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Tigers' Turner hits milestone in 63-24 win

Dillon Turner continued to reach unprecedented heights on Saturday. The Dakota Wesleyan University senior quarterback surpassed 10,000 career passing yards in the Tigers' 63-24 win over Briar Cliff at Joe Quintal Field. Turner--already the school...

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Dakota Wesleyan's Luke Loudenburg (23) stiff arms Briar Cliff's Nate Ericson (10) while carrying the ball during a game on Saturday at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dillon Turner continued to reach unprecedented heights on Saturday.

The Dakota Wesleyan University senior quarterback surpassed 10,000 career passing yards in the Tigers' 63-24 win over Briar Cliff at Joe Quintal Field.

Turner-already the school's career passing leader-is the first player in school history to reach the plateau. With two career games remaining, Turner has 10,078 passing yards.

"It's obviously a team accomplishment," DWU coach Ross Cimpl said about the milestone. "But I tell you what, he's done everything possible to put himself in that position and there aren't enough superlatives to describe Dillon Turner and just his work ethic. The type of kid he is. The type of person he is. I am more than proud to say that he got that accomplishment."

It's an accomplishment that Turner has had his eyes set on since joining the Tigers in 2014. The Salem, Arkansas, native set a goal for himself as a freshman to break the school record for career passing yards. He broke Jon Bane's previous record of 9,224 earlier this season.

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"That was a milestone that I set and it's a goal that I was able to accomplish this year," Turner said. "I can't do it without my teammates. The O-linemen. The receivers and all the guys that have played with me in the past. It feels good to accomplish a goal that you set whenever you were a freshman coming in."

On Saturday, Turner finished with 288 passing yards and five touchdowns. Turner also rushed for 161 yards and two more scores for DWU (5-4, 3-3 GPAC), which snapped a two-game losing streak.

Turner wasn't the only DWU player to break a school record. Wide receiver Hayden Adams broke the school record for receiving yards in a season with 1,087. Adams finished with eight receptions for 172 yards and four touchdowns.

Luke Loudenburg rushed for 147 yards and one touchdown. Jonny Withrow had 81 rushing yards and one touchdown for the Tigers, who let the winless Chargers (0-6, 0-9 GPAC) hang around early. The Tigers led 30-17 after Briar Cliff's Noah Ylagan scored a four-yard touchdown late in the second quarter.

Ylagan, who entered the game as the seventh leading rusher in the nation, finished with 265 rushing yards on 33 carries and two touchdowns.

"He's definitely a great back," DWU linebacker Dillon Rork said. "He's definitely an all-conference type of back and being able to have everybody fly around is what really changed the game and you could see it in our defense. Everybody changed and that's what was the difference in the game in the second half."

That, and Cimpl sent a message to his defense at halftime.

"We had a pretty one-sided conversation and I think our guys understood where we were coming from," Cimpl said. "There was somethings that were a little frustrating, but overall our second half was much better overall-offense, defense, special teams."

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DWU almost kept Briar Cliff scoreless throughout the second half until Ylagan scored a 17-yard touchdown with 3:33 left. The Tiger offense, meanwhile, racked up 700 yards of offense and scored on all five second-half possessions. Loudenburg and Jonny Withrow rushed for second half touchdowns, while Turner and Adams connected twice for scores. Turner added a fourth-quarter touchdown run to cap off the game.

The Tigers play at Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, this Saturday.

Notes: DWU kicker and Mitchell graduate Seth Paulson didn't kick in the first half due to a leg issue, "It was something in pregame where it wasn't feeling very good and had an issue with his leg. He had to get it worked out and got it fixed in the second half," Cimpl said. The Tigers went for two-point conversions in the first half, while punter/linebacker Sam Naasz handled the kickoffs.

BCU 3 14 0 7-24

DWU 8 22 19 14-63

Scoring summary

First quarter

DWU: Hayden Adams 25 pass from Dillon Turner (Adams pass from Turner)

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BCU: Steven Delia 29 field goal

Second quarter

DWU: Ben Gustad 1 pass from Turner (Turner run)

BCU: Joe Heinrichs 20 pass from Dylan Desmarais (Delia kick)

DWU: Adams 30 pass from Turner (Tyler Larson pass from Turner)

DWU: Turner 10 run (run failed)

BCU: Noah Ylagan 4 run (Delia kick)

Third quarter

DWU: Luke Loudenburg 37 run (pass failed)

DWU: Jonny Withrow 1 run (Seth Paulson kick)

DWU: Adams 77 pass from Turner (Paulson kick)

Fourth quarter

DWU: Adams 11 pass from Turner (Paulson kick)

DWU: Turner 10 run (Paulson kick)

BCU: Ylagan 17 run (Delia kick)

PASSING: BCU, Desmarais 6-21-0 for 71; DWU, Turner 22-31-0 for 288.

RUSHING: BCU, Ylagan 33-265, Chance Barlow 7-20; DWU, Turner 11-161, Loudenburg 12-147, Withrow 13-81.

RECEIVING: BCU, Miles Jones 1-29, Joe Heinrichs 3-26; DWU, Adams 8-172, Spencer Neugebauer 2-29, Lewis Hofer 5-26, Loudenburg 1-16, Jace Pulse 2-15.

DEFENSE: BCU, Ladarria Bowman 6 tackles, Nate Ericson 6 tackles; DWU, Dillon Rork 8 tackles, Tyler Wagner 6 tackles, Tyrel Haley 5 tackles, Eathen Gaulke 4 tackles, 2 sacks.

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