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Norwalk's Turner scores TD in Eastern Michigan upset at Purdue

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Sep 9, 2018 at 7:26 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Norwalk graduate Breck Turner played a significant role on Saturday in Eastern Michigan's surprising 20-19 win at Purdue.

Freshman Chad Ryland drilled a 24-yard field goal as time expired to give the Eagles just their second-ever win over a Big Ten team on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium. The win moved the Eagles to 2-0 on the season, and is just the third time they have won back-to-back games to open the season in the past 20 years.

Turner, a 2015 NHS graduate, added 13 yards on three carries — but one of those earned him a spot across most of the television highlights shown across the country over the weekend.

Purdue led 12-10 at halftime, and the second half did not see a score until seven minutes into the fourth quarter. That's when Turner ran nine yards into the end zone for the score as EMU regained the lead, 17-12, with 7:56 left. Turner's first touchdown of the season capped a four-play 44-yard drive for the Eagles.

The Boilermakers came back with their own touchdown in just four plays, finishing off with a 45-yard rush from D.J. Knox for the TD.

After Purdue regained the lead with 6:51 left, the Eagles started the game-winning drive that culminated in Ryland's walk-off field goal.

Eastern — which beat Rutgers last season for its first win over a Big Ten team — will open up Mid-American Conference play with a 6 p.m. game Saturday night at Buffalo.

At Norwalk, Turner solidified himself as a three-star recruit and one of the best players in Ohio. The Reflector area’s all-time rushing leader, Turner holds eight program records, including single-game yards (327), single-season yards (2,795), single-season TDs (32) and points (198), career yards (5,682), career TDs (79), career rush attempts (567) and career points (508).

In 2014, he ran for 2,795 yards and 32 TDs as the Truckers went 10-0 for the first time in program history. It resulted in the program’s third-ever Northern Ohio League title, and the first in 39 seasons.

The Truckers also hosted a playoff game for the first time ever, and the 42-34 win over Perkins in the first round was the first playoff win in 41 seasons. Turner was also a finalist for the Associated Press Mr. Football award while earning Div. III All-Ohio Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2014.

The year prior, he was also a starter on the Div. II state championship basketball team, scoring the final points and grabbing the final rebound in the title game win vs. Columbus Watterson.

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