EAST HARTFORD, Conn. Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds ran 28 times for 142 yards and three touchdowns and threw for another score as Navy beat the UConn football team by a 28-18 on Saturday before a crowd of 33,204 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. UConn falls to 2-2 on the season and 0-1 in American Athletic Conference while Navy is 3-0 for the first time 2006 and 2-0.
Reynolds had touchdown runs of 10, 4 and 10 yards to give him 73 for his career, second in NCAA history behind former Wisconsin star Monte Ball, who ran for 77. The senior threw the ball just four times, but completed three of those, including a 19-yard touchdown to Jamir Tillman that gave Navy a 14-3 lead in the second quarter.
Navy had 343 yards of offense, 303 of them on the ground, but the Huskies held with them on that category with 325. Navy fullback Chris Swain ran 10 times for 58 yards.
UConn redshirt sophomore quarterback Bryant Sherriffs (Jefferson, Ga.) threw for 219 yards on a 19 of 32 performance with a pair of TD passes. Freshman wide receiver Tyraiq Beals (East Orange, N.J.) caught six passes for 63 yards and a score for the Huskies.
The Mids scored touchdowns on four of their first five possessions, but the Husky defense dug in and forced Navy to punt twice and be out on fourth down the rest of the game.
The Huskies went out to a 3-0 lead on a 38-yasd field goal by redshirt junior Bobby Puyol (North Palm Beach, Fla), but Navy scored TDs on a 10-yard rush by Reynolds and a 19-yard pass from Reynolds to Jamir Tillman that made it 14-3 Navy with 7:02 to play in the first half.
Shirreffs hit Beals for a 39-yard TD pass with 3:29 left in the half that closed the gap to 14-10 Mids. Navy took advantage of the time left in the half to move the ball 77 yards on 14 plays as Reynolds scored on a four-yard run for a 21-10 halftime score.
Reynolds capped a 10 play-69 yard drive four seconds into the fourth quarter on a 10-yard TD run that made it 28-10 Navy.
The Huskies made a late run at the game as redshirt sophomore tight end Tommy Myers (Coventry, Conn.) had a six-yard TD reception and Shirreffs hit junior wide receiver Noel Thomas (Norwalk, Conn.) for a two-point conversion to close to within ten.
UConn recovered the onside kick but could not gain a first down on four tries. The Huskies then held the Mids on their next two defensive possessions but could not take advantage on offense.
Sophomore Arkeel Newsome (Ansonia, Conn.) got the start at tailback for the Huskies and had 14 carries on 69 yards. He also had five receptions for 51 yards while Thomas had five receptions for 78 yards.
UConn returns to action this Friday when it travels to BYU for a 10:15 p.m. Eastern game. That game will be nationally televised on ESPN2 and heard on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.