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n. Football
A play in which the defensive team recovers and downs the ball behind its own goal line after the ball has been kicked or passed there by the team on offense. No points are scored, and the ball is put back in play by the recovering team on its own 20-yard line.


(American Football) American football a play in which the ball is put down by a player behind his own goal line when the ball has been put across the goal line by an opponent. Compare safety4b



a deliberate downing of the ball by a football team in its own end zone or possession assumed by that team when the ball lands beyond the end zone.
[1890–95, Amer.]


Play in which a ball is put down by a player behind his own goal line after an opposing player has put it across the goal line. The ball is then put in play on the receiving team’s 20- yard line.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.touchback - (American football) a play in which the opposing team has kicked the football into your end zonetouchback - (American football) a play in which the opposing team has kicked the football into your end zone
American football, American football game - a game played by two teams of 11 players on a rectangular field 100 yards long; teams try to get possession of the ball and advance it across the opponents goal line in a series of (running or passing) plays
football play - (American football) a play by the offensive team
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You can assume it's going to be a touchback and the guy runs the kickoff back 109 yards for a touchdown.
There are, however, three outcomes that can lead the opponent to start someplace else: a touchback, a kick out of bounds, or a return of a kickoff to another point.
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Numerous pictures circulated around the internet showing two replacement referees making two different signals on the play, one a touchdown and the other a touchback, further increasing incensed fans and league critics.
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Oh yes, and he can kick too, as he demonstrated against the Buffalo Bills last year, booming a 41-yard punt into the endzone for a touchback.
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If it goes into the end zone, it is a touchback and comes out to the 20.
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Marshall was headed in for a 54-yard touchdown but flipped the ball out of his hand before crossing the goal line - an "inexcusable" hot dog move that didn't cut the mustard for an irritated Helfrich or running backs coach Gary Campbell - to give South Dakota possession after the touchback.
Fuentes caught a 12-yard pass, but fumbled the ball as he was tackled at the 1-yard line and the ball rolled out of the end zone for a touchback.