One-point safety by defending team


There is no way for a team to score just 1 point in American Football (final score 1-0).

If an extra point it blocked and returned for a score it will result in 2 points for the returning team. This is also true if the kick is blocked and does not cross the line of scrimmage, the ball can be advanced by the kicking team for 2 points.

If it is a Field Goal attempt and the kick is blocked than the defending team can return it for a touchdown (6 points).

Note: If a field goal is attempted and partially block and the ball travels past the line of scrimmage it is treated like a punt and can only be recovered by the kicking team if the defending team touches the ball first. However, I do not believe that the kicking team can advance the ball once it is touched by the defending team.

EDIT: There is still no way for a team to end up with a final score of 1, however there is another way for a team to end up scoring 1 point other than the usual extra...

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Friday, November 26, 2004

About that Longhorn one-point safety

I don't do a lot of sports blogging as a rule. I'm a fan, but in moderation, and don't bring any particular knowledge or skills base to my sports blogging. But today's Texas A&M versus Texas game may be an exception — one in which the game officials needed a lawyer on the spot to help persuade the ABC Sports commentators that the officials knew whereof they spoke.

As best I could tell, here's what happened: Early in the second half, Texas blocked an Aggie punt, recovered it, and advanced it for a touchdown. Texas' regular placekicking holder was out with an injury; the backup holder bobbled the snap and Texas' placekicker muffed the Point-After-Touchdown kick, booting it through the offensive and defensive line into (but not all the way out of) the end zone. One of the Aggie defenders recovered the live ball — took possession of it, and advanced it out of the end-zone (trying for a two-point...

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In gridiron football, the safety (American football) or safety touch (Canadian football) is a scoring play that results in two points (or, in rare cases, one point) being awarded to the scoring team. Safeties can be scored in a number of ways, such as when a ball carrier is tackled in his own end zone or when a foul is committed by the offense in their own end zone. After a safety is scored in American football, the ball is kicked off to the team that scored the safety from the 20-yard line; in Canadian football, the scoring team also has the options of taking control of the ball at their own 35-yard line or kicking off the ball, also at their own 35-yard line. The ability of the scoring team to receive the ball through a kickoff differs from the touchdown and field goal, which require the scoring team to kick the ball off to the scored upon team.[1] Despite being of relatively low point value, safeties can have a significant impact on the result of games, and Brian Burke of...

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Every score from 1 to 100 as possible in an NCAA football game but not an NFL game.

During a game, the team can score 1, 2, 3, or 6 points at any one time. (A team cannot score 1 point without first having scored a touchdown.) The lowest score possible without having scored a touchdown is two points, resulting from a safety.

However it is possible for a game to end with a score of 1 – 0 if one team forfeits the game and neither team has otherwise scored. Such a score would result from a forfeit where one team, for one reason or another, fails to complete the game or show up for a game. In that case the opponent would be awarded a score of 1 point. If the offended team is ahead at the time of the forfeit, the score would stand. Source: the 2011 – 2012 NCAA college football rules book (see picture, above).

The NCAA rulebook can be downloaded here:

According to the NFL rulebook, the score of a forfeited game is 2 – 0. The...

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Learn more about Safety (football)

In American football and Canadian football, safety can refer to:

two positions in the most-common defensive backfield setup, the strong safety and the free safety, or a type of score, worth one or two points.

[edit] Safety scores

A safety, also known in Canadian football as a safety touch, is the act by which one team gains two points when an opponent who possesses the ball:

is tackled in his own end zone runs out of bounds in or behind the end line of his own end zone fumbles the ball out of bounds in the end zone or across the end line downs (kneels or falls on) the ball in the end zone (an intentional safety) commits certain penalties, such as holding or intentional grounding, in the end zone.

If a player on the defense gains possession of the ball in their own end zone through a fumble recovery or interception and is tackled there, it is a touchback, not a safety. If he makes an interception outside of the end...

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A safety or safety touch, is a type of score in American football and Canadian football where a defensive team gains two points when the offensive team is tackled or loses possession in their own end zone. United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Canadian football is a sport in which two teams of twelve players each compete for territorial control of a field of play 110 yards (100. ... Most forms of football have a move known as a tackle. ... The end zone is a term in both Canadian football and American football. ...

Safety scores

A safety is the act by which one team gains two points when an opponent who possesses the ball:

is tackled in his own end zone runs out of bounds in or behind the end line of his own end zone fumbles the ball out of bounds in the end zone or across the end line downs (kneels or falls on) the ball in the end zone (an intentional safety) commits certain...
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Game play in American football consists of a series of downs, individual plays of short duration, outside of which the ball is dead or not in play. These can be plays from scrimmage – passes, runs, punts, or field goal attempts (from either a place kick or a drop kick) – or free kicks such as kickoffs and fair catch kicks. Substitutions can be made between downs, which allows for a great deal of specialization as coaches choose the players best suited for each particular situation. During a play, each team should have no more than 11 players on the field, and each of them has specific tasks assigned for that specific play.

Objective of the game

The objective of this game is to score more points than the other team during the allotted time.[2] The team with the ball (the offense) has 4 plays (downs) to advance at least 10 yards, and can score points once they reach the opposite end of the field, which is home to a scoring zone called the end zone, as well as the goal...

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A safety or safety touch is a type of score in American football and Canadian football and is worth two points (with one very rare exception). In American football, it is the only means by which a team not in possession of the football can score points. A safety may occur in a variety of ways, most commonly when an opponent in possession of the football is tackled in his own end zone.

Safety scores

Among the ways the defensive (non-possessing) team may score a safety are:

an opponent in possession of the ball is tackled in his own end zone; an opponent in possession of the ball steps out of play (i.e., across the side line or end line) from his own end zone; an opponent snaps, laterals, or fumbles the ball out of play in his own end zone; an opponent fumbles the ball in the field of play and the loose ball touches the pylon of his own end zone; an opponent downs (kneels or falls on) the ball in his own end zone (an...
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American football glossary

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The following terms are used in American football and Canadian football, but see also the glossary of Canadian football.


3-3-5 defense A variation of the Nickel formation with 3 linemen (2 De & 1 DT), 3 linebackers (2 OLB & 1 MLB), and 5 defensive backs (3 CB, 1 SS & 1 FS). Often called a 3-3 stack. Also called the "Rule Breaker" due to the fact that it often changes blocking schemes for the offensive line. 3-4 defense a defensive formation with 3 linemen and 4 linebackers. A professional...
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In American and Canadian football, a two-point conversion or two-point convert is a play a team attempts instead of kicking a one-point conversion immediately after it scores a touchdown. In a two-point conversion attempt, the team that just scored must run a play from close to the opponent's goal line (5-yard line in amateur Canadian, 3-yard line in professional Canadian, 3-yard line in amateur American, 2-yard line in professional American) and advance the ball across the goal line in the same manner as if they were scoring a touchdown. If the team succeeds, it earns two additional points on top of the six points for the touchdown. If the team fails, no additional points are scored. In either case, the team proceeds to a kickoff.

Various sources estimate the success rate of a two-point conversion to be between 40% and 55%, significantly lower than that of the extra point, though if the higher value is to be believed, a higher expected value is achieved through the...

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(Updated with Oregon's Fiesta Bowl and Hamline's 2000 one-point safeties.)

Before the 1988 season, the NCAA made a rule change, awarding college football teams two points for returning a failed extra point or two-point conversion. This happens occasionally (9 times in I-A football in 2005).

This rule change brought in play a truly obscure rule: the one-point safety. If a defensive player retreats into his own end zone following an interception, fumble, or blocked kick on a conversion attempt and is tackled there, the tackling team is awarded 1 point. (Similarly, if the converting team retreats into its own end zone and is tackled there, the defense is awarded 1 point, but that end zone is 97 yards away, so this is extremely unlikely.) This rule did exist before 1988, but the defense had no incentive to return a failed conversation, so it had no effect.

NCAA Rule 8-1-1: The point value of scoring plays shall be ... Successful Try: ... Safety --- 1...

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Hey, football fans! Have you ever seen a one-point safety? Well, you have now:

What looked an ordinary blocked extra point in Thursday's night Fiesta Bowl between Oregon and Kansas State was actually one of the true "White Whale" scenarios in the sport. Following a touchdown run by Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota to put the Ducks ahead in the third quarter, 31-10, K-State cornerback Allen Chapman was tackled in his own end zone after the blocked kick was recovered in the field of play. According to the NCAA rulebook:

ARTICLE 1. It is a safety when:

a. The ball becomes dead out of bounds behind a goal line, except from an incomplete forward pass, or becomes dead in the possession of a player on, above or behind his own goal line, or becomes dead by rule, and the defending team is responsible for the ball being there. (A.R. 6-3-1-IV; A.R. 7-2-4-I; A.R. 8-5-1-I-II, IV and VI-VIII; A.R. 8-7-2-II; and A.R. 9-4-1-VIII).

When in question, it is a touchback,...

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A little-noticed aspect of the NFL’s new extra point rule is that we could see, for the first time in league history, a one-point safety.

If the defense gets the ball in the field of play on a conversion attemp, and then a defensive player takes the ball into his own end zone and is tackled, the result will be a one-point safety: The offensive team will get one point. That has never happened before in NFL history.

It had never happened before because it was virtually impossible: In the past, any time the defense took possession of the ball on a point-after attempt (either a one-point kick or a two-point conversion), the play was blown dead. A one-point safety was theoretically possible before, but it would have happened only if the defensive team had illegally batted a fumbled ball in the end zone.

One-point safeties have happened in college football, most notably in the 2013 Fiesta Bowl, when Kansas State blocked an Oregon extra point and a Kansas State...

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2013 Fiesta Bowl
Oregon Ducks 31 at Kansas State Wildcats 10
One-Point Try after Touchdown by Oregon, 8:03 of Q3

Alejandro Maldonado Kick Blocked, Recovered By Kansas State For 1-Point Safety For Oregon

There's nothing quite like a play the referee refers to as "unusual." Here, the Oregon Ducks attempted a one-point try following a touchdown (commonly referred to as the "extra point"). In an amazing display of blocking ineptitude, the snapper somehow ends up responsible for two rushers, one of whom breezes by and gets both hands on the ball. The ball flies up into the air and a defender catches it in the air. Seeing no running room in front, he retreats roughly two yards, into his own end zone, and attempts a return from there (even trying to use the side judge as a pick).

Oregon's special teams are having none of this, and the holder of all players rushes in and attempts a tackle in the end zone. The ball carrier attempts to lateral the ball to a...

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NFL Rules Digest: Try

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After a touchdown, the scoring team is allowed a try during one scrimmage down. The ball may be spotted anywhere between the inbounds lines, two or more yards from the goal line. The successful conversion counts one point by kick; two points for a successful conversion by touchdown; or one point for a safety. The defensive team never can score on a try. As soon as defense gets possession or the kick is blocked or a touchdown is not scored, the try is over. Any distance penalty for fouls committed by the defense that prevent the try from being attempted can be enforced on the succeeding try or succeeding kickoff. Any foul committed on a successful try will result in a distance penalty being assessed on the ensuing kickoff. Only the fumbling player can recover and advance a fumble during a...
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A one point safety can occur during extra point tries. In college football, the ball is "live" during extra point kicks and two point conversions. Should the defensive team recover or interecept the ball, and then retreat backwards into their end zone and be tackled, ONE point is awarded to the offensive team. This occured during the Texan-Texas A&M game. A one point safety can occur during a pro game on a block kick attempt. to get a 1 point safety is on a extra point attempt. the kick gets block and the other team recovers it and is out of the endzone then he runs back in his endzone and gets tackled A one point safety is also called if the offense carries the ball out of the endzone, fumbles back into the endzone and then recovers it and cannot advance it back out. This happened in a Tennessee-Florida game a few years back. Answer Though it has never happened, there is one other way in which a one-point safety can be scored in a college football game*, this one by the...

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