Reynolds leads Navy over Tem­ple

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - SPORTS - By ROB MAADDI

PHILADEL­PHIA — With a 300-pound line­man rum­bling to­ward the end zone for a game-ty­ing touch­down, Navy’s de­fense came up with its big­gest stop.

Keenan Reynolds ran for 173 yards and two touch­downs and Chris John­son re­cov­ered Bren­dan McGowan’s lat­eral at the 10 to help the Mid­ship­men hold on for a 31-24 vic­tory over Tem­ple on Satur­day.

“We put our de­fense in bad spots with turnovers, but they bat­tled all game,” Navy coach Ken Ni­u­mat­alolo said.

Reynolds only com­pleted 4 of 8 passes for 30 yards while lead­ing a triple-op­tion rush­ing at­tack with 487 yards rush­ing and help­ing Navy (1-1) re­bound from a tough loss in its sea­son opener.

The Mid­ship­men had a 14-13 lead over then-No. 5 Ohio State in the third quar­ter be­fore los­ing 34-17 last Satur­day.

P.J. Walker had 240 yards pass­ing and two TDs for Tem­ple (1-1). The Owls were com­ing off an im­pres­sive 37-7 up­set over Van­der­bilt last week.

The Mid­ship­men needed a de­fen­sive stand to pre­serve the win after Nick Sloan missed a 43-yard field goal that would’ve given them a 10-point lead.

Walker scram­bled to the 10 on the fi­nal play be­fore lat­er­al­ing the ball as he was sur­rounded by tack­lers.

McGowan, a 300pound right guard, caught Walker’s des­per­ate pitch and ran to the 9 be­fore toss­ing it back­ward. John­son snatched it out of the air to se­cure the win.

“It was chaotic,” Navy safety Par­rish Gaines said. “It was all over the place, but it was fun.”

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