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Jags 20th: Taylor Runs Wild at Three Rivers


Fred Taylor took the field at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh on a cold Sunday night in late November 2000 and beat the Steelers at their own game.

Taylor ran for 234 yards and three touchdowns and added three catches and another score for a 248-yard, four-touchdown performance in the Jaguars' final game at the venerable old stadium.

The Steelers were one of the game's legendary defensive units, especially proud of their ability to stop the run and let an aggressive 3-4 zone-blitz scheme pressure the quarterback. But that night Taylor was unstoppable, ripping off a 25-yard run to tie the score early in the second quarter.

His touchdown catch just before the half gave the Jaguars a 17-10 lead they wouldn't relinquish. Taylor took an offense that punted on four consecutive possessions late in the first quarter and into the second and sent the Jaguars into the locker room with momentum.

Taylor added touchdown runs of two and 26 yards in the third quarter, both into the teeth of the Steelers' defense and pushed the Jaguars to a 34-10 advantage. Only a pair of fourth-quarter Kordell Stewart touchdown runs made the score a more respectable-looking 34-24.

Taylor's 234 yards were not just a Jacksonville record, they were the most yards ever gained against a Pittsburgh defense, topping O.J. Simpson's 227 yards in 1975. His four touchdowns also touched history as he matched Jim Brown's four touchdowns against Pittsburgh in 1964. Taylor by himself was 60 percent of the Jacksonville offense that night, but earned 100 percent of the respect in the Pittsburgh locker room.

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