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Return TDs show why long field-goal tries remain risky

3 years 2 weeks 1 day ago Friday, October 30 2015 Oct 30, 2015 October 30, 2015 8:57 AM October 30, 2015 in Sports
Source: Associated Press
By: Steve Magargee

The improbable finish to the Georgia Tech-Florida State game has turned into a teaching opportunity at practice fields across the country.

FSU lined up to try a 56-yard field goal with just seconds left. Instead, the Yellow Jackets returned the miss for a winning touchdown.

It provides one more lesson that the risks of attempting a long field goal go beyond the likelihood of missing.

According to STATS LLC, Football Bowl Subdivision teams have made just 32 field goals from at least 53 yards out since 2014. During that stretch, FBS schools have completed 25 touchdown passes of at least 40 yards in the final 30 seconds of the first or second half of a game.

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