2012 Top 10 Plays: (10) Jamal Golden's Punt Return vs USC

Jamal Golden was the Special Teams player of the game for his performance on this play. - Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Today we begin a new series: our 50-day countdown to Georgia Tech football. The first set of articles we'll be doing is looking at the top 10 plays from last season. Today, we begin with a huge play from the Sun Bowl.

Countdown to kickoff: 47 Days....

Game Situation: 7-7 tie, USC 32-yard line, 4th and 3, 13:20 left in the 3rd Quarter

The Play: USC punts into the stiff wind to return man Jamal Golden. The punt gets caught up in the wind and falls short, with Golden catching it on a bounce near midfield. Golden quickly accelerated and dodged about 4 of USC's coverage men before being off to the races down the right sideline. Golden was brought down by the punter just INCHES short of the goal line. A score would have been his third return touchdown of the season after taking two kickoffs to the house earlier in the season.

The Aftermath: On Tech's second play of the second half, Tevin Washington got his number called on a QB sneak to score a touchdown from inside the 1-yard line. The extra point gave Tech a 14-7 lead that wouldn't be relinquished, as the team went on to win 21-7 for its first bowl game win since the 2004 Champs Sports Bowl.

Where does this play rank on the entire season's radar for you?

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