Kenny Cook caught a 25-yard touchdown reception from Beatty in the second overtime, one play after Dillon Christopher missed a 36-yard field goal for VMI. Paul Schumacher forced overtime with a 43-yard field goal for Gardner-Webb with 4 seconds left.
Gardner -Webb was up 31-13 in the third quarter. Then Al Cobb mounted a comeback, throwing three unanswered touchdown passes for VMI, highlighted by a 10-yard touchdown pass to Deon Watts and the ensuing two point conversion put VMI up three with 4:03 remaining in regulation.
Beatty passed for 430 yards for Gardner-Webb (4-3, 1-3 Big South), finding Kenny Cook 12 times for 251 yards and two touchdowns.
Cobb threw for 351 yards and six touchdowns for VMI (1-7, 1-2 Southern). Doug Burton caught six balls for 85 yards and a score.