The ballhawking traits Sean Taylor used to change into one of many NFL’s most dominant safeties appear to run within the household. Rice defensive again Gabe Taylor, Sean’s youthful brother, nabbed a game-sealing interception in opposition to Louisiana Tech on Saturday.
Gabe made the play on the 14th anniversary of Sean’s demise.
Louisiana Tech was down 4, 35-31, at Rice’s 33-yard line with solely 19 seconds remaining. Bulldogs quarterback JD Head rolled left then heaved an errant go towards three Rice defenders, and Taylor got here down with the choose.
Figuring out the sport was over, Taylor slid after a short return and received tackled by a pair of excited teammates.
Taylor has been a playmaker for Rice lengthy earlier than this week. The freshman from Miami ranks second on the crew with three interceptions and compelled a fumble in opposition to UAB. He earned Convention USA Participant of the Week and the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award for his 10-tackle efficiency in opposition to the Blazers.
Hours earlier than Gabe’s game-sealing play, the Washington Soccer Group introduced it might construct a bodily memorial of Sean at FedEx Discipline. Washington retired Sean’s No. 21 jersey earlier this 12 months and inducted the two-time Professional Bowler into its Ring of Honor in 2008.
Rice’s win snapped a four-game dropping streak and cemented a 4-8 report, its finest since going 5-7 in 2015.