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Clemons' 87-yard TD run nominated for national award

University of Kentucky tailback Josh Clemons' 87-yard touchdown run against Central Michigan on Sept. 10 has been nominated for the 2011 GEICO Play of the Year. Each week, fans vote for the Play of the Year and the winner will be announced on Best of College Football 2011 on CBS Nov. 25 at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Each week for nine weeks, four incredible college football plays will be nominated as the Play of the Year on the Best of College Football Facebook page (facebook.com/BestofCollegeFootball). A panel of college football experts will evaluate the nine fan favorites and name the 2011 Play of the Year.

Clemons’ run is competing against three other plays from week one, including a game-winning catch from Michigan’s Roy Roundtree, a trick-play touchdown pass from Arizona State’s Jamal Miles, and a punt return from Arkansas’ Joe Adams.

Clemons 87-yard rush against CMU was UK’s longest run since Bernie Scruggs' 88-yard run vs. Georgia in 1970 and was the third-longest touchdown run in school history. The native of Fayetteville, Ga., scored the game-winning touchdown for UK in its season opener with WKU, becoming the first true freshman running back to score a rushing touchdown in the season opener since Donnell Gordon in 1993.

Clemons leads the Wildcats in rushing this season with 37 carries for 193 yards and two touchdowns. Both of the true freshman's touchdowns this season have been game winners. Clemons has played in all three games for Kentucky on the young season, including picking up his first career start last week against Louisville.

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