Mon 12 Oct, 2015 06:58 am
If a team attempts a PAT, fumbles and the other team recovers, can it be advanced for a TD ? I'm thinking no, but if not, is the play officially over on recovery? And what advantage is to recovering, if not?
Also, can a team set up for a PAT, then recover their OWN fumble and run that in for 2pts? If so, why can THEY advance a fumble but the opposition cannot?
Interesting question. Here is the answer from Wikipedia
In American college, professional, and Canadian football (as well as, for a significant period of time, the Arena Football League, where missed extra points are rebounded back into the field of play), a two-point conversion attempt or a blocked PAT attempt where the defense gains possession of the ball can be returned by the defense to the other end zone to give the defensive team two points. The team that scored the touchdown then kicks off as normal. This is rare because of the infrequent use of the two-point conversion and the rarity of blocked extra points, combined with the difficulty of returning the ball the full length of the field. It has proven the winning margin in some games. Only once has an individual player scored two defensive two-point conversions in a game: Tony Holmes of the Texas Longhorns in a 1998 game against the Iowa State Cyclones.
On 19 May 2015, the NFL owners adopted a proposal to permit a defensive two-point conversion for the 2015 season.
College football has allowed for defensive two-point conversions since 1988.