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10/13/2012 12:08 AM EDT
Reynolds leads Navy past Central Michigan, 31-13
NAVY 31, CENTRL MICHIGAN 13
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) -- Navy's triple option worked so well
the Midshipmen added a wrinkle.
Keenan Reynolds threw three touchdown passes - two on
play-action calls - to lead Navy to its second straight victory,
31-13 over Central Michigan.
Reynolds, a freshman who filled in for injured starter Trey
Miller and rallied Navy to an overtime victory last week at Air
Force, was 6 of 11 for 139 yards and also ran for 59 yards for
the Midshipmen (3-3).
"Our playmakers were running wild," he said. "I had to get them
the ball. I felt comfortable throwing the ball."
Making his first career start, Reynolds became the first Navy
quarterback to throw three touchdown passes since Chris McCoy
against Colgate in 1997.
"He showed great composure," coach Ken Niumatalolo said. "We're
super impressed with him."
Twelve of the Midshipmen's first 14 plays were runs, but
Reynolds caught the Chippewas over-playing the run on the final
plays of Navy's first two drives. He found a wide-open Brandon
Turner for a 23-yard strike on a play-action pass and hit Gee
Gee Greene with a 19-yarder on an almost identical play later in
the first quarter.
Reynolds teamed with Greene again on a 41-yard scoring pass in
the third quarter.
"It's kind of rare to have a plebe come out with the performance
he did, but he did very well," Greene said about the freshman
The Midshipmen outgained the Chippewas (2-4) 238-70 on the
ground. Noah Copeland ran for 70 yards on 15 carries, and
Prentice Christian finished with 64 yards and a touchdown on 13
"I thought we got out-executed tonight," Chippewas coach Dan
Enos said. "You have to give Navy credit. They did a good job.
They kept things in front of them on defense and on offense they
do what they always do."
Central Michigan cut it to 17-10 in the final minute of the
first half on Ryan Radcliff's 29-yard touchdown pass to Titus
Davis. The Chippewas closed the gap with a field goal early in
the second half, but never threatened the rest of the night.
Christian answered with his touchdown and, after the Chippewas
were forced to punt from their own end zone, Greene effectively
ended the game with his second touchdown catch.
Radcliff was 11 of 19 for 139 yards and a touchdown before being
pulled early in the fourth quarter.
Niumatalolo was pleased with his defense's work against a
quarterback that came into the game averaging 259 yards. Nearly
all the pressure and three sacks came from a three-man front.
"That's a good offense," Niumatalolo said. "They've scored a lot
of points against a lot of people and I was very proud of the
way our defense played."
Davis caught two passes for 48 yards, including his 13th
touchdown catch in 18 career games.
The loss was the third straight for the Chippewas. They are 0-3
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