Navy downs Middle Tennessee, bags Armed Forces Bowl

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Fort Worth, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Quarterback Keenan Reynolds ran for two touchdowns to lead Navy to a 24-6 triumph over Middle Tennessee in Monday’s Armed Forces Bowl at Amon Carter Stadium.

With his two scores, Reynolds raised his season total to 31 touchdowns — an FBS record for a quarterback. By surpassing 30 rushing touchdowns for the season, he joined the elite company of Kapri Bibbs, Montee Ball and Barry Sanders.

Reynolds rushed 26 times for 86 yards to lead the Midshipmen’s vaunted running attack that is ranked second in the nation, aside from completing three of seven passes for 19 yards.

Noah Copeland garnered 59 yards on 11 carries while DeBrandon Sanders ran for 53 yards and a touchdown as the Midshipmen recorded 366 ground yards en route to victory and a 9-4 record this season.

Logan Kilgore completed 19 of 33 passes for 218 yards and was intercepted twice for the Blue Raiders (8-5), who accounted for 21 first downs but failed to reach the end zone once.

Kyle Griswould caught nine passes for 106 yards while Jeremiah Bryson ran nine times for 43 yards but the Midshipmen’s running game was simply too much for the Blue Raiders.

Reynolds opened the first with a three-yard scoring run before Cody Clark put the Blue Raiders on the board with a 43-yard field goal.

In the second, Nick Sloan handed the Midshipmen a 10-3 lead with a 32-yard touchdown run but Clark responded with a 24-yard field goal to cut the deficit to four at the break.

After a silent third period, the Midshipmen finally got some breathing room behind Reynolds’ one-yard run before Sanders put the finishing touches with a 41-yard scoring burst.

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