Turner was the starting back for the Texas team and he picked up quite a few of the tough yards. But Turner felt he could have done better.
"You know it wasn't my best game, but I played well enough to get the win," Turner said. "It feels great to beat Louisiana especially with all of the trash-talking that was going on all week. It built up inside and I think that the whole team wanted to beat them."
And the Texas team prevailed. Now that the high school chapter has closed in Turner's life, he is looking on to college. After making the pledge to Rice earlier this year, he has anticipated the time when he would step foot on the Rice campus as a student. Now that time has come.
In fact, he made his way to campus the day after the game.
"I report tomorrow," Turner said in the Saturday night interview. "I am just ready for a new experience. I will get the chance to be out on my own and do my own thing and playing a Division I sport."
Turner had 1,513 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns as a senior. He also had 28 receptions for 335 yards and two touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound speedster chose Rice over other offers from Utah, Fresno State, Northwestern, Arizona, New Mexico State, Texas State, and Prairie View A&M.
And rest assured, Turner is coming in ready to make things happen.
"I am the kind of player who comes in and will work hard," Turner said. "I am a go-to guy who a coach will want to work with."