List of VMI Keydets football seasons

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Alumni Memorial Field at Foster Stadium has served the Keydets' home contests since 1962

The following is a list of seasons completed by the VMI Keydets football team. Representing the Virginia Military Institute, the Keydets compete in the Big South Conference of the NCAA Division I. VMI competed in the Southern Conference for 79 years from 1924 to 2002, and moved to the Big South in 2003, but will be returning to the SoCon beginning in the 2014–2015 academic year.[1] The Keydets have played their home games out of 10,000-seat Alumni Memorial Field since 1962. Sparky Woods has been the head coach since 2008.

Though VMI played their first intercollegiate football game in 1873 against Washington and Lee University, the first official team was fielded in 1891 under coach Walter H. Taylor III. The program was successful early on, notching two undefeated seasons in 1894 and 1899, and another 9–0 campaign in 1920. VMI captured their first of seven conference titles in 1951 under head coach Tom Nugent with a 5–0 mark in SoCon play and a 7–3 record overall. The Keydets won 4 additional Southern Conference championships in a six-year span between 1957 and 1962 under the direction of John McKenna, who, to this day, is the all-time coaching wins leader at the Institute.

After playing as an independent, VMI joined the South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1918. Following the league's disbandment in 1921, VMI joined the Southern Conference in 1924 where they would remain for 79 seasons until joining the Big South Conference in 2003. The Keydets will return to their roots in 2014, as it was announced they will rejoin the SoCon in May of 2013.

VMI has yet to earn a trip to the FCS playoffs since the subdivision's inception in 1978. The Keydets have also not had a winning season since 1981, marking 32 consecutive non-winning seasons for the program (the 2002 and 2003 squads went 6–6 each).

Seasons[edit]

Legend

     Conference champions
     Division champions
     Bowl game berth
     Playoff berth

List of VMI Keydets football seasons
Season Team Head coach[2] Conference Division Regular season results[3][4] Postseason results Final ranking[5]
Overall Conference Bowl game/Playoff result TSN Poll Coaches' Poll
Win Loss Tie Win Loss Tie Finish
VMI Keydets
1891 1891 Walter Taylor Independent 3 0 1
1892 1892 No coach 4 0 1
1893 1893 3 1 0
1894 1894 6 0 0
1895 1895 George W. Bryant 5 2 0
1896 1896 3 4 0
1897 1897 R. N. Groner 3 2 0
1898 1898 Samuel Boyle, Jr. 4 2 0
1899 1899[a] 1 0 0
1900 1900 Sam Walker 4 1 2
1901 1901 4 3 0
1902 1902 3 3 1
1903 1903 William Roper 2 1 0
1904 1904 3 5 0
1905 1905 Ira Johnson 2 5 1
1906 1906 4 4 0
1907 1907 Charles Roller 5 3 0
1908 1908 4 2 0
1909 1909 William C. Gloth 4 3 0
1910 1910 3 3 1
1911 1911 Alpha Brummage 7 1 0
1912 1912 6 1 0
1913 1913 Henry Poague 7 1 2
1914 1914 Frank Gorton 4 4 0
1915 1915 6 2 1
1916 1916 4 5 0
1917 1917 Earl Abell 4 4 1
1918 1918 Earl Abell
Mose Goodman
SAIAA 3 3 0
1919 1919 Red Fleming 6 2 0
1920 1920 Blandy Clarkson 9 0 0
1921 1921 3 5 1
1922 1922 Independent 7 2 0
1923 1923 9 1 0
1924 1924 Southern 6 3 1 2 3 1 13
1925 1925 5 5 0 1 5 0 18
1926 1926 5 5 0 2 4 0 15
1927 1927 W. C. Raftery 6 4 0 2 4 0 16
1928 1928 5 3 2 2 3 1 15
1929 1929 8 2 0 4 2 0 7
1930 1930 3 6 0 0 5 0 23
1931 1931 3 6 1 2 4 0 17
1932 1932 2 8 0 1 4 0 18
1933 1933 2 7 1 2 1 1 4
1934 1934 1 8 0 0 5 0 10
1935 1935 2 7 1 0 3 1 10
1936 1936 6 4 0 5 2 0 4
1937 1937 Allison Hubert 5 5 0 5 2 0 5
1938 1938 6 1 4 4 0 3 4
1939 1939 6 3 1 3 1 1 5
1940 1940 7 2 1 3 2 1 7
1941 1941 4 6 0 4 2 0 6
1942 1942 3 5 1 2 4 1 10
1943 1943 2 6 0 1 3 0 8
1944 1944 1 8 0 1 5 0 8
1945 1945 5 4 0 3 2 0 6
1946 1946 4 5 1 3 3 1 8
1947 1947 Arthur Morton 3 5 1 2 3 1 11
1948 1948 6 3 0 5 1 0 3
1949 1949 Tom Nugent 3 5 1 2 3 1 6 Won Tobacco Bowl vs. Richmond 14–7
1950 1950 6 4 0 5 1 0 3
1951 1951 7 3 0 5 0 0 1
1952 1952 3 6 1 2 3 1 9 Lost Tobacco Bowl vs. Virginia 33–14
1953 1953 John McKenna 5 5 0 3 3 0 6
1954 1954 4 6 0 4 3 0 5
1955 1955 1 9 0 1 6 0 9
1956 1956 3 6 1 2 3 1 5
1957 1957 9 0 1 6 0 0 1 20
1958 1958 6 2 2 2 2 1 4
1959 1959 8 1 1 5 0 1 1
1960 1960 7 2 1 4 1 0 1
1961 1961 6 4 0 4 2 0 3
1962 1962 6 4 0 6 0 0 1
1963 1963 3 5 2 3 1 2 3 Lost Oyster Bowl vs. Navy 21–12
1964 1964 1 9 0 1 4 0 9 Lost Tobacco Bowl vs. Virginia 20–19
1965 1965 3 7 0 3 2 0 4
1966 1966 Vito Ragazzo 2 8 0 1 3 0 8
1967 1967 6 4 0 2 3 0 5 Lost Tobacco Bowl vs. William & Mary 33–28
1968 1968 1 9 0 1 4 0 7
1969 1969 0 10 0 0 4 0 7 Lost Tobacco Bowl vs. Virginia 28–10
1970 1970 1 10 0 1 4 0 7
1971 1971 Bob Thalman 1 10 0 1 4 0 6
1972 1972 2 9 0 1 5 0 6
1973 1973 3 8 0 2 4 0 6
1974 1974 7 4 0 4 1 0 1 Won Tobacco Bowl vs. Virginia Tech 22–17
1975 1975 3 8 0 1 4 0 7 Lost Tobacco Bowl vs. Richmond 24–19
1976 1976 5 5 0 2 4 0 7 Lost Tobacco Bowl vs. Virginia Tech 37–7
Won Oyster Bowl vs. Virginia 13–7
1977 1977 7 4 0 2 0 0 1
1978 1978 3 8 0 0 3 0 6 Won Tobacco Bowl vs. Richmond 23–6
1979 1979 6 4 1 4 1 0 2
1980 1980 3 7 1 1 4 1 6 Lost Oyster Bowl vs. Virginia Tech 21–6
1981 1981 6 3 1 3 1 1 2 Won Oyster Bowl vs. The Citadel 14–0
1982 1982 5 6 0 2 3 0 6 Won Tobacco Bowl vs. Richmond 14–0
Lost Oyster Bowl vs. Virginia Tech 14–3
1983 1983 2 9 0 1 5 0 6
1984 1984 1 9 0 1 4 0 8 Lost Oyster Bowl vs. Virginia Tech 54–7
1985 1985 Eddie Williamson 3 7 1 1 4 1 7
1986 1986 1 10 0 1 5 0 7
1987 1987 4 7 0 2 4 0 5 Lost Oyster Bowl vs. William & Mary 17–6
1988 1988 2 9 0 1 5 0 6 Lost Oyster Bowl vs. The Citadel 31–20
1989 1989 Jim Shuck 2 8 1 1 4 1 7
1990 1990 4 7 0 1 5 0 7 Lost Oyster Bowl vs. William & Mary 59–47
1991 1991 4 7 0 2 5 0 6 Lost Oyster Bowl vs. The Citadel 17–14
1992 1992 3 8 0 1 6 0 7 Lost Oyster Bowl vs. Richmond 41–18
1993 1993 1 10 0 1 7 0 9 Lost Oyster Bowl vs. William & Mary 49–6
1994 1994 Bill Stewart 1 10 0 1 7 0 9 Lost Oyster Bowl vs. The Citadel 58–14
1995 1995 4 7 0 3 5 0 6 Lost Oyster Bowl vs. Georgia Southern 31–13
1996[b] 1996 3 8 2 6 7
1997 1997 Ted Cain 0 11 0 8 9
1998 1998 1 10 0 8 9
1999 1999 Cal McCombs 1 10 0 8 9
2000 2000 2 9 1 7 9
2001 2001 1 10 1 7 9
2002 2002 6 6 3 5 6
2003 2003 Big South 6 6 2 2 3
2004 2004 0 11 0 4 5
2005 2005 3 8 2 2 4
2006 2006 Jim Reid 1 10 0 4 5
2007 2007 2 9 0 4 5
2008 2008 Sparky Woods 4 7 1 4 6
2009 2009 2 9 1 5 6
2010 2010 3 8 2 4 5
2011 2011 2 9 2 4 6
2012 2012 2 9 1 5 6
2013 2013 2 10 1 4 6
2014 2014 Southern 2 10 1 6 8
Totals All-time:
467–667–42
(.415)
Conference:
187–316–23
(.377)
Bowl games:
6–18
(.250)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The season was cut short due to an outbreak of typhoid fever within the school, and all students were subsequently sent home.
  2. ^ Overtime rules were added to college football in 1996, thereby eliminating ties.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "VMI, ETSU, Mercer to join SoCon". ESPN. Associated Press. May 30, 2013. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Military Institute Coaching Records". College Football Data Warehouse. 2013. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Virginia Military Institute Yearly Totals". College Football Data Warehouse. 2013. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ Southern Conference Annual Leaders & History
  5. ^ "Virginia Military Institute In the Polls". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 

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