Senior quarterback Keenan Reynolds had already cemented his name in college football history this season by setting the NCAA FBS record for total career touchdowns and on Saturday he did it again...by setting the same record.
Reynolds originally set the record with his 85th career touchdown scored in the win over Army. Running back Kenneth Dixon of Louisiana Tech, however, was hot on Reynolds' heels and actually surpassed him with a four touchdown performance in the New Orleans Bowl. Dixon finished with 87 touchdowns, two ahead of Reynolds' 85.
"Somebody texted me and was like, "Yeah, somebody tied your record," and I was kind of confused and I looked him up and I saw that he had four touchdowns in his bowl game," Reynolds said.
"I'm a competitor, I'm not going to lie to you. I was like, I've got to get that record back."
With his three touchdowns in the Military Bowl, Reynolds took the record back from Dixon for good as both of their collegiate careers have now come to an end.
Reynolds tied the record with two first quarter touchdowns. His record breaker came in the fourth quarter with Pitt trying to mount a rally. Reynolds took the ball from the nine and weaved his way into the end zone to put Navy up 44-28.
"I knew that I would have opportunities and I was just trying to make the best of my opportunities," Reynolds said. "If I didn't get it, it's not the end of the world. At the end of the day, it's all about winning, but to be able to seal the game and get the record at the same time is pretty cool."
That was not the only record of the day for the senior quarterback. With a 48-yard scamper in the third quarter, Reynolds also set the all-time mark for rushing yards by a quarterback in FBS history. Reynolds' class now leaves tied for the most wins in school history and the eleven games Navy won this season was also a single-season school record.
How was this guy not a Heisman finalist?
After the game, coach Ken Niumatalolo was effusive with his praise.
"All of Keenan Reynolds' accomplishments are well deserved. He is a once in a generation player. ... And he has handled all of it with grace, dignity and class."
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