Oklahoma State running back Barry J. Sanders (26) carries in the first quarter against Southeastern Louisiana. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Back in 1988, Barry Sanders blew through Miami of Ohio's defense and returned the season's opening kickoff for a touchdown, setting the tone for a Heisman-winning campaign.
On Saturday, Barry J. Sanders bobbed and weaved through Southeastern Louisiana's defense on a punt return in the first quarter of the opener and took it 57 yards to the 1, showing off some of his father's lateral quickness and field vision.
Here's dad's runback against Miami, Ohio, in 1988:
And here's Barry J's return against Southeastern Louisiana, on the same field.
WATCH: Take a look at Barry J. Sanders taking it back ALMOST all the way.
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Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State's coach and the elder Sanders' quarterback in 1988, said young Barry looked pretty good.
"He made three or four guys miss," Gundy said. "He's been solid back there, and trustworthy. There's a role back there for what he does for our team."
Sanders, a graduate transfer who attended Stanford last year, made an impression in his Oklahoma State debut. He had the long punt return, an 18-yard reception and a 1-yard touchdown run.
Gundy thought he was having a flashback as he watched Barry J. break the punt return.
"His dad returned a punt against somebody out here," Gundy said. "It was about at that part of the field, and it looked a lot like that."
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