Historic performance earns LSC recognition for Turner

Junior RB became second-ever Texan to score passing, rushing, receiving in same game

Xavier Turner scored touchdowns rushing, passing and receiving Saturday, the fist Tarleton State player to score all three ways since quarterback Steve Kelly in 2001. || Photo courtesy Dr. CHET MARTIN

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STEPHENVILLE (November 6, 2017) – Xavier Turner‘s efforts at No. 4 Midwestern State was enough to earn him his second career Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Week award.

Turner had a record afternoon for the Texans as Tarleton’s best offensive performance of the season forced No. 4 Midwestern State to overtime before falling in a 45-42 heartbreaker. Turner accounted for four of Tarleton’s six touchdowns on the afternoon and became the second player in the school’s senior college history to have a passing, receiving, and rushing touchdown in the same game, joining only QB Steve Kelly in 2001.

His pass was a three-yard toss off a direct snap as the junior found Del’Michael High in the corner for Tarleton’s first score of the game. He would go on to add a 78-yard touchdown reception, the longest of his career, a 14-yard rushing score, and a three-yard score late in the fourth quarter.


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With Tarleton trailing 42-28 and 9:17 left on the clock, Turner made it a one-possession game when he turned two rushes into 13 yards and a touchdown to bring the Texans within one score at the 8:04 mark. After Midwestern State was unable to convert on its possession, Turner had two rushes for 12 yards and a 10-yard reception on Tarleton’s final drive to help the Texans tie the game at 42-42. For the game, he ran for a career-high 147 yards on 21 carries and two scores while hauling in six catches for 92 yards, also a career high, and a touchdown.

Turner and the Texans will be back in Stephenville Saturday at 2 p.m. for the regular season finale against Texas A&M-Commerce.

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