Former Iowa State wide receiver Darius Reynolds put on a show for the Iowa Barnstormers’ home crowd in the Arena Football League on Saturday night, catching seven touchdowns in a 59-56 loss to the Pittsburgh Power.
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Reynolds broke the team record with his seven touchdowns. The special night began to form in the third quarter, where he caught three touchdowns to aid the Barnstormers in a tight game with the Power throughout.
The quarterly breakdown went like this: Reynolds began the night with his first catch being a 27-yard catch midway through the first quarter from Barnstormers quarterback Carson Coffman. His second TD was a 19-yard pass with 1:41 to go in the first half.
Reynolds added 21-yard and 7-yard TDs in the first five minutes of the second half and then his fifth of the night, a 12-yard TD with 50 seconds remaining in the third period. Reynolds came right back to score a 13-yard TD exactly one minute later in the fourth quarter.
Finally, Reynolds ended the night with a 5-yard TD pass to tie the game at 56. However, the Power was able to kick the go-ahead 22-yard field goal as the clock expired to push Iowa down to a 6-11 record. They’ve long since been eliminated from playoff contention in the AFL, now losing six straight games.
Reynolds ultimately finished with 11 catches for 180 yards and seven touchdowns. In the course of the season, Reynolds has garnered 1,790 yards and 37 touchdowns on 118 catches.
The Barnstormers will finish up their season by hosting the San Jose SaberCats that hold a 12-5 record and will be one of the two teams hosting a playoff game in the National Conference. Iowa will hope to break the AFL’s longest losing streak. Kickoff is set for a 7:05 PM start at Wells Fargo Arena. It will also be available to watch online through ESPN3.