Dante Pet­tis ties NCAA punt re­turn record

Imperial Valley Press - - SPORTS -

Wash­ing­ton’s Dante Pet­tis has tied the NCAA ca­reer record for punt re­turn touch­downs, tak­ing a kick 77 yards for a score in the first quar­ter against Fresno State on Satur­day night.

Pet­tis’ re­turn was the eighth of his ca­reer, ty­ing him with An­to­nio Perkins (Ok­la­homa) and Wes Welker (Texas Tech). Pet­tis caught the kick from Blake Cu­sick near the Wash­ing­ton side­line, stepped through a cou­ple of tack­les and got a key down­field block from Myles Bryant to com­plete the re­turn. The touch­down gave Wash­ing­ton a 27-0 lead on the Bull­dogs.

Pet­tis also tied the NCAA record for con­sec­u­tive games with a punt re­turn touch­down at three. Pet­tis re­turned one 67 yards for a score in the sea­son opener against Rut­gers and had a 61yard re­turn last week against Mon­tana.

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