September 25, 2007

Allen zapped Texas with his magic

David Allen called it "quite a feat." And no, the former Kansas State All-American wasn't referring to when he returned a punt for a touchdown in a NCAA-record three straight games. He was recalling, of course, his 74-yard return at Texas on Oct. 2, 1999. That's when the feat began. See, the Longhorns haven't allowed a punt return to go the distance since David Allen. It spans exactly 101 games.



"Do I remember it?" Allen said, incredulously. "You don't forget something like that."



Allen, one of the greatest punt returners in college football history, suddenly put himself back onto the field at Texas Memorial Stadium that bright afternoon in Austin, when he wore a white jersey and shifted his feet back and forth near the K-State 20. It was No. 13 K-State at No. 15 Texas and midway through the third quarter with the Wildcats trailing 14-9 and in front of an ABC audience and in front of the largest crowd (83,082) K-State had ever played in front of to that point, something amazing happened.



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