While the Taylor Trojans were able to move the ball effectively on Saturday afternoon, they were unable to put the ball in the end zone, scoring on just one of their six trips in a 27-14 defeat at the hands of No. 13 University of Saint Francis.
On eight of their nine drives, the Trojans advanced to or surpassed the USF 21-yard line, but scored just 14 points. Four of their drives ended in missed field goals, while four other ended on failed fourth-down conversions.
Zac Saltzgaber scored Taylor’s first touchdown at the end of the first half on a Zac Saltzgaber three-yard touchdown run to cut USF’s lead to 21-7, while their second score came on a 43-yard pass from Saltzgaber to Logan Benson with less than two minutes left in the contest.
USF struck early, scoring twice in the first 4:36 of game action to take a 14-0 lead. Their first touchdown came on a 42-yard pass, while their came on a 39-yard scoring strike after a successful onside kick.
From there, however, the Trojans, minus their scoring woes, outplayed the Cougars. They ran 36 more plays, gained 48 more yards, and holding the ball 18 minutes longer.
Taylor gained 148 yards on the ground, 239 through the air, and 24 first downs in their best offensive outputs of the 2019 campaign.
Trey Burdine finished with a career-high seven receptions for 105 yards, while Ty Bezek caught a career-high four passes and Preston Scott posted 48 receiving yards.
Drew LeFever led the rushing attack, carrying the ball 23 times for 83 yards, while Saltzgaber completed 16 of his 33 passes for 239 yards and a touchdown.
Jordan Jackson and Major Dailey led the defense with six tackles apiece, and both Jackson Bronkema and Mark Baker collected a sack.