LEXINGTON, VA. -- Al Cobb passed for 239 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another to lead VMI to a 31-15 victory over Furman in Southern Conference football action Saturday afternoon at Alumni Memorial Stadium.
The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Keydets (2-8, 1-4 SoCon) and halted a 21-game series losing skid to the Paladins (2-7, 1-3 SoCon) dating back to 1979. Furman dropped its seventh straight game, the program's longest slide since 1972.
Cobb, a freshman, completed 24-of-37 passes, including scoring strikes covering 19 yards to Dane Forlines and 14 yards to J.C. Garvin. He also scored on a 1-yard sneak to headline VMI's offense that compiled 377 total yards.
Furman finished with 299 yards and tallied a pair of P.J. Blazejowski second half touchdown passes covering 28 yards -- one to Chad Scott and another to Duncan Fletcher.
Blazejowski connected on 20-of-37 passes for 217 yards but was intercepted three times.
The Paladins managed only 82 rushing yards in the contest.
VMI covered 77 yards in 12 plays to take a first quarter lead on a Dillon Christopher 21-yard field goal.
The Keydets' Ryan Francis set up the game's next score with a sack and forced fumble, which was recovered by Joe Nelson at the Furman 41. Converting a pair of third and long plays, VMI needed six plays to find the end zone, with Cobb connecting with Forlines for 19 yards with 7:44 remaining in the second period for a 10-0 lead.
After forcing a Furman punt, the Keydets fashioned a 12-play, 84-yard drive to increase their lead. Convering four third down plays on the drive, Cobb bulled over on a 1-yard quarterback sneak to make it 17-0 with just 25 seconds remaining in the first half.
VMI effectively put the game away with a 9-play, 55-yard third quarter drive that culminated on a Jabari Turner 1-yard run for a 24-0 advantage.
The Paladins ended a nearly eight-quarter scoring drought on the ensuing possession when Blazejowski found Scott in the corner for a 28-yard scoring toss with 4:55 to go in the third quarter.
The two teams traded scores the rest of the way. Furman cut it to 31-15 on Blazejowski's 28-yard connection to Fletcher and two-point conversion pass to his sophomore tight end, but the Paladins' bid for a comeback slipped away after VMI recovered an onside kick.
Marcus McMorris and Gary Wilkins paced Furman defensively with 10 tackles apiece. The Paladins notched three sacks -- all in the second half.
Francis led all defenders with 12 tackles.
Furman senior safety Hunter Tremaine, making his first career start following a rash of injuries in the secondary, sustained a fractured arm in the first half and joins Paladin safeties Trey Robinson (mononucleosis) Thomas Brown (fractured arm), and Rodney Anderson (sprained ankle) on the sideline.
Among Furman's injured players are five All-SoCon performers, including quarterback Reese Hannon (fractured ankle), linebacker Carl Rider (torn labrum), tackle Charles Emert (concussion), Robinson, and long snapper Danny LaMontange (fractured ankle).