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Offense fumbles a shotgun snap on 4th down. Running back kicks ball into endzone. Wide receiver recovers in the endzone. Is this a TD, or turnover on downs?

Posted on 10/22 1:36 AM | IP: Logged

Assuming the kick was just incidental to trying to pick up the ball, it's a touchdown.

Posted on 10/22 8:17 AM | IP: Logged

So the intention of the kick is at the judgement of the officials. If that's the rule, it's too bad high school can't go to the rule that college and pro has, where a fumble cant be advanced by the offense. Any possibility of a future rule change on that? Seems like a bogus way to earn a first down or TD to me.

Posted on 10/24 8:17 PM | IP: Logged

I guess there's always a possibility. No idea whether it has/hasn't been discussed.

Posted on 10/25 5:46 AM | IP: Logged

I'm just not comfortable with a miscue/fumble by the offense that accidently turns out in their favor, and the "intention" of such advance by a fumble, like you had mentioned with SNAKE Stabler back in the NFL 70's. The rule could be simplified to take the pressure off the officials to rule on something as ambiguous as player's intention. You guys have a lot of other stuff to call to be worried about player's intent. Thanks for the information.

Posted on 11/8 7:55 PM | IP: Logged

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