On a day when the Saint Francis offense sputtered, the defense had four interceptions and a blocked punt that set up a score to carry the Cougars to a 21-0 victory over Taylor on Saturday at Bishop D’Arcy Stadium.
Sophomore cornerback Kory Stamps had three picks, including a 38-yard return for an interception, and senior defensive back Allen Richardson had another interception as Saint Francis posted its first shutout since a 69-0 win at Concordia last season. It was the first home whitewash since 2009, when it beat Iowa Wesleyan 55-0.
“Defensively, we had a great game,” Saint Francis coach Kevin Donley said. “Offensively, we had a good first half. We had some issues handling their front with their twists and so forth on the defensive line.”
The Cougars (7-2) broke out to a quick 21-0 lead.
A high snap over the Taylor(3-6) punter’s head gave Saint Francis possession at theTaylor 15, and three plays later, quarterback Josh Miller ran in from the 5 with 7:13 left in the third quarter.
Less than a minute later, Stemps stepped in front of a Taylor receiver in front of the Taylor bench, stayed in bounds, and raced 38 yards for a 14-0 lead.
And Jake Allen’s blocked punt, recovered by Keith Harris at the Trojans’ 8-yard line, set up Andre Turner’s 5-yard run with 10:13 still to play in the second quarter.
The Cougars managed 267 yards of total offense, with Miller leading the way with 85 yards running and 82 passing, and Antoin Campbell getting 81 yards rushing.Taylor, meanwhile, had 276 yards and ran 84 offensive plays compared to Saint Francis’s 62.
Saint Francis will end its regular season next week at Lindenwood.