Rams rookie Tavon Austin dazzles with 98-yard punt return TD

Tavon Austin celebrates with Chris Givens after an Austin first half touchdown. (Twitter)
Tavon Austin celebrates with Chris Givens after an Austin first half touchdown. (Twitter)

It took 10 weeks, but drafting Tavon Austin eighth overall has finally paid off for the Rams. The rookie showed off his speed in the first half agains the Colts on Sunday with two touchdowns of over 57 yards.

Austin's first touchdown came on a 98-yard punt return. Sure, 99.9 percent of punt returners would have let the ball bounce into the end zone for a touchback, but not Tavon Austin. Austin knocked a Colts defender to the ground before picking up the ball and racing 98-yards for the score. Before Sunday's game against Indy, Austin only had 123 punt return yards on the season, so he almost doubled that total with one return. 

Tavon Austin took a punt return to the house in the first half against the Colts. (Fox)
Tavon Austin took a punt return to the house in the first half against the Colts. (Fox)

Austin's second score of the second half came less than four minutes later when the rookie caught a 57-yard touchdown pass from Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens.  

Tavon Austin was wide open for this 57-yard touchdown catch. (Fox)
Tavon Austin was wide open for this 57-yard touchdown catch. (Fox)

The two touchdowns from Austin have helped St. Louis jump out to a 28-0 halftime lead in Indianapolis. 

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John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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