2008 VMI Keydets football team

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2008 VMI Keydets football
Virginia Military Institute logo.png
Conference Big South Conference
2008 record 4–7 (1–4 Big South)
Head coach Sparky Woods (1st year)
Home stadium Alumni Memorial Field
(Capacity: 10,000)
Seasons
« 2007 2009 »
2008 Big South football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#14 Liberty   5 0         10 2  
Stony Brook   3 2         5 6  
Charleston Southern   3 2         7 5  
Gardner–Webb   2 3         5 6  
VMI   1 4         4 7  
Coastal Carolina   1 4         6 6  
† – Conference champion
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll

The 2008 VMI Keydets football team represented the Virginia Military Institute during the 2008 NCAA Division I FCS football season. It was the Keydets 118th year of football, which began in 1891, and their 6th season in the Big South Conference. VMI was run by first year head coach Sparky Woods, who was previously a head coach at Appalachian State and South Carolina. Woods was a replacement for his predecessor Jim Reid, who departed from the Institute to be linebackers coach of the Miami Dolphins.[1]

The Keydets enjoyed one of their most successful seasons in recent years in terms of wins. The year started with a convincing victory over St. Francis 49–0. After a 52–17 drubbing from William & Mary, the Keydets handled another Division-II opponent, Chowan, 69–20. A late second-half surge then pushed Ohio past VMI 51–31 the following week. Another large loss came from Richmond at home, 56–16. The Keydets did, however, get their first conference win since 2005, a 47–20 blowout victory over Coastal Carolina. VMI ended the year with a 49–27 win over future conference member Presbyterian, breaking a four game losing streak.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 6 1:30 PM Saint Francis* Alumni Memorial FieldLexington, VA W 49–0   5,123
September 13 7:00 PM at William & Mary* Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA (Rivalry) L 17–52   10,624
September 20 1:30 PM Chowan* Alumni Memorial FIeld • Lexington, VA W 69–20   6,793
September 27 2:00 PM at Ohio* Peden StadiumAthens, OH L 31–51   19,938
October 4 1:30 PM #6 Richmond*dagger Alumni Memorial Field • Lexington, VA L 16–56   7,643
October 11 1:30 PM Coastal Carolina Alumni Memorial Field • Lexington, VA W 47–20   8,157
October 25 1:30 PM at Garnder–Webb Spangler StadiumBoiling Springs, NC L 27–34   5,600
November 1 1:30 PM at Charleston Southern Buccaneer FieldCharleston, SC L 21–31   3,213
November 8 1:30 PM Liberty Alumni Memorial Field • Lexington, VA L 26–38   6,813
November 15 3:30 PM at Stony Brook LaValle StadiumStony Brook, NY L 26–40   2,051
November 22 1:30 PM Presbyterian* Alumni Memorial Field • Lexington, VA W 49–27   4,710
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game.

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