SEATTLE — Washington’s Dante Pettis broke the NCAA record for punt returns for touchdowns with nine, after taking a punt back 64 yards for a score in the second quarter against Oregon on Saturday.

Pettis touchdown return gave the 12th-ranked Huskies a 10-3 lead. Pettis caught the line drive punt from Oregon’s Adam Stack, made the initial defenders miss, hurdled an attempted tackle from Stack at the Oregon 40 and found open space as he sprinted to the end zone.

It was the fourth punt return for a score this season by Pettis, tying a Pac-12 record. He had punt return touchdowns in three straight games in September to pull even with Antonio Perkins (Oklahoma) and Wes Welker (Texas Tech) on the NCAA list.

It’s been a good week for the Pettis family after father Gary won a World Series title as a coach for the Houston Astros.


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