|#21 Tim Barrett - 103||Rushing||#45 Blasiole, Matt - 178|
|#15 Everett Pollard - 244||Passing||#11 Iacucci, John - 131|
|#21 Tim Barrett - 90||Receiving||#45 Blasiole, Matt - 55|
CANTON, Ohio – Taylor rallied from 16 points down in the final nine minutes on Saturday to force overtime but could not complete the comeback, falling by a 39-33 margin at NCAA Division II Malone on Saturday afternoon.
A pair of touchdowns by the Pioneers to open the fourth quarter pushed the spread to 33-17 in favor of the hosts with 9:20 remaining in the contest, but Everett Pollard and Tim Barrett fueled the frantic rally by TU over the closing minutes.
The surge started with a 70-yard strike from Pollard to Barrett on a drive that lasted just two plays and 23 seconds. Hans Lundberg hauled in the two-point conversion to make it a one-score game.
After the Taylor defense collected a three-and-out, Barrett ignited the game-tying drive with a 26-yard scamper to the Malone 37-yard marker with the clock ticking under six minutes to play. The scoring drive ended seven plays later the same way it started, with Barrett taking the handoff on a fourth-and-one and running into the end zone from five yards out. Another two-point conversion from Pollard to Lundberg knotted the game at 33-33 with 3:27 left in regulation.
Barrett tried to spark a game-winning drive on TU's final touch, opening the possession with a 20-yard rush to the MU 46-yard line but the drive stalled and the teams headed to overtime.
In the extra session, Taylor came away empty on its first touch and the Pioneers needed only two plays to find the end zone and secure the 39-33 victory.
Malone (1-0) did the majority of its work in the trenches, carrying the ball for 284 yards and four scores on 6.8 yards per touch. TU ran 38 times for just 3.4 yards per carry with Barrett being the lone individual to find success with career-highs of 19 touches for 103 yards and two touchdowns.
Barrett also keyed the passing attack, hauling in four passes for 90 yards and a score, as Pollard finished 19-of-34 for 244 yards and fired touchdown passes to Barrett and Richardson Giordani.
Cameron Gray highlighted the defense with a team-leading nine tackles, while Dovi Gamble had eight hits and Ben Rupert collected seven stops and 1.5 hits for lost yardage. Blake Wheeler recorded a 10-yard sack for TU's lone sack of the contest.
Taylor (1-1) will open Mid-States Football Association play on Saturday, September 10, when it plays at No. 4 Saint Francis (2-0) in a 12:00 pm start.