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Tavon Austin finally pays off for Rams with some long touchdowns

Frank Schwab
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This is what the St. Louis Rams had in mind when they took receiver Tavon Austin with the eighth pick of this year's draft.

Austin is small, but he's lightning fast. And he showed that off in the first half of the Rams' surprising 38-8 blowout of the Colts in Indianapolis.

On a punt return, Austin looked like he was going to let it go, but at the last moment he snatched the ball and took off. Austin worked his way up the sideline, getting some blocks, and went in for a 98-yard touchdown.

Austin, however, wasn't done. He hauled in a 57-yard touchdown later in the half to give the Rams a 28-0 lead. He had just 207 receiving yards for the season before Sunday.

There's more. Early in the third quarter he took a short pass and turned it upfield, outrunning the Colts for an 81-yard score. That gave him the hat trick, and his three touchdowns averaged 78.7 yards. You don't see that often in the NFL. Austin scored just two touchdowns in his first nine career games and hadn't had much of an impact. He showed up in a big way Sunday for the Rams, who would be smart to keep finding ways to get him the ball.

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Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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