- Associated Press - Saturday, October 25, 2014

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - San Jose State, and coach Ron Caragher in particular, have no desire to see Navy again anytime soon.

The Spartans ended a four-game series with Navy in depressing fashion Saturday, dropping a 41-31 decision that wasn’t really that close.

Junior quarterback Keenan Reynolds ran for a career-high 251 yards, breaking the mark of 240 he set last year in a 58-52 overtime win over San Jose State. His three touchdowns gave him 10 in two games against San Jose State.

“I’m very pleased that we won’t have to face him again,” Caragher said. “He’s had two career days against the Spartans, and I’m glad they are not on the schedule next year.”

San Jose State (3-4) ended up splitting its four games against Navy (4-4).

“As many nightmares and nights of lost sleep I have with them, I respect … the academies,” Caragher said. “I think it’s been a good, balanced game (although) this year wasn’t as competitive as the previous two.”

Joe Gray went 33 for 46 for 322 yards and three touchdowns for San Jose State.

“We passed for a good number of yards, but I think we left some opportunities on the table,” Caragher said. “We had some guys open; we just had some misses.”

The Spartans hung with Navy for a while, but they had no answer for Reynolds.

Reynolds missed Navy’s previous game on Oct. 11 with knee and shoulder injuries. After resting during a bye, the junior put on a performance that earned him a place in the school record book.

Reynolds’ three touchdowns gave him 52 for his career, breaking the Navy record of 49 held by Ricky Dobbs (2008-10).

After falling behind 3-0, the Midshipmen peeled off five touchdowns and two field goals over their next six possessions. Navy used a 24-point second quarter to go up 24-17 at halftime, then took control in the third quarter with a 98-yard drive that ended with a touchdown and a 31-17 lead.

Reynolds ran for 93 yards on 11 carries during the 13-play march, including a 2-yard touchdown.

An 8-yard run by Navy’s DeBrandon Sanders made it 38-17 with 14:21 remaining, and at that point the Midshipmen could begin looking forward to next Saturday’s matchup against Notre Dame.

Reynolds had a career-high 39 carries and scored on runs of 8, 3 and 2 yards. He had 17 yards in the first quarter, 100 in the second quarter and added 106 in the third period.

At the outset, however, Reynolds showed his rust by losing a fumble on the game’s first play from scrimmage.

Gray gave it back by throwing an interception near the goal-line, but the Spartans’ next possession lasted 18 plays over 7 1/2 minutes before Austin Lopez kicked a 22-yard field goal.

Because the San Jose State defense was jamming the line, Reynolds opted to test the nation’s top-ranked unit against the pass. Completions of 27 and 13 yards set up a 6-yard touchdown run by Noah Copeland on the opening play of the second quarter.

Gray promptly took the Spartans the other way and threw a 6-yard TD pass to Billy Freeman.

Reynolds then ran 47 yards to the San Jose State 12 before scoring from the 8 to put Navy ahead for good. Minutes later, Reynolds scored again to make it 21-10.

An impressive display of balance brought San Jose State to 21-17. Tim Crawley caught a short pass and was seemingly tackled by Quincy Adams, but Crawley twisted out of Adams’ grasp and regained his footing before sprinting into the end zone for a 33-yard touchdown.

Reynolds then took Navy 73 yards to set up a field goal on the final play of the half.

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