Reynolds leads Navy over Temple
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.”