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punt

(pənt)
in. to do something different in a pinch; to improvise. (From the act of kicking the ball in order to gain ground in football.) Everyone expected me to lose my temper, so I punted. I cried instead of getting mad.
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With a third-and-1 situation from the USC 21, White lost two yards and the Trojans punted.
Malone punted just twice against California, averaging 57 yards per kick.
Of course, Perkins wasn't the only one surprised the Bruins punted to him.
He's had a punt blocked, punted with his heels touching the back of the end zone and, in the most bizarre situation, been unfairly blamed for a missed extra point against Washington State.
Pushed back to the 35 and with loss of a down, the Bruins punted.
Ainsworth, who can punt a football farther than most high schoolers, finally punted on the socks issue.
He didn't kick spirals that would make Cowboys fans forget Lingua, but being able to get the ball downfield without incident qualified as a confidence builder for Vaughn, who hadn't punted in two years.