Oregon wide receiver Devon Allen had an Olympic-themed celebration planned for his first touchdown since 2014.
Allen, who finished fifth in the 110m hurdles in Rio, cleared two more invisible hurdles in the end zone after his 77-yard scoring catch in Oregon’s 44-26 win over Virginia on Saturday night.
“I wanted to do something to incorporate the whole Olympic hurdle thing, and I think that was the best thing I could have done on a touchdown,” Allen told media. “It was pretty funny. My teammates got a kick out of it, too.”
Allen said he had been planning it for about a week.
“I was going to do it last week if I scored,” said Allen, who didn’t catch a pass in the season opener the previous Saturday. “It’s kind of a bigger stage this week because it was on ESPN. I think it was a little bit more funny.”
Allen, a 21-year-old junior, caught four passes for 141 yards Saturday, his best output since the 2014 season, one that ended with a torn ACL on the opening kickoff of the Rose Bowl.
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