|Saint Francis (3-0)||17||7||13||0||37|
|Ft. Wayne, IN|
|Taylor||Indv. Leaders||Saint Francis|
|#21 Tim Barrett - 98||Rushing||#28 P.J. Dean - 112|
|#15 Everett Pollard - 103||Passing||#13 Nick Ferrer - 295|
|#81 Daniel Boy - 55||Receiving||#6 Rocky James - 88|
|Taylor||Team Statistics||Saint Francis|
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Taylor could not keep pace with fourth-ranked Saint Francis on the wet Bishop John D'Arcy Stadium turf, falling in its Mid-States Football Association Mideast League opener by a 37-6 score to the Cougars.
No. 4 USF (3-0, 2-0 MSFA) bolted to a 24-0 lead by the midway point of the second quarter and never looked back. The high-octane Cougars rolled up 482 total yards of offense on their way to a third-straight game with at least 34 points to open the season.
The Trojan offense never got on track and mustered only 227 total yards of offense with just 109 yards of passing offense and a three-of-17 conversion rate on third downs for the afternoon. The six-point output was TU's lowest since suffering a shutout defeat at USF on the next-to-last game of the 2014 campaign.
Tim Barrett was the lone bright spot, turning in another solid day out of the Taylor backfield with 98 yards on 21 carries. Everett Pollard completed 13 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown toss to Daniel Boy, who ended with five catches for 55 yards and TU's lone score.
The defense was paced by nine tackles each from Michael Garrity and Cameron Gray. TU did force three turnovers, with Gray and Josh Lamica both scooping up fumbles and Blake Wheeler hauling in an interception. Jay Johnson also chipped in with a sack, two hits for lost yardage and a forced fumble.
Taylor (1-2, 0-1 MSFA) will turn its attention to NCAA Division I FCS Butler (1-1), as the Bulldogs will come to Turner Stadium for a 7:00 pm kickoff on September 17 for TU's 2016 home opener.