Recapping Navy Football's Memorable 2013 Campaign
Jan. 13, 2014
Mids Conclude Remarkable Campaign With Bowl Win; 2013 Team Joins Elite List
Navy finished the 2013 campaign with a 9-4 record, won the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy for the ninth time in the last 11 years, qualified for a bowl game for the 10th time in the last 11 years, won a bowl game for just the eighth time in school history and defeated Army for a series-record 12th consecutive year.
The 2013 team is just the fifth in Navy's 132-year history of playing football to win at least nine games in a season, beat Army and win a bowl game. The 1957, 1978, 2004 and 2009 teams also achieved the feat.
Navy has won at least nine games five times in the last 10 years. Before the current streak, Navy had won nine or more games just five times in the previous 77 seasons.
Junior guard Jake Zuzek was named to the USA Today All-Bowl Team, while junior safety George Jamison was named to the ESPN.Com All-Bowl Team.
Sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds was named the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Most Valuable Player for Navy.
Reynolds was named the Male Athlete of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Columbus, Ohio on Dec. 5. He will be honored on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the 59th annual Touchdown Club of Columbus Award. Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M won the award last year.
Reynolds was named the MVP of the Army-Navy Game presented by the Philadelphia Sportswriters Association. He will be honored at the PSWA annual dinner on Jan. 27 at he Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, N.J .
Reynolds was named an Honorable Mention All-American by Sports Illustrated.
Reynolds, Zuzek, junior tackle Bradyn Heap, senior linebacker Cody Peterson, freshman corner Brendon Clements and senior kick returner Marcus Thomas were named All-East by the ECAC.
Reynolds and Peterson were selected First-Team All-Independent by Phil Steele.
SB Nation tabbed Reynolds its Independent Offensive Player of the Year and Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo the Independent Coach of the Year.
Peterson was selected to the East-West Shrine All-Star game in St. Petersburg, Fla. He will not play in the game due to surgery on his shoulders.
Nine Navy football players were named to the 2013 FBS All-Independent Team. Reynolds was named the 2013 FBS All-Independent Offensive Player of the Year. Joining Reynolds on the All-Independent First Team were Heap, Peterson, junior safety/cornerback Parrish Gaines. Honorable mention selections for the Midshipmen include djunior punter Pablo Beltran, Clements, junior outside linebacker Chris Johnson, Thomas and Zuzek.
Defense Leads The Way In 24-6 Victory Over MIddle Tennessee In The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
Fort Worth, Texas (AP) - Keenan Reynolds joined the 30-touchdown rushing club in Navy's 24-6 victory over Middle Tennessee in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.
Reynolds had a three-yard score to cap the opening drive for Navy (9-4) and added a one-yarder in the fourth quarter. Already holding the NCAA record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback, Reynolds upped his total to 31 to match Colorado State running back Kapri Bibbs, also a sophomore, for the national lead this season.
The only players with more rushing TDs in a season were Barry Sanders (37) with Oklahoma State and Wisconsin's Montee Ball (33).
Navy piled up 366 yards rushing and finished its season with five straight victories.
The Blue Raiders (8-5) were held to a season low in points. They had finished the regular season with a five-game winning streak, averaging nearly 43 points a game in that stretch - since a 34-7 loss on Oct. 12 at North Texas.
Reynolds lost two fumbles, matching his total during the regular season, but Middle Tennessee failed to convert into points on either of the miscues. Both fumbles were recovered by linebacker T.T. Barber, Middle Tennessee's MVP, after Navy drove inside the 20.
Down 10-6 at halftime, the Blue Raiders moved to the Navy seven on the opening drive of the second half. They went for it on fourth down instead of trying a short field goal, but fullback Corey Carmichael managed only a yard before getting taken down by Travis Bridges and George Jamison, who also had an interception.
Navy tied or set five Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl records in the win over MIddle Tennessee.
Navy's 21 rushing first downs broke the previous record of 18 set by Air Force in 2007 and 2009.
Navy's 158 yards rushing in the fourth quarter were the most yards rushing by a team in a quarter. The previous record was 126 by Air Force in 2007.
Navy's 241 yards rushing in a half broke the previous record of 206 by Air Force in 2009.
Keenan Reynolds' two rushing touchdowns tied a bowl record set by six other players.
The combined four first down by penalty (Navy-3, Middle Tennessee-1) tied a bowl record.
Navy Bowl History
The 2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl was Navy's 19th bowl appearance and the 10th in the last 11 years.
Navy owns an 8-10-1 bowl game record all-time.
The six points allowed by the Navy defense were the fewest in any bowl game this season and Navy was the only team not to allow a touchdown this bowl season. It was also the fewest points the Mids have allowed in a bowl game since shutting out Ole Miss, 21-0, in the 1955 Sugar Bowl.
Navy Quick Hitters
Navy played eight teams in 2013 that were bowl eligible with the Mids posting a 4-4 record in those games. Navy earned wins over Pitt, South Alabama, San Jose State and Middle Tennessee and lost to Western Kentucky, Duke, Toledo and Notre Dame.
Navy has been dominant against the other two Service Academies, winning 21 of the last 23 contests (.913) dating back to the 2002 Army-Navy game. Over that time period, the Mids are 12-0 against Army and 9-2 against Air Force.
The Mids own a 92-49 (.652) record over the last 11 years after posting a 3-30 (.091) mark from 2000-02. The 92 wins are the 25th most in the country over that time period.
Ken Niumatalolo is just the second coach in school history to start his coaching career at Navy with a 6-0 record against rival Army. Paul Johnson turned in a 6-0 mark against West Point from 2002-07 before leaving Navy for Georgia Tech.
Niumatalolo has led the Midshipmen to a 49-30 (.620) record in his six seasons as the head coach and is third all-time at Navy in career wins. Additionally, he holds Navy coaching records for most wins in the first two (18), three (27), four (32), five (40) and sixth (49) seasons of a career.
Sophomore Keenan Reynolds owns a 15-6 (.714) career record as the starting quarterback with wins over Central Michigan, Indiana (2x), East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Texas State, Army (2x), Delaware, Air Force, Pitt, Hawai'i, South Alabama, San Jose State and Middle Tennessee.
Reynolds has led Navy to five fourth-quarter comeback wins over his career (Air Force in 2012, Indiana in 2012, Army in 2012, Pitt in 2013 and San Jose State in 2013).
Niumatalolo Third All-Time AT Navy In Career Wins
Ken Niumatalolo has led the Midshipmen to a 49-30 (.620) record in his six seasons as the head coach and stands third all-time at Navy in career wins.
Niumatalolo holds Navy coaching records for most wins in the first two seasons (18), three seasons (27), four seasons (32), five seasons (40) and sixth seasons (49) of a career.
Niumatalolo is the first Samoan head football coach on the collegiate level and the second Polynesian head coach in FBS history (Larry Price, who was the head coach at Hawai'i from 1974-76, was the first).
Niumatalolo was recently selected as a member of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame inaugural class.