Crisp Delivers Trio of Touchdowns in Trojan Win at Lindenwood
BELLEVILLE, Ill. – Taylor rode a career-day from Spencer Crisp to a 28-19 triumph at Lindenwood on Saturday afternoon, as the junior running back carried the rock 33 times for 187 yards and found the end zone three times.
The performance from Crisp was TU’s best single-game individual rushing display since Justin Keys posted 218 yards and four touchdowns on 37 carries in a 34-28 win at Trinity International on November 14, 2015. Taylor’s team rushing total of 269 yards was also the program’s best since piling up 285 in that same game at TIU.
Crisp twice helped the Trojans erase a deficit in the first quarter, after Lindenwood (0-8, 0-3 MSFA) scored on the third play of the game for a 7-0 lead and later returned a fumble recovery 26 yards for a 13-7 edge.
Taylor turned to Crisp for the counter each time, and scoring runs from five and three yards out lifted the Purple and Gold to a 14-13 lead at the end of a wild opening quarter.
TU continued to dominate on the ground over the remainder of the contest, using a nine-yard touchdown run from Holden Hodge in the second quarter and another scoring scamper from Crisp, this time from one-yard deep in the third quarter, to take a 28-13 cushion.
Taylor piled up 24 first downs in the victory, churning out four scoring drives of at least seven snaps, including possessions of 12 and 14 plays that resulted in touchdowns. TU scored on all four trips to the red zone and carried the ball 50 times for 269 yards and all four scores to finish with 376 total yards of offense.
Crisp did the majority of the damage, ripping off 5.7 yards per carry en route to setting new career-highs of 33 rushes, 187 rushing yards and the three rushing touchdowns.
Everett Pollard ran the limited air attack with nine completions for 88 yards, closing the contest just 37 passing yards shy of surpassing Kenny Locke (1992-95) as the program’s all-time leader.
Ra Murray led the defense with eight tackles and Brady Hill added six, as the Trojan unit yielded only 58 yards on the ground over the final three quarters to help TU pull away. Sam Bartu and Jake Arnold each provided one tackle for a loss, while TJ Swore broke up two passes and Tyler Hasbrook blocked a short field goal try.
Taylor (3-4, 1-2 MSFA) will return to action on October 27, when it hosts No. 10 Concordia (6-2, 4-1 MSFA) for a 1:00 pm start inside Turner Stadium. All Grant County residents will be admitted into the contest at no cost.