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Reynolds rallies Navy past Florida Atlantic 24-17

Reynolds rallies Navy past Florida Atlantic 24-17

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Keenan Reynolds ran for 159 yards and a touchdown and threw two scoring passes to Brandon Turner, helping Navy beat Florida Atlantic 24-17 on Saturday for its fifth straight victory.

By winning in their first game against the Owls (2-7), the Midshipmen (6-3) earned a spot in the Dec. 29 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco, where they will face a Pac-12 opponent. It will be the ninth bowl appearance in 10 years for Navy.

Reynolds completed 8 of 15 passes for 147 yards, as the Midshipmen rallied from a 10-0 deficit by scoring on four consecutive possessions.

But Navy had to hold on after Jonathan Wallace's second touchdown of the game, a 3-yard fourth-quarter scamper, got the Owls within seven points. Wallace finished with 111 yards on 28 carries.

Since taking over as Navy's starting quarterback four games ago, Reynolds has passed for eight touchdowns and run for four more. He briefly left the game with about 12 minutes remaining with an apparent left arm injury, but later returned.

Graham Wilbert completed 25 of 35 passes for 205 yards for Florida Atlantic.

Navy's five-game winning streak is its first since 2009.

Wilbert connected on nine of his first 10 passes, helping the Owls take a 7-0 lead on a methodical 15-play drive that featured only one play longer than nine yards and chewed nearly eight minutes off the clock. Wallace scored on a right-side run from 1 yard out on the second play of the second quarter.

Mitch Anderson sneaked a low, 53-yard kick over the crossbar for a 10-0 lead, tying Mark Myers' record set in 2003 for the longest field goal in school history.

A 48-yard run by Reynolds finally breathed some life into the Navy offense by moving the ball to Florida Atlantic's 33-yard line. Four plays later, Reynolds found Turner cutting through the left side of the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown pass.

On the next possession, the Owls turned the ball over on downs at Navy's 15, and the Midshipmen needed only 2:03 to go ahead 14-10 on Reynolds' 1-yard keeper with 7 seconds left in the first half.

On the opening drive of the second half, Navy marched 67 yards on nine plays, capped by a 31-yard strike from Reynolds to Turner.

On the ensuing drive, Navy's Kwazel Bertrand recovered a fumble by Damian Fortner at midfield, and the Midshipmen turned the turnover into a 20-yard field goal by Nick Sloan for a 24-10 lead with 2:08 remaining in the third quarter.

After Reynolds departed with the apparent left arm injury, backup quarterback Trey Miller fumbled on his first play, with the Owls' Trevon Coley recovering. It took Florida Atlantic seven plays to cut the lead to 24-17 on Wallace's 3-yard TD run.

Reynolds returned for Navy's next series and drove the Midshipmen to the Owls' 34, where Sloan missed a 51-yard field goal try. Florida Atlantic then got as far as the Navy 22, where Wilbert's fourth-down pass fell incomplete.

Cavaliers clamp down on Pitt

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Cavaliers clamp down on Pitt

PITTSBURGH -- No. 1 Virginia allowed just seven points in the first half and secured the regular-season Atlantic Coast Conference title outright with a 66-37 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Freshman guard De'Andre Hunter came off the bench to lead the Cavaliers (26-2, 14-1 ACC) with 14 points in a game that didn't take big offensive efforts from Virginia's regulars. Of the five starters, only guard Ty Jerome exceeded his season average with 13 points.

The game was never competitive, as Virginia started on an 8-0 run and Pitt didn't make a field goal until Jared Wilson-Frame hit a 3-pointer at the midway point of the first half.

Virginia coach Tony Bennett rested most of his regulars in the second half. Reserve Nigel Johnson added 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting.

Parker Stewart led Pitt (8-22, 0-17) with 12 points, all on 3-pointers. Pitt had next to no presence inside. The Panthers were outscored 28-8 in the paint and out-rebounded 36-24. Seven of Pitt's 11 made field goals were from beyond the arc.

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3 reasons the Caps beat the Sabres

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3 reasons the Caps beat the Sabres

The Caps could not shake Buffalo for two periods, but a dominant finish on Saturday helped them pull away for a 5-1 win. Here's how they finally put away the Sabres.​

A quick start

Strong stars go a long way towards helping a team in the middle of a slump. It's a confidence boost for a team in desperate need of one and the Caps got that boost on Saturday from Evgeny Kuznetsov. Kuznetsov used his wheels to zip in behind the defense and score just 50 seconds into the game. Washington led 1-0 at the end of the first, just the second time in 19 games they have held a lead after the first.

Andre Burakovsky snapping second period slump

It looked in the second period like the Caps were caught trying to protect the lead again, but Andre Burakovsky woke the team back up with his incredible highlight end-to-end goal. It really looked like Buffalo was going to tie the game at one, but instead, Burakovsky extended the lead to two. Going end to end the way he did shows a player who is starting to play with some confidence, something Burakovsky has lacked at points this season.

Ovechkin's two-goal third period

Buffalo just would not go away. Sam Reinhart got the Sabres on the board just 14 seconds into the third period and suddenly the Caps found themselves in a one-goal game again. But Ovechkin ended any hopes for the comeback as he struck in the top corner of the net on the power play form the office. He would later add a deflection goal late to extend the lead to 5-1, giving a scuffling Washington team the dominant win they so sorely needed.