November 17, 2012, Tavon Austin nearly made history. The West Virginia Mountaineers were in the midst of a 4-game losing streak and taking on #12 Oklahoma for the first time in conference play. Dana Holgorsen decided his team needed a spark and inserted fireplug Tavon Austin at running back.
Tavon had been a running back coming out of high school but switched to slot receiver while at West Virginia. Under Dana Holgorsen’s Air Raid offense, Tavon had flourished. In 2010, under beleaguered offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen’s pro-style offense, Austin caught 58 balls for 787 yards and 8 touchdowns. In his first year of the Air Raid, Tavon increased those numbers to 101 catches for 1186 yards and the same 8 touchdowns.
In the Oklahoma game, Tavon set a school record with 344 yards rushing on 21 carries (16.4 yards per carry), 4 catches for 82 yards, 8 kick returns for 146 yards to give him 572 all-purpose yards. Tavon came 8 yards from breaking the NCAA record for all-purpose yards in a single game.
Relive that magical night in the DougityDog video below and enjoy the single greatest performance I have ever seen as a Mountaineer. Tavon ran over, around, against the grain and forced Joel Klatt and his announcing partner to create new words like “cut-ability”.