Swan song: College football standouts say so long in today's bowl games

12/28/15 by Matthew S. Vandriak

Two games start the 2nd week of college football bowl season. The Military Bowl will mark the final collegiate game of Navy standout Keenan Reynolds. While Minnesota will try to make it a perfect 3 and 0 this year for team's with sub .500 records in bowl games. Let's take a look at Monday's matchups.
Military Bowl #21 Navy vs Pittsburgh 2:30pm
At 10 and 2, Navy is a win away from a school record in wins. At 8 and 4, Pitt is trying to win 9 games for the first time since 2009. To do so, the Panthers will have to find a way to slow down Keenan Reynolds, who is wrapping up his storied college playing career in this one. Reynolds has put up over 2,300 yards in total offense this season, rushing for 1,229 yards and 21 touchdowns, while passing for 1,077 yards and 7 more scores. Reynolds is the all time NCAA leader in rushing touchdowns with 85, and he needs 81 yards rushing to pass former Michigan QB Denard Robinson as the all time leader in yards rushing at the quarterback position. Pitt is led by the tandem of QB Nate Peterman and RB Quadree Ollison. Peterman has thrown for 2,150 yards and 19 TD's, while Ollison has rushed for 1,048 yards and 10 touchdowns. WR Tyler Boyd led the ACC with 85 catches for 873 yards and 6 scores. Navy averages 319 yards rushing per game, while the Panthers are allowing just 126 yards rushing per game. After starting the season 6 and 1, Pitt went 2 and 3 down the stretch in the regular season. These teams last met in 2013, with Navy winning 24 to 21 on a last second field goal.

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Quick Lane Bowl Minnesota vs Central Michigan 5pm
Three teams made bowl games this season at 5 and 7. The first two, San Jose State and Nebraska, were victorious in their bowl games. The third is Minnesota, who will be looking to make it 3 for 3 for the sub .500 bowl teams. Central Michigan comes out of the Mid American Conference with a record of 7 and 5, and will be trying to help the MAC finish over .500 in bowl games this season (MAC is 2 and 2 so far). The Chippewas are led by QB Cooper Rush, who's passed for 3,703 yards and 25 touchdowns. His top target has been Jesse Kroll, who has 59 catches for 856 yards and 4 TD's. The Golden Gophers are led by QB Mitch Leidner, who's thrown for 2,478 yards and 13 scores. The Minnesota ground game was paced by the tandem of Shannon Brooks and Rodney Smith, who combined for 1,240 yards rushing and 9 TD's. The Chippewas won 5 of their final 6 games, while the Golden Gophers lost 4 of their last 5. Central Michigan is looking for their first 8 win season since 2009, while Minnesota is looking for their first bowl win since 2004. The Golden Gophers have dropped their previous 7 bowl games.

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