JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Quay Holmes ran for 161 yards and scored twice and FCS No. 14-ranked East Tennessee State held off 18th-ranked VMI 27-20.
The Buccaneers, Chattanooga and Mercer all sit atop the conference with 5-1 records.
Chattanooga plays Mercer on Nov. 13 and ETSU plays Mercer on Nov. 20.
Chattanooga beat East Tennessee State 21-16 earlier in the season. Seth Morgan threw for 248 yards for VMI.