LEXINGTON, Va. -- Backed by two touchdown catches from Jabari Turner, Virginia Military Institute held off Chowan 24-17 on Saturday.
Turner's second touchdown catch proved the difference, as his 45-yard scoring grab with 8:29 left helped VMI (1-1) evade Chowan's (0-2) come-from-behind effort.
VMI's defense aided in building a 14-0 lead by forcing a pair of punts from deep in Chowan territory to open the game. VMI scored touchdowns off both field-position gifts -- including a 28-yard touchdown catch by Turner.
Devahn Murphy's interception return for a touchdown started Chowan's comeback, which was capped by a field goal and a 17-yard scoring pass from Cameron Stover to Antjuan Randall to open the third quarter.
Turner's second score spoiled the comeback bid, with the running back grabbing four passes for 89 yards as Eric Kordenbrock went 19 for 37 for 275 yards passing.
For Chowan, Damian Ellis caught eight passes for 77 yards.
With so many departures and holes to fill across the division, no team is in great shape at linebacker.
ESPN'S KC Joyner joins The Paul Finebaum Show to give his take on the Rebels' strength of schedule and impact of replacing important starters.
Wisconsin gets LSU at Lambeau Field and a win would provide a big leap for the Badgers; the West is wide open and will come down to the final week.
In 2006, coach Gary Pinkel and QB Chase Daniel were beginning a run that would see the Tigers win Big 12 North Division titles in 2007 and 2008.
Marcell Ateman credits his mental approach and work ethic for his breakout junior season.
ESPN's Edward Aschoff joins The Paul Finebaum Show to discuss the benefits of eliminating divisions for the conference.