College Football Rules: Points After A TouchdownPosted: November 10, 2013
Pop Quiz: What’s the play following a college football six-point touchdown called?
Pop Quiz Choices: A: The Extra Point; B: The PAT; C: The Try Down; or D: The Fumbleroosky.
Pop Quiz Answer: C
I recently read portions of the 211-page NCAA Football 2013 and 2014 Rules and Interpretations following Nebraska’s Hail Mary pass against Northwestern. (Nebraska won the game by three points on the game’s final play, and a guy asked me why Nebraska didn’t kick the extra point after the final play to put Nebraska up by four points, which happened to be the number of points by which Nebraska was favored at the start of the game. Anyone who bet on Nebraska would have benefited from a successful extra point, in which case the bet result would have been a “push” instead of a lost bet, in which case the bettor’s money would have been returned to him instead of having been lost.)
Pages 83-88 of the Rules and Interpretations discuss Scoring. Here’s what I learned:
The play after a six-point touchdown is called the Try Down–an actual down during which the clock does not run. And–interestingly–a offensive or defensive team can score a touchdown during the Try Down that follows a touchdown. A Try Down touchdown is worth two points. (Most refer to this as a two-point conversion.)
The offensive team can also score a field goal during the Try Down that follows a touchdown. A Try Down field goal is worth one point. (Most refer to this as an extra point or PAT [Point After Touchdown].)
The defensive team can score a safety during the Try Down that follows a touchdown. A Try Down safety is worth one point.
Rule 8, Section 3, Article 2(a) says that no Try Down occurs if the play itself will not affect the game’s outcome. Ergo, Nebraska did not kick the one-point Try Down field goal (extra point) because no Try Down score by either team would have affected the game’s outcome (as Nebraska took a three-point lead on the final play).
So let’s assume that 10% of the roughly 90,000 people in the stadium wagered an average of $20.00 on Nebraska. In this scenario, Rule 8, Section 3, Article 2(a) resulted in roughly $180,000.00 not being returned to those bettors.