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Photos: It's celebration time in sports


One of the joys of watching sports is seeing athletes and fans celebrate. The emotion is so raw, real and spontaneous that it makes for indelible images.

In the season of celebration, here are some cool shots from the past month of jocks and fans letting it all out in sports ranging from college and pro football to soccer and mixed martial arts.

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Photo 1: Oregon State Beavers fans celebrate before the game against the Oregon Ducks at Reser Stadium. (Photo by: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports)

Photo 2: Villanova Wildcats fans celebrate after defeating the Saint Joseph's Hawks at the Pavilion. Villanova defeated Saint Joseph's 65-61. (Photo by: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports)

Photo 3: New York Giants running back David Wilson (22) celebrates his touchdown with tight end Martellus Bennett (85) against the New Orleans Saints at Metlife Stadium. (Photo by: Andrew Mills/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports)

Photo 4: Washington Redskins kicker Kai Forbath (2) celebrates with punter Sav Rocca (6) after making the game winning field goal to beat the Baltimore Ravens 31-28 at FedEx Field. (Photo by: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports)

Photo 5: Georgetown Hoyas player Ian Christianson (6) sits dejected on the field as the Indiana Hoosiers carry the NCAA soccer championship trophy out onto the field after the game at Regions Park. (Photo by: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports)

Photo 6: Navy Midshipmen wide receiver Shawn Lynch (87) celebrates with running back DeBrandon Sanders (45) after Navy beat the Army Black Knights 17-13 at Lincoln Financial Field. (Photo by: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports)

Photo 7: Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions kicker Tyler Strickland (3) celebrates with teammate wide receiver Deondre Curtis (83) as Jackson State Tigers quarterback Clayton Moore (7) walks to the locker room after the Golden Lions won the SWAC Championship at Legion Field. The Golden Lions defeated the Tigers 24-21 in Overtime. (Photo by: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports)

Photo 8: Marcus LeVesseur, left, celebrates his victory over Abel Trujillo during their second round lightweight bout at MMA on FOX 5 at Key Arena. (Photo by: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)

Photo 9: Buffalo Bills wide receiver T.J. Graham (11) jumps on running back C.J. Spiller (28) to celebrate a second half touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Buffalo beats Jacksonville 34 to 18. (Photo by: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports)

Photo 10: Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Bart Houston (13) celebrates by stopping to smell a rose after defeating the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the Big Ten championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Wisconsin defeated Nebraska 70-31. (Photo by: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

Photo 11: Kansas State Wildcats fans celebrate a touchdown during a 42-24 win over the Texas Longhorns at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. (Photo by: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports)

Photo 12: Florida State Seminoles running back Devonta Freeman (8) celebrates with offensive linesman Cameron Erving (75) after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter in the ACC Championship at Bank of America Stadium. (Photo by: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

Photo 13: Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron (10) celebrates with offensive linesman Barrett Jones (75) after winning the 2012 SEC Championship game against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Georgia Dome. Alabama won 32-28. (Photo by: Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports)

Photo 14: The Los Angeles Galaxy celebrate after the 2012 MLS Cup game against the Houston Dynamo at the Home Depot Center. The Los Angeles Galaxy defeated the Houston Dynamo 3-1. (Photo by: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports)

Photo 15: Arkansas State Red Wolves wide receiver Rocky Hayes (38) is held up as he and teammates celebrate after a touchdown by Hayes against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at Liberty Bank Stadium. (Photo by: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports)

Photo 16: Kent State Golden Flashes fans celebrate after a first down in the first quarter of the 2012 MAC Championship against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ford Field. (Photo by: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports)