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Keenan Reynolds Owns Dozens of Records, But One Stands Above the Rest

Keenan Reynolds capped off one of the most successful careers in Navy Football history this week by breaking more records in the Military Bowl. However, not all records are broken equally.

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He had already broken two major records in the game to add to his growing list.

After a 5 yard TD scamper gave him 524 career points scored with just under a minute to go in the first quarter, he overtook Kenneth Dixon of Louisiana Tech to reclaim what had already been his before.

Then, as he dashed and darted his way past multiple layers of the Pittsburgh defense for 48 yards, he overtook former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson for the most rushing yards by a QB in FBS history.  That drive resulted in a field goal and 24 point lead.

After 45 games as the starting quarterback and 4 years establishing himself as the most prolific triple option quarterback in FBS history, there was only one more individual record left to break.

He admitted after the game that he wanted that record.  Louisiana Tech's Dixon had taken it from him in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, and like any competitor, he wanted it back.

The momentum began to waver, if only slightly.  After a Chris Swain fumble was returned for a touchdown, Pitt had cut the lead to 10.  It took two fourth down conversions and a great run by Toneo Gulley to extend the lead back to 17.  Four plays later, a Qadree Ollison TD cut the lead to 10 again.

With just under ten minutes to go in the game, there was only one record on Keenan Reynolds' mind.  The offense marched down the field, utilizing a critical offsides penalty on fourth down inside the red zone to put the game on the verge of being out of reach.

From the Pitt 9 yard line, Reynolds took the snap, and on a designed quarterback draw, he ran straight ahead for the 88th touchdown of his illustrious career.  That moved him back in front of Dixon for total touchdowns in FBS history.

That wasn't the record he was thinking about, however.  Sure, the competitor in him wanted to get number 88, but the leader in him wanted to get number 11.

As the seconds ticked down and the "I Believe" chant could be heard, Reynolds had finished his career in style, ending the game as the team leader in rushing (144 yards), passing (126 yards), and receiving (47 yards).

His resume now looks something like this:

NCAA FBS Records:

Most rushing TDs in a career-88

Most total TDs in a career-88

Most games scoring 3 or more TDs in a career-16

Most rushing TDs by a QB in a season (1st, 4th, and 5th) 31 (2013), 24 (2015), 23 (2014)

First player ever with 3 seasons of 23 or more rushing TDs

Most rushing yards for QB in a career (4,559)

Most points in a career any position (530)

Most TDs in game against FBS opponent (7)

Most 200 rushing yard games by active player (4)

Most 100 rushing yard games by active QB (22)

Active leader in game-winning drives (7)

Navy Records:

Consecutive games with rushing TD (14)

Most rushing yards in a career (4,559)

Most points in a game (42)

Most points in a season (188)

Most points responsible for in a season (236)

Only two-time 1000 yard rushing/1000 yard passing seasons in Navy history

Most total offense in a season (2,623)

Most rushing attempts in a career (977)

Most points responsible for in a career (710)

Most yards rushing by QB in a game (277)

Lowest interception percentage in a career (.017)

Career Touchdown Passes (31)

Miscellaneous nuggets:

6th FBS QB ever to pass and rush for 4,000 yards in a career

Finished 5th in the 2015 Heisman Trophy Voting

Named 3rd team 2015 AP All-American

2015 AAC First Team QB and Offensive Player of the Year

When asked after the game which record meant the most to him, one of the most decorated quarterbacks in college football history didn't hesitate with his response.  He didn't take the time to scroll through a mental rolodex of everything that he had accomplished.  He knew exactly what was the most important.

"Most wins in a season."

After all the records had fallen and it was all complete, the most important record for Keenan Reynolds was win number 11.

Navy finished the season 11-2, the most wins ever in the 135 year history of Navy Football.  That win also gave the senior class 36 wins, tied for the most in Navy history.

This shouldn't really come as a surprise.  Reynolds said from day one this season that records are meant to be broken, that he wanted to leave a legacy, and that legacy would come from winning football games.

Keenan Reynolds is a winner, there's no doubt about it. When he passed up the chance to grab the FBS rushing TD record at Memphis earlier this season, he showed us all what his legacy at Navy will be.

Whatever it takes to win.

An 11 win season.  A top 20 ranking to finish the season.  36 wins for the senior class. 4-0 against Army.

His records may come and go, but Keenan Reynolds' legacy won't soon be forgotten.