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Oregon benefits, slightly, from a one-point safety

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If this is Chip Kelly‘s last game as Oregon’s head coach, he’s going out in style.

Up 21 points on Kansas State in the third quarter following a Marcus Mariota touchdown, the Ducks lined up to attempt an extra point. The kick was blocked, recovered by Kansas State and pitched backward into the end zone to Wildcats receiver Chris Harper, who was tackled. What transpired next was along the lines a Loch Ness Monster sighting.

Official Ron Cherry walked to the middle field and announced “an unusual ruling” that resulted in a one-point safety for Oregon. It essentially counted as the extra point that was blocked. Here’s video of Cherry attempting to explain what he just saw. Yes, he was a trooper about it.

Just how Kelly drew it up.

Twitter sourcing tells us that the one-point safety can be found in Rule  8, Section 3, Article 2, Subsection I in the NCAA’s rulebook.

No. 5 Oregon leads No. 7 Kansas State 32-10 in the third quarter.

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8 Responses to “Oregon benefits, slightly, from a one-point safety”
  1. duklover says: Jan 3, 2013 11:50 PM

    Number 2! Try harder next year! Go Ducks!

  2. sssjim7 says: Jan 4, 2013 12:36 AM

    wow… new one to me… never heard of that rule before – learn something new every day! :)

    I wonder how many other obscure rules are buried in the rulebook? hrm…. 😉

  3. rawgator06 says: Jan 4, 2013 1:05 AM

    That was one of the stranger plays that I have seen in a while…why on earth did the player pitch the ball to a teammate in the end zone?

  4. scalpemseminoles says: Jan 4, 2013 6:44 AM

    This ref does acc games and he is always weird…

  5. tg1896 says: Jan 4, 2013 6:51 AM

    Ron Cherry is The Man!

  6. sportsdrenched says: Jan 4, 2013 10:13 AM

    I knew an opponent could run the blocked/int/fumble-runback PAT back for a 2 point conversion. Terrance Newman ran a USC blocked PAT back for 2 pts when USC played in Manhattan 10 years ago. I did not know about a 1 pt safety.

    Ron Cherry is gaining some celebrity status. I suggest you Youtube: Ron Cherry + “Giving him the business”

  7. sportsdrenched says: Jan 4, 2013 10:14 AM

    ..and if any of you care. 1 pt safety can happen in the NFL too.

  8. sssjim7 says: Jan 4, 2013 1:06 PM

    Didn’t there used to be a drop-kick rule where you could drop the ball and kick it as it hit the ground… and if it went through the goal posts you got some points????

    Or was that the NFL? Wonder if it is still in the books, too?

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