PHILADELPHIA – All Keenan Reynolds wanted was to beat Army. The nimble-footed quarterback got his wish, dashing through the snow and a weary defense all the way into the NCAA record book.
Reynolds ran for 136 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Midshipmen to a 34-7 victory Saturday, their 12th straight in the series.
Its hard to beat anybody 12 times in a row, coach Ken Niumatalolo said. But to beat your rivals, Im very proud of them.
Reynolds scored on runs of 47 yards, 11 yards and 1 yard. The sophomore has 29 rushing touchdowns, breaking the single-season mark for a quarterback previously held by Ricky Dobbs (Navy, 2009) and Collin Klein (Kansas State, 2011), both of whom had 27.
Coming into the game, I wasnt too concerned about the record. If I broke it, I broke it. If not, oh well, Reynolds said. My main concern was trying to get the W. If that involved me getting zero touchdowns and everyone else having a field day, I was good with that.
Reynolds ran 30 times for on a frozen, snow-covered field. He also caught a 2-point conversion pass on a trick play after his second touchdown.
His third score – with 46 seconds left in a lopsided game – gave him 176 points for the season, breaking the school record of 174 set by Bill Ingram in 1917.
The thought did come across my mind to take a knee, Niumatalolo said. But then my thoughts went to, I have a kid that has a chance to break a record thats hard to come by.
The Midshipmen (8-4) havent lost to Army (3-9) since 2001 and lead the series 58-49-7. Navys 12-game run is the longest in the history of the rivalry that began in 1890.