Scores

Final

VMI 14

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Ohio 42

(1-0, 1-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 4, 2004

Peden Stadium, Athens, OH

1 2 3 4 T
VMI 0 7 0 714
OHIO 7 14 14 742

Top Performers

Passing: R. Hawk (OHIO) - 223 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: K. McRae (OHIO) - 18 CAR, 100 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: Z. Burden (VMI) - 10 REC, 100 YDS, 2 TD

Ohio 42, VMI 14

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) -- Ryan Hawk passed for 223 yards and three touchdowns, and Kalvin McRae ran for 100 yards and scored twice to lead Ohio over VMI 42-14 Saturday night in the season opener for both teams.

Justin Roush added 130 yards rushing for the Bobcats, who also got two defensive touchdowns. T.J. Wright scored on a 41-yard interception return and Tyler Russ returned a fumble 19 yards for a touchdown.

VMI's Jonathan Wilson completed 22 of 38 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown to Zohn Burden, who caught 10 balls for 100 yards.

Ohio took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on Wright's interception return. Hawk, who finished 13-of-24, threw second-quarter touchdown passes of 4 yards to Ryan Antle and 25 yards to Rudy Sylvan, making it 21-0.

VMI closed to 21-7 when Burden caught a 30-yard TD pass from Wilson with 6:20 remaining in the second, but Ohio scored the next three touchdowns to break it open.

McRae had a 9-yard TD run and Russ scored on his fumble recovery, then McRae caught an 18-yard TD pass from Hawk to put the Bobcats ahead 42-7 early in the fourth quarter.

Burden had a 6-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter for VMI, which managed just 67 yards rushing on 29 carries.

Ohio had 230 yards rushing and 229 passing.

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