Who says 13 is an unlucky number?
The 2015 Class of the Naval Academy can hold their heads high as they extended their winning streak against Army to 13 wins. First year head coach Jeff Monken also extends the streak to 11 Army Head Coaches that have lost their first Army-Navy game.
Keenan Reynolds ended his season against Army with 100 yards on the ground with a score and 77 through the air with another score. Navy was able to limit Army to 198 yards on the ground.
Angel Santiago struggled early on with only 21 yards rushing before being benched in favor for A.J. Schurr, who did not fare much better. Larry Dixon led the team with 90 rushing yards.
Army started off the game by blocking a Navy punt, where Josh Jenkins was able to rush in unblocked, and Xavier Moss returned the block seven yards for the score. Navy scored next when Reynolds hit Jamir Tillman for a nine yards pass with 18 seconds left in the half. A field goal inside of 10 minutes in the 3rd quarter gave the Midshipmen a 10-7 lead. The next drive saw a long 49-yard field goal attempt by Army's Daniel Grochowski hook left. Navy would score three minutes into the 4th quarter to go up 17-7.
Schurr, who was quoted as saying he idolizes Johnny Manziel (which Gary Danielson of CBS had a field day with, along with an unhealthy amount of terrible jokes), was able to breath some life into the stagnant Army offense. After Grochowski converted his second attempt of the day from outside 50 yards, Army lined up for the onside kick with just under two minutes to play. Navy had no one deep on the return team, which should have alerted the Army kicker to try and pooch the kick deep and let one of his teammates recover. Instead, he kicked the ball right to Micah Thomas of Navy, the Midshipmen run out the clock, ball game Navy.
Navy now prepares for their bowl game against San Diego State, while Army enters the off-season needing to replace much of their backfield and linemen. The current win streak for Navy is the longest streak in this series and will give Navy some extra momentum heading into the San Diego County Credit Poinsettia Bowl.
Player Of The Game: Keenan Reynolds
Reynolds will end his career at Navy as the record holder for most rushing touchdowns in NCAA Division 1-A history for a quarterback. If it were not for one Roger Staubach, he might be the greatest quarterback in Navy history. Still, being compared second to Mr. Staubach is nothing short of an extreme honor for this young man. He will have one final game in his collegiate career to further extend his record, which currently stands at 62 scores. Congratulations to this young man and all the young man that bravely serve our country.