ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Turpin’s Austin Jackson kicked the decisive field goal in double overtime in the Spartans’ 31-28 win over Wyoming at Spartan Stadium on Friday.
Both teams started slowly and were hindered by penalties.
The pace picked up when Wyoming quarterback Will Marty threw his first of two interceptions to Turpin’s Zak Bernard. The interception eventually led to a 12-yard touchdown by Spencer Singh.
Wyoming answered quickly on a 48-yard touchdown pass from Marty to Dominic Vamosi.
Turpin controlled the time of possession with a strong running attack for a good portion of the first half, but Wyoming capitalized when a Spartans drive ended on a fumble with just under five minutes left in the half.
Marty drove the Cowboys down the field, and capped off the drive by throwing an 8-yard touchdown pass to Duke Brunke as Wyoming to an 14-7 lead into the locker room.
Singh started the third quarter by returning the kickoff into Wyoming territory. Turpin junior quarterback Pat Fetch ran in a touchdown in a drive marred by Cowboys penalties.
Wyoming crossed midfield on its next drive but it failed to complete a pass attempt on a fake punt on fourth down.
Turpin took advantage immediately, as Fetch threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to senior running back Spencer Singh to give the Spartans a 21-14 lead.
After both teams turned the ball over, Wyoming’s Jalen Fox – an Ohio University recruit – caught a short touchdown pass in the flat to tie the score.
The Spartans drove down the field in the closing minutes but failed to score, sending the game to overtime.
Turpin drew first blood with a short touchdown run from sophomore running back Adrian Baker in the extra session, but Wyoming answered with a TD of its own when Marty dove into the end zone on a sneak.
Wyoming missed a field goal attempt of its own to start the second OT, setting up Jackson’s game-winning kick.