Cowboys beat Chargers with historic performance by KaVontae Turpin

The Angels - KaVontae Turpin became the first player in nine seasons to post kickoff and punt return touchdowns in the same game, and the Dallas Cowboys beat the Los Angeles Chargers 32-18 on Saturday.

Turpin signed with the Cowboys on July 28 after earning Most Valuable Player honors in the United States Soccer League last spring.

Prior to Turpin, the last player to return a punt and kickoff in the same game (preseason, regular season, or playoffs) was Detroit's Jeremy Ross on December 8, 2013 against Philadelphia.

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“It's so dynamic. You go back to his college days and clearly, in my opinion, he was the best player I ever saw come out of the closet in the USFL,” Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said of Turpin at halftime.

"I've been very impressed with him from day one."

After a 22-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins gave the Chargers a 3-0 lead midway through the first quarter, Turpin returned the kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown.

Turpin got a good wall of blockers down the middle of the field before entering the open space near the 40-yard line and going untouched down the right sideline.

Dallas led 29-10 at halftime after a pair of touchdowns in the final minute of the second quarter.

That included Turpin's 86-yard punt return, where he eluded a tackle attempt by punt gunner Deane Leonard after fielding the ball, made a couple of juke moves and then broke away to score.