Score - Navy: 37 South Alabama: 7
Look out, Peyton Manning. Keenan Reynolds has become a gunslinger.
While Navy has always been known for its triple option offense and running the football, Reynolds has provided the team with an added threat in his ability to pick defenses apart with his arm.
His arm was on complete display against South Alabama as he threw for three touchdown passes in the first half. The first was on a nine-yard slant to Marcus Thomas. The second came on a wheel route by Ryan Williams-Jenkins that led to a 47-yard score. And the third was on a beautiful fade route that Matt Aiken caught in the corner of the end zone for a two-yard completion.
It was a impressive to see Reynolds show he can make all the throws while South Alabama could do nothing to slow down Navy’s offense.
The Midshipmen mounted a 34-0 lead in the third quarter before South Alabama got on the board with a touchdown, and the outcome had been decided long before then.
The Navy defense was outstanding again, holding South Alabama to only 139 yards of total offense, and the offense was a picture of balance, running for 231 yards and passing for 193 yards.
The Naval Academy executed in every aspect of the game and had no trouble picking up that ninth win of the season.
If he keeps this up, Keenan Reynolds could be a contender for the Heisman Trophy by the end of his career. He threw for 176 yards and three touchdowns while also running for another 120 yards and one touchdown.
Navy now has to take the long trip across the country to face a very dangerous San Jose State team. The defense will be tested again and it won’t be easy to travel to the West Coast, and Navy will need to play well in order to get to 10 wins.