PHILADELPHIA – With perfection at stake, Keenan Reynolds ended his Navy career with a clean sweep against Army.
Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo just might leave the academy the same way.
Reynolds rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another score to lead the No. 21 Midshipmen to their 14th straight win over the Black Knights, 21-17 on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field.
"That was the No. 1 goal," Reynolds said. "To be able to be here four years and never lose against Army, that's huge."
The Midshipmen (10-2) can hook an anchor to the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy. It's coming back to Annapolis, Md., after a one-year hiatus.
"We get to go to the White House this year and get our trophy back," Reynolds said.
Reynolds' second rushing TD was his 85th career score, the most for any FBS or FCS Division I player. Hoist that broom to the mast: Reynolds is the first QB to go 4-for-4 in a classic rivalry that began in 1890.
Niumatalolo improved to 8-0 against the Black Knights two days before he is set to visit BYU to talk about the program's coaching vacancy.
Niumatalolo, the winningest coach in Navy history, seemed focused with "Damn The Torpedoes" stitched on the back of his hat. But he had much more on his mind than just beating Army (2-10) again.
He could leave after eight seasons to follow his heart and his religion to BYU.
"We're an institution, and we're certainly a football program, that's steeped in team and not about 'me.' All of a sudden, it's become about that," Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said.