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QB shines one last time for Navy

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — How appropriate that Keenan Reynolds' final touchdown at Navy thrust him into the NCAA record book and secured a milestone victory for the Midshipmen.

Reynolds wrapped up his record college career in spectacular fashion, running for three scores and throwing for another Monday to lead Navy past Pittsburgh 44-28 in the Military Bowl.

After the Midshipmen let a 24-point cushion dwindle to 38-28, Reynolds capped a nine-play drive with a 9-yard touchdown run with 4:19 left. It was his 88th career TD, breaking a tie with Kenneth Dixon of Louisiana Tech for the most in Division I-A history.

"To be able to seal the game and get the record at the same time is pretty cool," the 5-foot-11 senior said.

Reynolds ran for 144 yards on 24 carries, completed 9 of 17 passes for 126 yards and had a 47-yard reception on a trick play.

He leaves Navy (11-2) as the Division I-A career leader in touchdowns and points (530). His 4,559 yards rushing are the most by a quarterback in Division I history.

The Midshipmen completed their first 11-win season in 135 years of football. That, more than all his personal accomplishments, is what he will remember.

"You play the game to win, so the record for wins is the one that means the most to me," Reynolds said.

It was the first game for the Midshipmen since they beat Army and coach Ken Niumatalolo decided to stay at Navy instead of taking the head coaching job at Brigham Young.

Qadree Ollison rushed for 73 yards and scored two touchdowns for Pitt. Nate Peterman threw a TD but was intercepted three times. It added up to a disappointing ending for the Panthers (8-5) in their first season under coach Pat Narduzzi.

"Just have to keep getting one step closer," Narduzzi said. "You just have to take one step at a time. Told the seniors, they laid the foundation. We've done a lot of great things this year."

QUICK LANE BOWL: For most of the game, Minnesota could rely on its defense. When the Golden Gophers briefly fell behind in the fourth quarter, quarterback Mitch Leidner responded.

Leidner ran 13 yards for a touchdown with 4:26 left, and the Golden Gophers (6-7) held on for a 21-14 win over Central Michigan (7-6) in Detroit.

Minnesota ended a trying season on a positive note. Coach Jerry Kill retired in late October because of difficulty managing his epilepsy and his job. The Gophers were 5-7 after the regular season but were able to play on because not enough teams reached six wins to fill all the bowls.

All three teams that went to bowls at 5-7 — Minnesota, Nebraska and San Jose State — ended up winning them.

COOK UPBEAT: Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook said his shoulder is feeling great after a late-season injury. The third-ranked Spartans plays No. 2 Alabama on Thursday night in the Cotton Bowl semifinal of the College Football Playoff.

INDIANA: Junior running back Jordan Howard announced he will enter the NFL draft.

MIAMI: Defensive back Artie Burns, who led the team with six interceptions this season, will skip his senior season and declare for the NFL draft.

OHIO ST.: Running back Ezekiel Elliott was cited for three misdemeanors after a car accident Sunday before the team left for the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona. The team said Elliott will play Friday.

QB shines one last time for Navy 12/28/15 [Last modified: Monday, December 28, 2015 9:30pm]
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