ESPY Play of the Year 2012: Christian Watford Takes Home Award for Clutch Shot

Austin GreenCorrespondent IJuly 11, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11:  NCAA player Christian Watford of the Indiana Hoosiers accepts the Best Play award from NFL player Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Indiana Hoosiers forward Christian Watford won the ESPY award for Play of the Year on Wednesday night.

Watford was awarded the honor for his efforts against the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats in December, when he drained a buzzer-beating three-pointer to defeat the No. 1 team in the country.

That cold-blooded dagger capped off a great overall game for Watford, as he put up 20 points and five rebounds against the eventual national champions. It was the best play of his three-year career at Indiana, and after averaging 12 points per game last season, he looks primed for a strong senior year.

Watford beat out several worthy candidates for the award, as each of the nominees were spectacular in their own right.

Left fielder Derrick Salberg of Lower Columbia College was nominated for his insane game-winning catch against Everett Community College.

Arkansas punt returner Joe Adams also made the exclusive list of nominees, earning the nod for his incredible touchdown return against Tennessee.

And finally, UFC fighter Edson Barboza proved that sometimes violence can be beautiful after connecting on this gorgeous and deadly spinning hook kick to knock out Terry Etim.

Although every play was amazing, Hoosier Nation stood up and voted for their man. Watford's three-pointer was selected as the best play of the last 12 months, and if Indiana fans are lucky, he'll be providing plenty more highlights next season.