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Fumbling the ball into the endzone

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by tante, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. tante

    tante Club Member Club Member

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    So I never really thought about it much until the game on Friday, but when Clemons fumbled the ball on the two and the ball went into the end zone and then rolled out of bounds, the ball was awarded to the defense per the rules. I guess my main question is what is the purpose of this rule? Why don't they put the ball at the one or the spot of the fumble? If it happens anywhere else on the field beside the other end zone, the team retains possession where the ball goes out of bounds. Why is a fumble so much more costly at the goal line?
     
  2. LongHaulBuff

    LongHaulBuff Club Member Club Member

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    Through the end zone = touchback
     
  3. tante

    tante Club Member Club Member

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    yes that is the rule, but why.
     
  4. Quattro

    Quattro Banned BANNED Club Member

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    Always seemed weird that when it's fumbled out of bounds it's from the spot where the ball went out and changes in the end zone, curious as well.
     
  5. dio

    dio Admin Club Member Junta Member

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    I remember when this almost happened to the Donks against the Pats in the playoffs back in 05
     
  6. MtnBuff

    MtnBuff Not allowed in Barzil 2 Club Member

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    Touchdown has always been possetion of the ball in the end zone by the scoring team. Fumbling out of bounds is simply advancing the ball (or going backwards) but the touchdown has required full possetion. Holdover from Rugby days I would imagine.
     
  7. LongHaulBuff

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    If you fumble the ball foward and out of bounds it goes back to the spot of the fumble.
     
  8. buff4bcs1985

    buff4bcs1985 Hail to the King

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    clemons fumbled forward... why didnt it count...or is that nfl only
     
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    I was responding to something Tini bought up. Fumbling through the end zone has always been a touchback. If you fumble through the end zone you don't deserve to get it back.
     
  10. zbuff

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    Might as well ask why a punt that touches the end line or a KO downed in the end zone is spotted at the 20. Just a rule.
     
  11. tante

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    I think that it actually makes sense, it doesn't reward or punish either team too much. whereas the fumble out of the end zone seems to favor the defense too much. Why not put the offense back at the 20 yard line then?
     
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    Ya I dont understand why it switches possession. That doesn't make sense.
     
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    Quattro Banned BANNED Club Member

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    Yeah my bad, got it mixed up.
     
  14. BehindEnemyLines

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    Could be that a fumble is a live ball, and since the defense is defending that particular end zone, a fumble through (and out of it) is considered to be successfully defending the end zone (scoring area).
     
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    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    I've always thought it was a bad rule. It has always seemed unfair to the offense. I'd prefer seeing the ball spotted where the offensive player lost possession of the ball.
     
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    We benefitted from this (not so much that we won the game, mind you) against Arizona State in '06.
     
  17. BuffUp

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    logical if you think about it - keeps players from purposefully fumbling through the endzone and awarded a touchdown.... I had thought TClem did it on purpose at first ^^, until I seen the replay... one of those rules that is great for your team and sucks when it goes against your team??
     
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    Nobody is saying it should be a touchdown just like elsewhere on the field you can't fumble yourself a first down. I just spot of fumble and retain possession
     
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    It's a rule that was a holdover from a time where it probably made more sense (I don't know what though), rarely is put into use, and therefore never really comes up when rule changes are discussed. &nbsp;Hell, I don't know about in college, but the NFL still allows for a free kick from the spot of a fair catch if the receiving team chooses to - no one ever does it, so nobody ever cares to worry about changing it.<br>
     
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    I remember that. Wasn't it Champ? He slowed down close to end zone and someone caught him right at the goal line and he fumbled. It was a close call that could have gone either way.

    I guess I don't understand the rule too well because it doesn't make sense to me. Going back to the spot of the fumble seems logical.
     
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    For shame... that was our very own Daniel Graham.
     
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  23. tante

    tante Club Member Club Member

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    yeah right. Graham was way to slow to do that. The guy that caught him was Ben Watson


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    Weird... I was at that game. I always thought it was Graham. My bad.
     

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