3 Years Ago: Giovani Bernard Returns Game Winning Touchdown

3 Years Ago: Giovani Bernard Returns Game Winning Touchdown

Jones Angell exclaimed those words three years ago when Giovani Bernard returned a Wolfpack punt for a game-winning touchdown.

The game, on October 27, 2012, was tied at 35 with 30 seconds left in regulation. NC State punter Wil Baumann stood on his team’s 11 yard line. He took the long-snap, stepped up, and booted the football away.

Fifteen seconds later, Giovani Bernard was running into the end-zone and the Kenan Stadium crowd went wild. It was a good day for Giovani Bernard. This was his third touchdown.

The 73-yard punt return by Giovani Bernard put the Tar Heels up 41-35 over the Wolfpack. A two-point conversion pushed the lead to 43-35. The Wolfpack failed at an onside-kick attempt and then Bryn Renner took a knee to end the game.

SBNation said the game was one of the best of 2012.

Head coach Larry Fedora was in his first year with the Tar Heels. The win was Carolina’s first over NC State after five straight losses.

Giovani Bernard was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2013. In less than 3 seasons in the NFL, the running back has scored 17 total touchdowns. All of that scoring has come on offense.

In 2015, the Tar Heel football team is beginning to generate the kind of excitement that was seen in Kenan Stadium on October 27, 2012. The Tar Heels are undefeated in the ACC and are 6-1, overall.

Relive the magical play via the ACC Digital Network. We get the call from television at the beginning of the video, so make sure you stick around for the second angle of the play featuring the incredible radio call from Jones Angell.

 

Jeffrey Clayton | Chapelboro.com | October 27, 2015

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