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The NCAA rules on why Texas didn’t kick final extra point against Oklahoma

by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: October 17, 2012
The OU team, including coach Bob Stoops pose for a team photo after the Red River Rivalry college football game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and the University of Texas (UT) at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Oklahoma won 63-21. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
The OU team, including coach Bob Stoops pose for a team photo after the Red River Rivalry college football game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and the University of Texas (UT) at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Oklahoma won 63-21. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson lofted a pass into the end zone as the final seconds expired in the Seahawk’s Week 3 NFL game against the Green Bay Packers.

The Hail Mary was much like the one Texas’ quarterback Case McCoy slung downfield during the 107th annual Red River Rivalry on Saturday at the Cotton Bowl.

But there’s a difference in what happened next.

In the NFL game, the field was flooded with players, media and absolute confusion. The Packers ran to their locker room before a final point was ever kicked, but eventually came back out on the field to line up in formation for the point after attempt due to the NFL rules.

In the OU-Texas game, the officials blew a whistle, said that the game ended after the touchdown and the point after would not be attempted.

According to the NCAA’s rules, if a touchdown is scored as time expires, the period can be extended for a try except if it happens in the fourth period and the points would not affect the outcome of the game.

 

If you’re really into rules and the NCAA’s definition these are the rules:

RULE 3, SECTION 2 ARTICLE 3.C
Extension of Periods

ARTICLE 3. a. A period shall be extended for an untimed down if one or more of the following occurs during a down in which time expires (A.R. 3-2-3-I-VIII):

c. If a touchdown is scored during a down in which time expires, the period is extended for the try (Exception: Rule 8-3-2-a).

 

RULE 8 SECTION 3 ARTICLE 2.A.

Opportunity to Score

ARTICLE 2. A try is an opportunity for either team to score one or two points while the game clock is stopped after a touchdown. It is a special interval in the game which, for purposes of penalty enforcement only, includes both a down and the “ready’’ period that precedes it.

a. The ball shall be put in play by the team that scored a six-point touchdown. If a touchdown is scored during a down in which time in the fourth period expires, the try shall not be attempted unless the point(s) would affect the outcome of the game.

 


by Stephanie Kuzydym
Reporter
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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