|Missouri Baptist (1-4)||7||9||10||17||43|
|Missouri Baptist||Indv. Leaders||Taylor|
|#2 Kendell Davis - 24||Rushing||#29 Rich Giordani - 79|
|#17 Gunnar Griffin - 481||Passing||#15 Everett Pollard - 241|
|#25 Kalen Petty - 168||Receiving||#81 Daniel Boy - 122|
|Missouri Baptist||Team Statistics||Taylor|
UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor and Missouri Baptist combined to put up 85 points on 908 total yards of offense at Turner Stadium on Saturday, with the visiting Spartans scoring the final 10 points of the contest to hand TU a 43-42 setback.
Taylor was its own worst enemy throughout the afternoon, losing two of its five fumbles in the game and tossing a pair of costly interceptions to fuel the MBU upset bid. The Trojans also allowed 481 yards through the air and mustered only 164 rushing yards against the Missouri Baptist defense which entered the day having yielded 313.5 yards per outing on the ground.
Dovi Gamble got the Trojans on the board by blocking a punt attempt, which was recovered and returned 21 yards by Cameron Gray for a game-tying score. Touchdown runs by Richardson Giordani and Everett Pollard followed to open up a 21-10 advantage for TU.
Taylor attempted to put the game away in the closing moments of the opening half but MBU earned its second takeaway, picking off a pass at its own 34-yard line and returning it to the TU 27-yard marker with 27 seconds left. Two plays later, the Spartans connected on a long touchdown pass to narrow Taylor's lead to 21-16 at the half.
TU's third turnover of the contest also proved pivotal, as the Trojans coughed up a punt return on their own 13-yard line after having opened up a 28-19 lead. Missouri Baptist capitalized once again, scoring on two plays to draw within two at 28-26.
The offenses continued to find the end zone with ease, trading scores on the next two possessions before Taylor once again opened up a two-score lead at 42-33 with just over 10 minutes remaining in the game.
Missouri Baptist (1-4, 1-2 MSFA) wasted no time responding, using a 61-yard strike on the second snap of the ensuing drive to draw back within a single score at 42-40. A rare defensive stop gave MBU the ball once again and this time the visitor's pieced together a 15-play march against an exhausted Taylor defense that ended in a field goal for the 43-42 lead.
Taylor had one final chance to retaliate, taking over with 96 seconds on the clock but could not mount a game-winning score, as MBU earned the one-point victory.
Daniel Boy caught a touchdown pass for the fourth-straight game and ended the contest with career-highs of nine receptions for 122 yards. Richardson Giordani rushed 26 times for 79 yards, with Pollard running for 58 yards and two scores and passing for 241 yards and two touchdowns.
Gamble notched the 10th and 11th blocked kicks of his collegiate career, blocking the punt that led to TU's first score and knocking down MBU's point-after try at the close of the first half. Gray ended with seven tackles, 2.5 hits for a loss and the touchdown return, while Josh Lamica posted Taylor's lone sack of the afternoon.
Taylor (2-4, 0-2 MSFA) will play at No. 1 Marian (5-0, 2-0 MSFA) on October 8 at 1:00 pm, before returning to host RV Siena Heights (3-1, 2-1 MSFA) for Homecoming on October 15 at 1:00 pm.