Cornell built a 21-2 lead at halftime and extended the margin to 26 points when Wang threw a 3-yarder to Enneking with 48 seconds left in the third.
Late in the fourth, however, the Keydets closed to 28-9 on Hunter Rice's 1-yard scoring run with 5:36 left. A little less than two minutes later, Collin Ironside threw a 3-yard pass to Chance Knox to make it 28-16. With five seconds to go, Ironside ran it in from the 6, but Cornell secured the kickoff to end it.
Cornell held the ball for two-thirds of the game in time of possession, yet was outgained by VMI, 356-266. The Big Red finished 10 for 18 on third-down conversions.
Ironside finished 16-for-18 passing for 275 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
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