Navy seems to be enjoying their first year as a member of the American Athletic Conference. The Midshipmen have already secured two victories in conference play, including yesterday’s 28-13 victory against Connecticut. As is typically the case, Navy’s success starts with the performance of quarterback Keenan Reynolds, who continues to be moving closer to making some NCAA history more commonly reserved for running backs.
Reynolds rushed for three touchdowns in Navy’s win this weekend, giving Reynolds 73 career rushing touchdowns. That puts him just four touchdown runs away from tying the NCAA’s all-time rushing TD record of 77, currently held by former Wisconsin running back Montee Ball. Reynolds is also easily on pace to set a Division 1 career rushing touchdown record as well. Among all Division one programs, Georgia Southern’s Adrian Peterson (must be something with that name) had 84 career rushing touchdowns between 2004 and 2006.
Reynolds may be too far removed from the NCAA all-division career rushing touchdown mark, which is 125 career rushing touchdowns. That belongs to Mount Union’s Nate Kmic, between 2005 and 2008. The Division 2 record is owned by Germaine Race of Pittsburg State (2003-2006).
Reynolds already owns the NCAA FBS record for most career rushing attempts by a quarterback, most career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback, most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a season, and most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a single game.
This week Reynolds and Navy host Air Force. Last season Reynolds rushed for just 27 yards and one touchdown on 21 rushing attempts against the rival service academy. He did rush for three touchdowns against Air Force in 2013, the last time Navy hosted the Falcons.