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

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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.

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

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?