Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets return specialist and defensive back Jamal Golden's 56-yard punt return in the third quarter of the 2012 Sun Bowl set up Tevin Washington's go-ahead touchdown run, giving Tech a 14-7 lead it would not relinquish.
Golden has had a knack for big plays on special teams, returning two kicks for scores earlier in the season, Georgia Tech's first touchdown returns in 14 years. In addition, Golden took snaps on defense at safety, helping to fill in for leading tackler Isaiah Johnson and his backup, Chris Milton, both of whom missed the game due to injury. Golden is usually a cornerback, but didn't mind switching to help his team, the sophomore from Wetumpka, Ala., told Ken Sugiura of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
"I was not going to be the guy to let my team down."
Golden added an interception to his big punt return, picking off USC quarterback Max Wittek in the end zone to end the Trojans' scoring threat late in the fourth quarter, sealing the victory for Georgia Tech.