Last Saturday night, we witnessed the best individual performance in not only Mountaineer and Big 12 history, but also one of the most amazing efforts in NCAA history. Tavon Austin’s performance last Saturday was nothing short of amazing. He showed that not only is he one of the best players in the Big 12, but one of the best in the nation. This will be a game that NFL scouts and GMs will review often leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft (we will have more on that at a later date).
When Austin lined up in the backfield on the Mountaineers’ first play from scrimmage, I thought “Well, here’s a new wrinkle. This should be good. Let’s see what happens.”
Three and a half hours later, after a last-minute defeat by the hands of Oklahoma, Mountaineer fans, college football fans and media pundits had to pick their proverbial jaws off the floor after watching Tavon Austin shred Oklahoma’s defense to the tune of 572 total yards which nearly broke the NCAA single-game record. He had 344 yards rushing, 82 receiving yards and 146 yards on kick returns. His two touchdowns came in the running game.
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops called it “Maybe the best performance I’ve ever seen.”
Here now, we will relive four of Austin’s most remarkable plays from the fourth quarter of the game via animated GIF.
Below is Austin’s 56-yard run with 2:30 left in the 3rd quarter. He makes three defenders miss en route to high-stepping out-of-bounds at the Oklahoma 23-yard line. The Mountaineers eventually turned the ball over on downs.
To see Austin’s 54-yard run, click here to go to Page 2.