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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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Gostkowski has just 40 touchbacks on 99 kicks in (https://www.
Prior to this year my reasons were many, namely, most punts and kickoffs are touchbacks or fair catches, the defensive linemen were getting too big and injuring QB's who weigh over 100 pounds less, the ridiculous dancing even if the team is 14 or more points behind and the increasing scandalous behavior of the players.
He also has 17 touchbacks on 27 kickoffs after not handling those duties the past two seasons.
Jordan Norwood and Emmanuel Sanders have taken care of that job for the Broncos and there could be plenty of touchbacks.
I didn't have all the touchbacks like I usually do but I hit them high and our coverage team did a great job of tackling guys to keep the Titans players inside their own 20-yard line.
The third-year pro ranked fourth in the league in touchbacks with 60 on 86 kickoffs (.
556 points, Morstead's additional touchbacks generated 8.
Hocker kept Kansas State bottled up to start its offense with four touchbacks out of six kickoffs, and the Hogs allowed an average of 18.
Kickoff specialist Jake Harfman's been inconsistent with only nine touchbacks in 46 kickoffs.
Of Koch's 74 punts this season, only three have resulted in touchbacks.
The Ducks must replace one of last season's most consistent players, Matt Wogan, who had 52 touchbacks on 78 kickoffs.
All of my kick-offs led to touchbacks and I was successful in every one of my field goals and extra points.