Pittsburgh's 21st ranked rushing defense failed to stop the Midshipmen from racking up 417 rushing yards. Navy defeated the Panthers 44-28.

Pittsburgh's 21st ranked rushing defense failed to stop the Midshipmen from racking up 417 rushing yards as Navy defeated the Panthers 44-28 in the Military Bowl on Saturday.

Photos by Alison Althouse

The Panthers got off to an early start, taking the opening kickoff back 100 yards for a touchdown but the Mids responded with a 10-play, 75 yard drive capped by a one-yard Keenan Reynolds touchdown run.

After forcing a Pittsburgh punt, Navy orchestrated another long drive leading to Reynolds second score of the night to take a 14-7 lead.

Lorentez Barbour intercepted a pass with 6:04 remaining in the first half to set Navy up for a Reynolds touchdown pass to Tyler Carmona, who was found wide open in the back of the end zone to put the Mids up 21-7.

The Panthers promptly drove down the field, but were intercepted in the end zone by Brendon Clements before the end of the half.

Navy started the second half with some trickery when Reynolds caught a halfback pass from Shawn White for 47 yards.  

Senior Demond Brown took off on an option play, diving from 5 yards out into the end zone to put Navy on top 28-7.

After forcing a punt, Navy was held to a field goal, taking a 31-7 lead on their next drive.

Pittsburgh responded by showing some life on offense to narrow the deficit to 31-14.

A Navy fumble was returned 22 yards for a touchdown by Pittsburgh to quickly trim the lead to 21-31.

The Midshipmen responded with a 14-play, 68 yard drive capped by a 15-yard touchdown run by Toneo Gulley to make the score 38-21.

The Panthers took less than two minutes to score when a 45-yard touchdown run cut the lead to 28-38.

A huge run by Dishan Romine who cut back across the field for 43-yards quickly put the Mids back in scoring position.  

Later in the drive, Keenan Reynolds scored his 88th career to reclaim the career rushing touchdown record from Louisiana  Tech's Kenneth Dixon.  

Brendon Clements secured the victory with his second interception of the night 

In his final game in a Navy uniform Reynolds set a new career rushing yards for a quarterback record to surpass Michigan's Denard Robinsons record set in 2012.  Reynolds led the team in passing, rushing, and receiving yards. 

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