Navy 58, San Jose State 52 (3 OT)

Eric Gilmore, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange


SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Keenan Reynolds rushed for 240 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns -- the most ever in NCAA history by a quarterback -- leading the Navy Midshipmen to a 58-52 victory in triple overtime against the San Jose State Spartans.
In the third overtime, Navy safety Parrish Gaines intercepted David Fales' pass in the end zone on third-and-goal from the 3. Moments later, Reynolds raced 25 yards on first down for a touchdown, sealing Navy's win.
One week after securing a berth in the Armed Forces Bowl with a 42-14 victory over South Alabama, Navy improved to 7-4 with its first victory over San Jose State in three meetings.
San Jose State fell to 5-6 and remained one win shy of bowl eligibility with a game against Fresno State remaining.
Now with 26 rushing touchdowns, Reynolds moved into second place on Navy's all-time single-season list, one behind Ricky Dobbs. He also moved into third place on the NCAA's single-season list for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback, one behind Dobbs and Collin Klein.
Reynolds became the fourth quarterback in Navy history to rush for at least 1,000 yards and pass for at least 1,000 in a season. And for the sixth straight game, he ran for at least one TD and one passed for at least one.
Fales completed 42 of 56 passes for 440 yards and five touchdowns.
Reynolds increased Navy's lead to 38-30 with a 20-yard touchdown run with 2:38 left to play. But the Spartans answered with Fales' 2-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Kyle Nunn as time ran out in regulation. The Spartans went for two, and Fales hit wide receiver Chandler Jones in the end zone, sending the game into overtime.
San Jose got the ball first, and Fales fired a 10-yard touchdown pass to Nunn, putting the pressure back on Navy. But Reynolds immediately bolted 25 yards for a touchdown, and kicker Nick Sloan kicked the PAT, making it 45-45.
In the second OT, Navy triple-optioned its way to another score with Reynolds running off left tackle for 7 yards and a touchdown, putting the Midshipmen ahead 52-45. But San Jose pulled even on Thomas Tucker's 5-yard touchdown run.
Trailing 16-10 at halftime, Navy opened the second half with a nine-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to take a 17-16 lead on Reynolds' 3-yard run up the middle. The Midshipmen had four double-digit runs on the drive as their triple-option kicked into high gear.
The Midshipmen defense forced the first punt of the game, and receiver Shawn Lynch returned it 24 yards to the Navy 46. Nine plays later, Reynolds headed right and shoveled the ball to running back Darius Staten for a 3-yard touchdown pass. That pass put Navy ahead 24-16 with 4:58 left in the third quarter.
San Jose State quickly sliced Navy's lead to 24-22 on Fales' 23-yard touchdown pass to Jones with 2:06 left in the third quarter. The Spartans went for two, but Fales' pass was incomplete.
The Spartans forced a punt and marched 88 yards for a touchdown. This time, Fales hit wide receiver Tyler Winston on a 4-yard touchdown pass in the back right corner of the end zone. Winston got behind cornerback Brendon Clements and made a leaping grab. The Spartans went for two again, and this time Fales ran into the end zone, extending San Jose State's lead to 30-24 with 9:31 left to play.
Navy roared back to take a 31-30 lead on Reynolds' 38-yard touchdown run with 7:06 remaining. Reynolds' scoring burst up the middle came two plays after he hit wide receiver Casey Bolena over the middle for 19 yards on third-and-10 from the Navy 30.
Minutes later, Navy's defense forced a huge turnover. Fales completed a short pass over the middle to running back Jarrod Lawson, but linebacker William Tuider delivered a crushing blow from behind, knocking the ball loose, and safety Wave Ryder recovered at the Navy 45 with 5:47 remaining.
San Jose State took a 3-0 lead on Austin Lopez' 41-yard field goal with 9:15 left in the first quarter, capping a 14-play, 55-yard drive to open the game.
The Spartans increased their lead to 9-0 on Foles' 25-yard touchdown pass to Tucker with 9:17 left in the first half. Tucker was wide open down the right sideline and Foles hit him with a strike for his 56th career touchdown pass, tying the school record.
Lopez missed the extra-point attempt, hitting the left upright.
Navy answered with a 10-play, 84-yard touchdown drive, all on the ground. On first-and-10 from the Spartans' 12, Reynolds shot around right end and scored, cutting San Jose State's lead to 9-7. It was his 20th rushing touchdown of the season, tying him with Chris McCoy for second all time at Navy.
San Jose State responded with a nine-play, 75-yard touchdown drive. Foles threw a 30-yard dart
over the middle to wide receiver Tim Crawley, giving the Spartans first-and-goal from the 4. Three
plays later, running back Jarrod Lawson bulled into the end zone from 2 yards, making it 16-7.
Navy drove to San Jose State's 20 but settled for Nick Sloan's 37-yard field goal with 3:05 left in the half.
NOTES: Navy WR Matt Aiken suffered an injury to his left knee with 5:02 left in the first quarter when he was tackled after making a catch. He had to be helped off the field. ... Sophomore OT Joey Gaston and sophomore C Blaze Ryder made their first career starts for the Midshipmen. ... Navy starting C Tanner Fleming missed the game with a concussion. ... San Jose State starting G Ryan Jones (foot surgery) missed the game. Rueben Hasani started in his place. ... Sophomore CB Myer Krah made his second straight start in place of Kwazel Bertrand, who suffered a concussion two weeks ago against Hawaii and did not suit up for last week's game against South Alabama.

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