EAST LANSING, Mich - Nebraska sophomore wide receiver Jamal Turner decided a few weeks ago he would not talk to the media after games until he caught his first touchdown pass – Turner was talking on Saturday night.
With :11 seconds left against Michigan State and the Huskers down 24-21, Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez hooked up with Turner for a five-yard touchdown – giving the Huskers another double-digit fourth quarter comeback, their third in 2012.
"It was a great call by Coach [Offensive Coordinator Tim] Beck. I can't believe that we won the game like that; I've been dreaming about this my whole life," said Turner. "I want to thank God for letting me go out and for putting me in this position, to glorify him."
"It was the same play we called last week and I lost the ball in the lights and missed the touchdown, but Beck came back and called it this week and I was able to score the winning touchdown."
Turner says the ball last week he lost might have been due to wearing a visor. This week, the second-year wide out ditched the shade.
"That decision basically won us the game," said a joking Turner.
A converted high school dual-threat quarterback, Turner's journey to wide receiver has had its ups and downs. A fan favorite because of his big play ability, Beck made him the number one option with seconds left, and Turner came through.
"You got to win, you got to win, especially with the game this tight, you have to score," Turner said he was thinking when walking to the line of scrimmage. "When you know the coaches are trying to get you the ball and they believe in you, it's a great feeling."
After a 15 catch season as a freshman, Turner already has 16 catches this year, for 214 yards and his one score.
"I can't explain how proud I am of Jamal," said wide receiver Kenny Bell. "You talk about as a receiving corp how far we have come. Taariq Allen caught a game-winning touchdown a few weeks ago – for his first touchdown ever. Jamal Turner caught a game-winning touchdown for his first touchdown ever. We have grown as a receiving corp. I'm proud of have far we have come."