ANNAPOLIS – Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds saved his best for last. The phenomenal senior signal-caller went out with a bang Monday in his final collegiate game, leading the Midshipmen to a 44-28 victory over Pitt before 36,352 Military Bowl spectators at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. When all was said and done, Reynolds finished the Military […]
ANNAPOLIS – Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds saved his best for last.
The phenomenal senior signal-caller went out with a bang Monday in his final collegiate game, leading the Midshipmen to a 44-28 victory over Pitt before 36,352 Military Bowl spectators at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
When all was said and done, Reynolds finished the Military Bowl as Navy’s team leader in rushing, passing and receiving en route to earning game MVP honors.
Reynolds rushed for 144 yards on 24 carries and completed 9-of-17 passes for 126 yards. He also caught a 47-yard pass from fullback Shawn White in the third quarter, marking his first collegiate reception.
“He’s a super football player,” said Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi. “Make no mistake there was a reason he was a finalist for the Heisman. He rushed for a touchdown, threw for a touchdown and then caught a heck of a pass on the quarterback throw back. He did a really nice job.”
Navy finished the 2015 campaign with an 11-2 record and set a new mark for wins in a season.
“Everything has to come to an end,” said Reynolds, who capped his career as Navy’s starting quarterback with a 32-13 record. “We were a little upset we weren’t going to a New Year’s Six Bowl game. That was one of our goals. But what better way to end it than to play at home and set the records for the most wins in a season by a senior class.”
Meanwhile, Pitt finished the 2015 campaign with an 8-5 record and fell to 22-15-3 in the all-time series against Navy.
Pitt started the game on a high note when freshman Quadree Henderson returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a score, but Navy responded on the ensuing possession when Reynolds drove the Midshipmen 75 yards in 10 plays culminating in the quarterback’s one-yard touchdown run.
Reynolds added a five-yard touchdown run at the end of the first quarter to put Navy ahead, 14-7, giving the Midshipmen a lead they would not relinquish the entire game.
Navy took a 31-7 lead early in the third quarter, but Pitt scored two quick touchdowns to cut the deficit to 31-21 with 2:57 remaining in the period.
Pitt junior quarterback Nate Peterman connected with freshman running back Qadree Ollison on a four-yard touchdown and moments later freshman strong safety Jordan Whitehead scooped up a fumble and raced 22 yards for a score.
However, Navy added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter for insurance, including a nine-yard run by Reynolds that sealed the win.
Reynolds accounted for four touchdowns in the game, including three on the ground and became the NCAA’s all-time leader in career rushing yards by a quarterback. He also set a new FBS record for most career total touchdowns in NCAA history with 88.
“All of Keenan Reynolds’ accomplishments are well deserved,” said Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo. “He is a once in a generation player.”