The Citadel wins Military Classic on late TD, tops VMI 26-22

Christian Hilton's late TD catch gave The Citadel a 26-22 win over VMI to retain the Silver Shako
Christian Hilton's late TD catch gave The Citadel a 26-22 win over VMI to retain the Silver Shako(The Citadel Athletics | The Citadel Athletics)
Published: Nov. 19, 2022 at 5:53 PM EST
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LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) — Graeson Underwood connected with Christian Hilton on a 51-yard touchdown with 3:37 left in the game to lift The Citadel to a 26-22 win over VMI Saturday afternoon to win The Military Classic of the South rivalry game.

The Bulldogs took a 14-3 lead at intermission, but VMI roared back with three third-quarter touchdowns after Eric Rankin blocked a Citadel punt and Elijah Quamiley returned it 20 yards for a touchdown to take a 22-14 lead.

Cooper Wallace ran eight yards for a touchdown to get the Bulldogs within two, 22-20, but the-two-point conversion attempt to tie it failed. After the Keydets were forced to punt with 6:04 left, The Citadel went 78 yards in six plays for the game-winning score.

The Citadel (4-7, 3-5 Southern) finished with 319 yards on the ground, with Wallace leading the effort with 94 yards on nine carries.

Three quarterbacks combined to go 18 of 24 for 232 yards to lead VMI (1-10, 0-8).