Tavon Austin with the opening play of the game, set West Virginia’s all-time kickoff return yardage record. Austin gave a little Texas two step move and then darted up the near sideline for 67 yards to the Texas 37 yard line. Austin, only needing 44 yards to surpass Shawn Terry’s record 1,772 career yards, blew the record away. Austin was able to return three kickoffs for 111 yards before Texas wised up and started squib kicking.
Tavon Austin now holds the WVU all-time career kickoff return yardage record with 1,840 yards and counting.
While Tavon took down his third career special teams record and fifth career school record overall, he lost ground to teammate Stedman Bailey in the career touchdown reception record race. Stedman Bailey entered the game with 26 touchdown grabs and a two touchdown margin over Austin (24 touchdown receptions). Austin caught the game’s first touchdown pass from Geno to close the gap to one with Bailey. Stedman then went on to catch the final three touchdown passes of the game, opening up a 4 touchdown lead over Austin.
There is still plenty of time for Austin to catch up to Bailey, with 7 regular season games and a bowl game to go.