Sanders-Sanders Punt Return Comparison

In 1988, Barry Sanders returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown against Texas A&M. On Saturday, 28 years later, Barry J. Sanders almost followed in his dad's footsteps with a 57-yard punt return against Southeastern Louisiana.

It is absolutely uncanny as 28 years ago Barry Sanders was on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy and leading Oklahoma State to a 10-2 record when he took a punt against Texas A&M and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown.

Sanders caught the ball just outside the hashmark toward the south side of the stadium and then using a move to break open and crossing the field from south to north to finish in the end zone in the northeast corner of the stadium. Sanders' touchdown return covered 60 yards. It was trademark Barry Sanders and help to punctuate a 52-15 win over the Aggies. 

On Saturday in his first game at Oklahoma State, Barry J. Sanders, the son of Barry and a graduate senior transfer from Stanford, took the punt in the first quarter midway between the hash and sideline on the south side of the field and then used a move to spring open and cross the field from south to north finishing as he was pursued and taken out right at the goal line.

The return, ruled down at the 1-yard line, covered 57-yards. It was amazingly similar to the same route his father had used for that return against the Aggies 28 years ago.

"He's watch that tape so many times he wore it out," the older Barry Sanders said in the Oklahoma State locker room after the game when asked if his son's return had reminded him of his own back in 1988. "He knows the route on that one."

Watch the video and prepare to be amazed. 


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