homecoming where the homecoming winners will be announced at halftime on the field. There will also be a FERRIS WHEEL in the tailgating lot to add to Saturday’s festivities. More importantly, Saturday’s game will feature a pair of one-loss Southern Conference teams. We will have tailgating; we will have amazing football and we anticipate a sellout crowd on hand as the Bucs and Keydets fight to join Mercer (5-1) atop the SoCon standings. Saturday features a battle where SoCon Championship hopes stay alive and others potentially shatter. The FCS Playoffs are just three weeks away and this game has major implications on who can fight for the automatic and at-large bids. The stage doesn’t get any bigger than this.

Next Man Up
As is typical with college football, late in the season injuries happen. The Bucs’ head coach Randy Sanders does not linger on injuries. His mantra is “next man up”. The Bucs have seen the next man rise to the occasion all season long, whether it be Stephen Scott’s heroics in Nashville against Vanderbilt, Jalen Porter dominating Delaware State for four sacks in place of an injured Blake Bockrath, or Zach West coming up with critical stops in a statement win in Greenville, S.C. The Bucs will not stop fighting and the next man is prepared to make the big plays!

Up for Grabs
The 2021 Southern Conference title race is shaping up to be a good one. Mercer leads the league at 5-1 in SoCon action and is currently enjoying its bye week. Chattanooga, ETSU and VMI are all 4-1 in league play, with ETSU and VMI squaring off this Saturday. Chattanooga will aim to get past Wofford this weekend with a critical game at Mercer the following week. The Bucs will conclude the regular season with Mercer, while the Keydets finish the last two weeks at Furman and home to Western Carolina.

Keeping up with the Keydets
VMI is fresh off back-to-back 45-point outings for the first time since 1922, most recently a narrow 46-45 win over Samford on Oct. 30. VMI is 6-2 on the campaign and 4-1 in league action. The Keydets have a three-headed monster at wide receiver: Leroy Thomas, Jakob Herres and Michael Jackson. The trio have combined for 110 of VMI’s 179 receptions, 1,324 of the team’s 1,908 yards and 10 of the 13 receiving touchdowns. Not to mention, the Keydets have found success in the running game behind Korey Bridy who has 125 carries for 622 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, the Keydets are led by Preseason SoCon Defensive Player of the Year - Stone Snyder. Snyder has 85 tackles on the season (33 solo) to go along with 5.5 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack.

Series History
ETSU is 16-10 all-time against the Keydets. Most recently, the Bucs traveled to Lexington, Va. on April 3, 2021 when they upset then-ranked No. 10 VMI by the final of 24-20. The Bucs dropped the last home game to VMI on Sept. 14, 2019 in overtime, 31-24. The Keydets came out victorious at 1:08 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15 thanks to a total of 132 minutes of weather delay. The Bucs are 9-3 at home against the Keydets in the all-time series, outscoring VMI, 332 (27.7) to 178 (14.8).

The Buccaneer Sports Network (BSN) will provide ETSU fans with complete pregame, in-game and postgame coverage on the Bucs’ flagship station WXSM-AM 640 and affiliate station 104.9 FM NASH ICON.

The BSN begins its pregame programing one hour and 30 minutes prior to kickoff with the 30-minute-long Tennessee Lottery Tailgate Show, followed by the Randy Sanders Pregame Show serviced by Tommie’s Plumbing which will lead up to 30 minutes prior to kickoff. The Appalachian Orthopaedic Countdown to Kickoff will then lead into the final moments before kickoff.     

The broadcast team of Jay Sandos, color analyst Robert Harper , along with studio hosts Mike Gallagher and Don Helman will provide ETSU fans all the information they need to complement their game-day activities.

At halftime, the crew will have the Zaxby’s Halftime Show, while fans can tune into the Mullican Flooring Post Game Show for a full wrap up, with game statistics, players and coach interviews, and other post-game information.  

Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN+ with the team of Mike Gallagher (play-by-play) and Mark Hutsell (analyst) providing the call.

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