Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Sports

Rally keeps Houston perfect

HOUSTON — Backup quarterback Kyle Postma rushed for the go-ahead score and threw for a touchdown to rally No. 16 Houston from 20 points down to a 35-34 win over No. 25 Memphis on Saturday night.

Postma came in just before halftime when Greg Ward Jr. left with what appeared to be a left ankle injury. Postma went 21 of 33 for 236 yards and carried six times for 49 yards.

His 7-yard touchdown run with 1:27 left capped a nine-play, 77-yard drive to give Houston the lead. Jake Elliott missed a 48-yard field goal wide right with 19 seconds left to seal the win for Houston.

Kenneth Farrow had 10 carries for 46 yards and two touchdowns for Houston, which trailed the Tigers 20-0 before Postma entered.

Paxton Lynch was 20-of-31 passing for 278 yards and two touchdowns for Memphis.

Reynolds has record

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Keenan Reynolds burst into the end zone to set the NCAA record for career rushing touchdowns, and the last thing on his mind was clutching the football as a keepsake.

Fortunately, Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo had the situation well in hand. He sent the team's equipment manager onto the field to secure the souvenir for the Midshipmen quarterback.

Reynolds had four rushing scores to boost his career total to 81, and No. 22 Navy beat SMU 55-14 to remain undefeated in the conference.

Reynolds broke the mark of former Wisconsin running back Montee Ball, who ran for 77 TDs from 2009-12. Ball holds the record for total touchdowns with 83.

No. 78 for Reynolds came on a 4-yard run on Navy's first drive. Soon after, Niumatalolo went into action.

"I had a plan to make sure we did not lose that ball," the coach said. "I just wanted to make sure we got the ball to Keenan and his family."

Reynolds scored on runs of 43 and 8 yards on the next two series to make it 21-0, then added a 32-yard touchdown with 14:19 left to make it 41-14.

The first was the sweetest.

"When Coach called the play, I was like, 'I am not getting tackled. I am scoring,' " Reynolds said. "I was tired of talking about it, when it's going to happen. I was ready to get it over with."

In a sentimental move, SMU coach Morris started third-string quarterback Garrett Krstich, whose late father was co-captain of the 1969 Navy team. After Krstich completed a pass for no gain on the first play from scrimmage, Morris called timeout to let the senior savor the moment.

"It was the right thing to do," Morris said. "I was proud of him. It's a moment he'll never forget, it's a moment we'll all never forget."

Tulane 34, Army 31: Andrew DiRocco hit the winning 35-yard field goal as time expired as the visiting Green Wave ended a five-game losing streak despite squandering a 28-7 halftime lead. "Our team's happy. Emotions started to get low, and it's just great to bring energy back to the team," said DiRocco, who celebrated his father's birthday with his first winning kick at any level.

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