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              === Reynolds, Navy top MTSU in Armed Forces Bowl ===
 Fort   Worth,  TX  (  -  Record-setting  quarterback  Keenan
 Reynolds ran for two more touchdowns Monday to help Navy beat Middle Tennessee
 24-6 in the Armed Forces Bowl.
 The  score  could have  been even  more lopsided if  not for Reynolds fumbling
 twice deep in Middle Tennessee territory.
 Reynolds  paced Navy's option offense with 86 yards on 20 carries and finished
 the  season with  31 rushing  touchdowns, the  most in  a single  season by  a
 quarterback in NCAA history.
 DeBrandon  Sanders also ran for a touchdown as the Midshipmen (9-4) closed out
 the campaign on a five-game winning streak.
 Logan  Kilgore  totaled 218 yards  on 19-of-33  passing, but threw two fourth-
 quarter interceptions to foil Middle Tennessee's comeback bid.
 The Blue Raiders (8-5) had won five games in a row heading into the bowl game,
 during which they averaged 42.6 points.
 "I  thought  our guys played really,  really well, played physical," Navy head
 coach  Ken  Niumatalolo said.  "We knew  it would be  a physical ballgame. I'm
 just proud of the way our guys battled and kept them out of the end zone."
 Navy came up with a critical fourth-down stop on defense in the third quarter.
 Middle  Tennessee,  trailing 10-6, faced a  4th-and-2 from the Navy 7 and kept
 its offense on the field, but fullback Corey Carmichael managed only a yard.
 Reynolds  coughed up the  ball a second time on the ensuing drive and the Blue
 Raiders recovered inside their own 10.
 After  Middle Tennessee  punted to conclude the third quarter, Reynolds atoned
 for the giveaway by capping an 11-play, 80-yard sequence with a short TD run.
 Sanders  then followed up  a Kilgore turnover with a 41-yard sprint to the end
 Kilgore was picked off near the goal line later in the fourth.
 "Really  proud of my  team. It hurts to lose this game, but I was really proud
 of  how we  played and how we  competed out there," said Middle Tennessee head
 coach Rick Stockstill.
 Navy opened the game by covering 59 yards in 10 plays, and Reynolds capped the
 drive with a 3-yard keeper.
 Cody  Clark nailed a career-long 43-yard field goal on the Blue Raiders' first
 possession and hit a 24-yarder to trim the deficit to 10-6 with 6:38 remaining
 in the second quarter.
 The  Midshipmen answered Clark's first kick with a 32-yarder by Nick Sloan and
 were  looking  to counter again  as they reached the  red zone, but a Reynolds
 fumble derailed the drive.
                                   Game Notes
 Reynolds  became the  fourth player  in FBS  history to  rush for  30 or  more
 touchdowns  in a  season. He joined Barry Sanders, Montee Ball and Kapri Bibbs
 ...  Navy  recorded its first bowl  victory since beating Missouri in the 2009
 Texas  Bowl ...  Navy safety Wave Ryder  was ejected in the second quarter for
 targeting  a defenseless  player ... Middle Tennessee linebacker Roderic Blunt
 was  ejected  in the fourth quarter  after picking up a second unsportsmanlike
 conduct penalty.
 12/30 17:11:49 ET

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