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Kent State player recovers muffed punt, runs the wrong way


And before I continue, no, you can’t advance a muffed punt. In any direction.

Be that as it may, that didn’t stop Kent State’s Andre Parker from trying. To set the scene, a punt grazed a Towson player. Parker then proceeded to pick up the muffed punt and run with it. In the opposite direction. And, bless his heart, he made it quite a ways before he was tackled by a pair of Towson defenders.

Why Parker was tackled remains as much a mystery as Parker’s actual decision to pick up a muffed punt and run it in the opposite direction but daggumit college football is back! 

Since no words can really ever do this series of events justice, you can just view the video HERE.

Kent State would go on to beat Towson 41-21.

(Also, the punt was returned to the Towson 7-yard line where it belonged.) 

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8 Responses to “Kent State player recovers muffed punt, runs the wrong way”
  1. watchfullhose says: Aug 30, 2012 11:52 PM

    Were replacement refs involved in not blowing this play dead as well?

  2. steeler1nation says: Aug 31, 2012 12:49 AM

    very funny…but, I feel bad for that poor kid. Fortunately for him — Kent State won the game & he, his teammates, and coaches can laugh about it after the game.
    Just glad college football is back, baby!!!

  3. mauldawg says: Aug 31, 2012 6:10 AM

    watchfullhouse, Why would the play be call dead?Do you know anything about football?I guess not.

  4. ndnut says: Aug 31, 2012 7:22 AM


    It was just explained in the article that you can’t advance a muffed punt, ergo the play should’ve been blown dead. Do you:
    1. Understand football
    2. Read the article before posting comments?

  5. gmsalpha says: Aug 31, 2012 10:58 AM

    Per “muffed punt” on Wikipedia:

    In the case of a fumble, the ball is live and can be returned by the team that recovers the ball. In the case of a muffed punt, it is possible for the punting team to recover the ball and continue the drive, but at least in NCAA and NFL rules, they cannot advance the ball on that same play.


    Still, watching that video made me laugh out loud. I mean yeah, I feel bad for the guy, but it’s hilarious all the same, and quite embarrassing.

  6. handsofsweed says: Aug 31, 2012 12:14 PM

    In honor of this event, I will be hanging my framed KSU degree upside-down on my wall for the next week.

    !!sehsalF oG

  7. steeler1nation says: Aug 31, 2012 2:15 PM

    @ handsofweed — don’t be so hard on yourself as a KSU grad, (if you are indeed one), think about what is dumber: that backwards return, or the Towson players! — How about those Towson players tackling the KSU player before he backwards returned in for a would-be safety?

  8. timb12 says: Sep 1, 2012 8:54 AM

    I’m sure the refs didn’t blow it dead because they were thinking “let’s see how far he goes before he realizes its the wrong way”

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