Middle Tennessee State quickly found out how difficult it would be trying to stop Navy's triple-option offense.
The Midshipmen ran 10 consecutive times on the game's opening drive, with quarterback Keenan Reynolds going 3 yards for the first of his two touchdowns to put them ahead to stay in a 24-6 victory Monday in the Armed Forces Bowl.
''It hurts to lose this game, but I was really proud of how we played out there,'' Blue Raiders coach Rick Stockstill said. ''It's hard to simulate on a scout team what Navy does.''
Especially Reynolds, who increased his NCAA record for touchdowns rushing by a quarterback to 31 while matching Colorado State running back Kapri Bibbs, another sophomore, for the national lead this season.
Even though Reynolds lost two fumbles, matching his total during the regular season, the Blue Raiders (8-5) failed to convert into points either of the miscues. Both fumbles were recovered by linebacker T.T. Barber, the...