Florida State Seminoles: Best of 2012

Top 5 moments: Joyner's return

December, 10, 2012
With 2012 winding to a close, we're counting down the five biggest moments of the past season for Florida State. Starting off at No. 5: Lamarcus Joyner's 90-yard kick return against Clemson.

In the end, there were myriad highlights, and the list of heroes on both sides of the ball was extensive. But in what proved to be the biggest win of the season for Florida State, the play that defined the Seminoles' come-from-behind win over Clemson in Week 4 came on special teams.

Through the first three games of the season, Florida State's defense allowed just one score, which meant Lamarcus Joyner had enjoyed precious few opportunities to return kicks. Midway through the third quarter against Clemson, however, Joyner finally found some room to run, and his 90-yard kick return swung the momentum in the game.

“That was a big play there. That ignited us," Jimbo Fisher said. "That was a tremendous play. In the first half we struggled on special teams but in the second half, we took over.”

With 7:07 to play in the quarter, Clemson had just booted a field goal to take a 10-point lead, the fifth time the Tigers had scored in nine possessions. FSU didn't just need a touchdown -- it needed one quickly if it was going to mount a late rally.

Joyner delivered. Almost.

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