ATLANTA (AP) — Lance Austin returned a blocked field goal 78 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the game, giving Georgia Tech a stunning 22-16 upset of No. 9 Florida State on Saturday night.
Roberto Aguayo, one of the most accurate kickers in the country, attempted a 56-yard field goal to win the game for the Seminoles (6-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) with 6 seconds remaining. But the kick was low, and Patrick Gamble managed to get a hand on it.
While most of the Georgia Tech players celebrated, Austin went back to retrieve the ball, rolling along inside the 25-yard line.
Lance Austin makes a heads up play by retrieving the blocked field goal and returning it for a 78-yard touchdown and improbable win.
At first, he seemed hesitant to pick it up.
But then he did, taking off the other way in front of the Georgia Tech bench.
He avoided Aguayo’s diving attempt, then cut back on the final guy who had a shot at him to win the game for Georgia Tech (3-5, 1-4).
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Georgia Tech play-by-play announcer Brandon Gaudin called it ‘the miracle on Techwood Drive” in a must-listen call of the final play.