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100 Day Sun Devil Football Countdown To Kickoff, #69: Omar Bolden Kickoff Return Against Wisconsin In 2010

Omar Bolden, fearless football hero. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Omar Bolden, fearless football hero. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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This countdown list has a dizzying array of Sun Devil moments - plays, players, coaches, mascots, traditions, and legacies. Today, we look back one of Omar Bolden's finest moments in maroon and gold.

The year was 2010, and ASU was facing a stiff test in Camp Randall against the #11 Wisconsin Badgers. As the first quarter wound to a close, Wisconsin held a 3-0 lead and were doing a good job containing the Sun Devils offense led by Steven Threet.

Enter: Omar. Kyle Middlebrooks and Bolden lined up to receive the kickoff following a Badgers field goal, and within twelve seconds both the announcers and the Wisconsin fans knew how fast ASU was.

When a player runs the entire length of the field without being touched by the defense, you automatically assume the worst. A block in the back, holding, or any other penalty that would negate the touchdown.

In this case, everything was clean. ASU's special teams put on a clinic that Saturday, having their way with kick returns all game long. If it weren't for Kyle Middlebrooks coming up just a yard short or our flawed execution of an extra point, the Sun Devils would likely have gone back to Tempe as winners.

Omar Bolden might be doing this for the Denver Broncos in 2012. For now, just marvel at one of the Sun Devil greats.


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