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Yes. Just like a punt, the defensive team has the option of fielding the ball or letting it roll dead (assuming the ball does not travel out of bounds). However, if they do return it, they will take possession wherever the play ends; whereas if they let it roll dead, they will take possession at the previous spot (college) or the spot of the kick (NFL), or at the 20 yard line.

The exception is high school, where a missed field goal that rolls dead in the field of play will be spotted at that point, so in high school it makes sense to try and return a long field goal attempt. But in college or pro, it is rarely attempted except on the last play of a half.

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Yes and they can run it back as far as they can...same rules apply like its a fumble

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Only if they make it. If they make it; it counts as a field goal attempt and a field goal make. If it is missed, it does not count as a missed field goal.

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Matt Ryan missed a 22 yard attempt on 11/25/2012 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I've seen some other references to 23 yard misses.

In football when you miss the goal is it called a 'miss'?

Assuming you're talking about a missed field goal attempt in American football, the usual term is "no good," accompanied by "wide right," "wide left" or "short." However, "missed field goal" is also acceptable language, and sometimes that phrase is used in a box score or a stat sheet.

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