1. Welcome to SportsJournalists.com, a friendly forum for discussing all things sports and journalism.

    Your voice is missing! You will need to register for a free account to get access to the following site features:
    • Reply to discussions and create your own threads.
    • Access to private conversations with other members.
    • Fewer ads.

    We hope to see you as a part of our community soon!

Yet another football stat question ...

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Rhody31, Dec 7, 2010.

  1. Rhody31

    Rhody31 Well-Known Member

    Player A has the ball at his own 36, takes a toss left and is hit at the 35, where he fumbles the ball, which is then picked up at the 34 by a teammate who takes it to the house.
    Right now I have Player A for a -1 yard rush, but does Player B get credited with a 66 rushing yards and no carry or a 66-yard fumble recovery? How the hell would I write that in a box score?
    Like this:
    M-Player B 66 yard fumble return
  2. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    Correct. It would be a 66-yard fumble return. Player B gets no rushing yards, no carry and no rushing TD.

    The rush attempt ends with the fumble.

    If you keep the stat, it would go under return yards in the box score (instead of passing, rushing or receiving yards).
  3. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    But what if Player A carries the ball 10 yards past the line of scrimmage then fumbles?
  4. rtse11

    rtse11 Member

    From the NCAA statisticians manual:
    Article 3. An offensive fumble recovered by a teammate on or
    behind the line of scrimmage is recorded as follows:
    (a) If advanced beyond the line of scrimmage, charge the player
    who fumbled with a rush. Credit the teammate with no rush
    but with yardage, determined from the line of scrimmage.
    A.R. 1. team A’s ball on team b’s 20. Adams fumbles at the 26.
    Allen recovers at the 25 and advances for a touchdown. Charge
    Adams with a rush of zero yards. Credit Allen with no rush but
    with 20 yards under “Rushing" and a touchdown. Charge Team
    A with a fumble not lost.
  5. Rhody31

    Rhody31 Well-Known Member

    I'm not worried about Player A. He gets the yardage up to the point of the fumble. Player B was making my head hurt.
  6. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

    It'd still be a fumble return for a touchdown.
  7. mediaguy

    mediaguy Well-Known Member

    Is it me, or does Player A have a problem with fumbles? Always seems like he gets the ball in that manual, and it's never good things that happen.
  8. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    It's because he playes for Coach A.
  9. rtse11

    rtse11 Member

    Sorry, but you can't have an offensive fumble return for a touchdown. Think about it - how, logically, does an offensive player "return" a fumble? It's all part of the rushing attempt.
  10. mediaguy

    mediaguy Well-Known Member

    I just think Backup Player A deserves a chance to fumble every once in a while. He's so good in practice.
  11. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    Exactly. If he didn't score, but got enough for a first down, you'd have to credit that somehow. There's no turnover, so the first down has to be earned, and must therefore go in one of the three categories, rushing, passing or penalty.

    If it was a lateral, you'd give rushing yardage and no attempt; it's no different if the ball hits the ground first.
  12. Rhody31

    Rhody31 Well-Known Member

    But if player a fumbled it and it got kicked around 25 yards backward, he shouldnt get hit with that yardage if a teammate falls on it.
Draft saved Draft deleted

Share This Page