Sunday, December 30, 2001

Toledo's Taylor lives up to hype

The Associated Press

Toledo's Chester Taylor eludes UC's Ivan Fields.
(AP photo)
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        PONTIAC, Mich. — Chester Taylor ran for a Motor City Bowl-record 190 yards and scored the go-ahead touchdown with 3:23 left as No. 25 Toledo beat Cincinnati 23-16 Saturday

        “Taylor was as good as advertised,” UC coach Rick Minter said of the game MVP.

        Taylor's 24-yard touchdown capped an 80-yard drive, which he keyed with three carries for 52 yards. The third-team All-America selection had a bowl-record 31 carries.

        Immediately after the game, Taylor celebrated with his family and friends, who drove less than an hour from his hometown of River Rouge, Mich., to see him play.

        “The offensive line did a great job,” Taylor said. “All I had to do was break tackles.”

        UC linebacker Antwan Peek was surprised at how well Taylor did that.

        “He was more of a power runner than I thought he was,” Peek said. “He ran the ball really hard and his second-efforts were outstanding. I knew he was a good running back, but I didn't expect him to do what he did to us.”

        Nor could the Bearcats stop quarterback Tavares Bolden, whose running helped Toledo score 10 third-quarter points to tie the game after UC had taken a 13-3 lead.

        He ran for 41 yards on a draw on the first play of the second half, and the drive ended with a field goal.

        Bolden tied the game late in the third quarter when he rolled left, then turned upfield and sprinted 28 yards untouched for a touchdown.

        “It was really his big plays that broke our backs,” Minter said of Bolden.

        Toledo's David Gardner made 11 tackles, including a sack, to earn the award for the game's best lineman or linebacker.

        About 35,000 fans watched what was expected to be the final Motor City Bowl played at the Silverdome. Next year's game will likely be at Ford Field, a new stadium under construction in downtown Detroit.


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