|Olivet Nazarene (1-3)||7||0||0||14||21|
|Olivet Nazarene||Indv. Leaders||Taylor|
|#24 Erik Anderson - 50||Rushing||#21 Tim Barrett - 89|
|#8 Jordan Lawton - 252||Passing||#15 Everett Pollard - 272|
|#3 Yusuf Haddad - 101||Receiving||#2 Caleb Nicley - 102|
|Olivet Nazarene||Team Statistics||Taylor|
UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor rattled off 27-straight points to open up a 34-7 lead and cruised to a 34-21 victory over Olivet Nazarene under the Turner Stadium lights on Saturday night.
The Trojans piled up 27-unanswered points spanning 32:03 of game action in a dominant stretch of play lasting from the 10:33 mark of the second quarter until a touchdown pass from Everett Pollard to Daniel Boy opened the 34-7 gap with 8:30 remaining in the contest.
Taylor piled up 24 more plays, nine more first downs and 151 more yards of total offense, while racking up an edge of 8:23 in time of possession through the first three quarters of play, before the Tigers closed the gap with the game well in hand over the closing minutes of the final period.
The decisive stretch started with Olivet Nazarene (1-3) missing a potential game-tying field goal to hand the ball over to TU on its own 23-yard line with 84 seconds remaining in the first half. The Trojans moved the ball 77 yards on eight plays, needing only 1:08 of game action to find the end zone and push the spread to 17-7 heading to the break.
Taylor opened the second half with the ball and used an 11-play, 79-yard possession to extend its lead to 24-7. Pollard found Hans Lundberg for the score, before a second field goal from Austin Gunderson and a touchdown pass from Pollard to Boy gave the Trojans a 24-point cushion with 8:30 to go in the game.
Pollard completed 23-of-31 passes for 272 yards and two touchdowns in the victory, with Lundberg and Boy hauling in the scores. The touchdown for Boy marked the third-straight game in which Pollard and Boy have connected on a touchdown completion.
Caleb Nicley was Pollard's primary target throughout the contest, setting career-highs with seven catches and 102 yards, while Kyle Kempton also set personal-bests with four receptions for 57 yards. Tim Barrett added 107 all-purpose yards, with 89 yards and one score on the ground, while Spencer Crisp set career-highs with 12 carries for 52 yards in his first collegiate start.
Gunderson accounted for 10 points on the scoreboard for the Trojans, converting on all four point-after attempts and splitting the uprights from 18 and 20 yards out.
The Taylor defense racked up six sacks and eight stops for a loss on the night, highlighted by a two-sack performance from Jay Johnson and Josh Lamica's 2.5 tackles for a loss. Ben Rupert was credited with three quarterback hurries, while Dovi Gamble led the squad with eight tackles and Matt Nguyen ended with seven stops.
Taylor (2-3, 0-1 MSFA) will begin a stretch of five-straight MSFA Mideast League games on October 1, when it hosts Missouri Baptist (0-4, 0-2 MSFA) in a 1:00 pm tilt inside Turner Stadium.