|#2 WEAVER, Malcolm - 114||Rushing||#21 Tim Barrett - 60|
|#2 WEAVER, Malcolm - 219||Passing||#15 Everett Pollard - 260|
|#4 TEMPLE, Pace - 88||Receiving||#21 Tim Barrett - 109|
UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor went toe-to-toe with NCAA Division I FCS Butler in Saturday's home opener at Turner Stadium, erasing a 14-0 deficit, before the visiting Bulldogs found the end zone in the closing minutes to secure a 27-14 decision over the Trojans.
TU climbed out of a two-touchdown hole, rebounding from a 70-yard touchdown sprint by the Butler quarterback to draw within 14-7 just five plays later. Everett Pollard ignited the scoring drive with a 14-yard pass to Craig Faulkner, before hitting Daniel Boy on a 57-yard pass to the four-yard line. Tim Barrett cashed it in two carries later to get the Trojans on the board with 4:05 to play in the first half.
Taylor opened the second stanza with possession and Pollard found Tim Barrett for a 60-yard connection, before hitting Boy in the end zone from eight yards out to knot the score at 14-14 with 12:35 to play in the third.
The Butler (2-1) defense clamped down from there, limiting TU to 34 yards of offense over the final 27:35 of game action. BU's offense mustered a pair of field goals in the third to open a 20-14 spread but the game remained within reach until a Butler score with 2:42 left in the contest sealed the outcome and allowed the visitors to escape with a 27-14 win.
TU racked up 260 yards through the air but only 75 on the ground, with Butler countering by rushing for 240 yards in the contest on 6.7 yards per touch.
Barrett continued his strong play, highlighting the Trojan offense once again with 60 yards and a score on the ground and 109 through the air on a team-high six catches. Pollard was also on target with 20 completions in 28 tries for 260 yards and a touchdown to Boy, who ended with three receptions for 69 yards and the score.
Cameron Gray led the TU defense with nine tackles, two hits for lost yardage and a fumble recovery, while Austan Shope added eight stops. Dovi Gamble ended with an interception, two passes deflected and five tackles.
Taylor (1-3, 0-1 MSFA) will return to action on Saturday, September 24, when it hosts Olivet Nazarene (1-2, 0-0 MSFA) in a Mid-States Football Association crossover affair at 7:00 pm. A fireworks show will follow the action at Turner Stadium.