MONDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2015
Photos by Kendall Webb
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds had one more record-breaking performance left in the tank while leading his Midshipmen to a 44-28 win over the Pittsburgh Panthers in the Military Bowl on Monday, December 28.
Played at the Midshipmen’s own home field — Navy-Marine Corp Memorial Stadium — the bowl was Reynolds’ final appearance in a Navy uniform, and he made the most of it. Reynolds entered the game needing just 81 yards to break the career rushing record for quarterbacks held by former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson. It came in typical Reynolds’ fashion in the third quarter when the quarterback broke free for a 48-yard run into Panthers’ territory.
He wasn’t done yet.
Reynolds had set the NCAA record for touchdowns on December 12 against Army scoring his 85th touchdown only to see the record erased a week later by LA Tech’s Kenneth Dixon in the New Orleans Bowl. Reynolds and Dixon have spent much of the past four years neck-and-neck in the race to set a new record for touchdowns, and Dixon’s four scores in the Bulldogs’ 47-28 bowl win over Arkansas State gave him 87 for his career.
Reynolds wasted no time in pulling even in Navy’s win over Pittsburgh scoring two first-quarter touchdowns to tie Dixon’s record while giving the Midshipmen their first lead of the game at 14-7. Reynolds would then find Tyler Carmona on an 11-yard scoring pass in the second quarter to spot Navy a 21-7 lead at halftime.
He would continue to direct Navy’s efficient attack stretching the lead to 31-7 before a Pitt rally cut the lead to 31-21. The two teams would trade touchdowns again to make it 38-28 at the 9:35 mark of the fourth quarter.
Needing to burn some clock, Reynolds would then take the Midshipmen on a slow march down the field. Finally, on the ninth play of a 75-yard drive, he broke through for a 9-yard scamper with just 4:19 to play — icing the game for Navy while breaking the career touchdown mark for the second time in one season with his 88th score of his career.
Reynolds was named the player of the game after finishing with 144 yards rushing on 24 carries while completing 9-of-17 passes for another 126 yards and a score. He also collected 47 receiving yards on one reception.
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