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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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Birmingham survived a nervous finale, as Scotland should have scored in the final minute but he gave Stuart Parnaby a grateful clearance after miscontrolling Febian Brandy's touchback following a brave block from Taylor.
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.
Schneider, Emerson and Stack all had at least one kickoff in the public showcase at Autzen, but Emerson had the only touchback.
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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If it goes into the end zone, it is a touchback and comes out to the 20.