BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Devlin Hodges threw for 438 yards and six touchdowns and added a seventh on the ground as Samford routed winless VMI 73-22 in a Southern Conference game Saturday afternoon.
VMI took a 9-7 lead in the first quarter after a 72-yard Reece Udinski-to-Javeon Lara touchdown, but Hodges found Kelvin McKnight to cap a 13-play, 75-yard drive to give the Bulldogs the lead for good, 14-9.
VMI cut the Samford lead to six points, 26-22 with 6:30 left in the first half, but Hodges answered by hitting Chris Shelling for his second touchdown of the half and DeMarcus Ware scored from the 1 to make it 42-22.
Ware finished with 128 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries to lead Samford on the ground. McKnight pulled in nine passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns and Shelling caught 10 for 104 yards and three scores.
Samford (3-4, 2-2) now is 6-0 all-time in the series.
Udinski was 22-of-34 passing for 270 yards and two touchdowns for VMI (0-6, 0-5).