Pollard Sets TU Career Passing Mark in Defeat
UPLAND, Ind. – Senior quarterback, Everett Pollard, etched his named in the Taylor record books one more time on Saturday, becoming the program’s all-time career leader in passing yards during a 42-14 loss to No. 17 Concordia that saw TU turn the ball over seven times.
Pollard needed only 48 yards through the air to break Kenny Locke’s (1992-1995) record of 6,827 passing yards and the Atlanta, Georgia native did so on a 31-yard connection with Daniel Boy with just over four minutes remaining in the opening half.
Pollard ended the contest with 12 completions for 125 yards and two touchdowns through the air to push his Taylor career record numbers to 616 completions for 6,905 yards and 65 touchdowns through 35 games played under center for the Purple and Gold.
The record-setting afternoon was spoiled by the visiting Cardinals (7-2, 4-1 MSFA) however, as CU scored on the opening drive of the contest and then capitalized on five first-half turnovers from the Trojans to open a 35-0 cushion.
The Trojans scored on their final touch of the opening half and found the end zone again on their second drive after the intermission, but could never mount a serious threat to the overwhelming early deficit.
Taylor closed the afternoon with 99 rushing yards, paced by 72 from Spencer Crisp and picked up 174 yards through the air. Boy led the way with five catches for 70 yards and one score, while Craig Faulkner hauled in two passes, including a diving over-the-shoulder catch in the end zone for TU’s second score of the day.
Tyler Gerig excelled with a move to the safety position, picking up nine solo tackles and forcing a fumble, while fellow safety, TJ Swore, added seven solo stops and one hit for lost yardage. Tyler Hasbrook had a role in two of Taylor’s three sacks, with Jackson Bronkema and Jeff Kaczmarek each intercepting a pass.
TU managed to limit the fourth-ranked running back in the NAIA to 10 yards below his season average and allowed only 119 yards and 14 points after the half, but the seven turnovers proved the difference in the contest.
Taylor (3-5, 1-3 MSFA) will close its home slate on November 3, when it hosts No. 9 Saint Francis (7-2, 3-2 MSFA) at 1:00 pm. The Trojans will honor their senior class prior to the start of that contest inside Turner Stadium.