BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- — Reece Udinski connected with Jakob Herres in overtime and then Michael Jackson for a two-point conversion, giving VMI a 38-37 victory over Samford on Saturday for its first 4-0 start since 1981.
Udinski, who is transferring to Maryland after the spring season, completed 40 of 57 passes for 353 yards, three touchdowns and one interception — to outduel Liam Welch, who had a school record 570 yards passing with four touchdowns.
Welch found an open Montrell Washington for a 13-yard reception to open the overtime scoring. Udinski answered on fourth down with a pass to the right side of the end zone and Herres outjumped a defender to set up Jackson's winning catch over the middle.
Korey Bridy carried it 27 times for 109 yards and a touchdown for VMI. Herres finished with 14 catches, 166 yards and two scores, and Jackson had eight grabs for 60 yards.
Down 30-17 midway through the fourth quarter, Jackson had a 16-yard touchdown grab and Herres added a 17-yarder to tie it with 1:11 left in regulation.
Welch was 37-of-59 passing with two interceptions for Samford (2-3). Washington hauled in eight passes for 108 yards and three scores, Ty King had a 96-yard touchdown reception and finished with three catches for 135 yards, and A.J. Toney added 122 yards receiving.
The last time these teams met in 2019, the Keydets prevailed 48-41 in overtime.
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