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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — This year’s Fiesta Bowl game between Oregon and Kansas State provided a very unusual play that has generated a lot of discussion among those who follow college football.
On an extra-point attempt the kick was partially blocked and a member of the defense picked up the ball at about the two-yard line.
In starting his return, he circled back into the end zone where he was tackled. As ACC Referee Ron Cherry correctly explained, this resulted in a one-point safety. This caused a lot of head scratching: how can a safety count only one point?
The question involves the point value for scores. As everyone knows, there are three ways to score in a football game: touchdown, field goal and safety.
Except on the extra-point attempt, of course, a touchdown counts six points, a field goal three, and a safety two.
However, on the extra-point attempt the point value is different: a touchdown is worth two points, a field goal counts one point, and a safety also counts one point.
Kicking the extra point and “going for two” are so common that we really don’t think about them as a field goal and a touchdown.
But in fact that is what they are.
We don’t think it odd to have a “2-point touchdown” or a “1-point field goal” but that is what we have when a team successfully goes for two or kicks the extra point, respectively.
It is the point value that is different on the try.
The safety is on the try is extremely rare, and so it gets lots of attention when it happens.
But again, the play itself is a safety whether it happens in the regular part of the game or on the try—it is the point value (one point instead of two) that is different on the try.
The FBS conference commissioners announced that the first semifinals in the new FBS playoff system will be played in the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2015… The ACC announced its 2013 Conference Football Schedule, incorporating Pittsburgh and Syracuse into a new 14-team league lineup…. The Pac-12 Conference announced its 2013 football schedule… The Mid-American Conference announced its home and road opponents for the 2013 football regular season.
Media and Rating Highlights
The Discover BCS National Championship on ESPN attracted the second largest audience of any program in cable television history, an average of 17,216,000 households, 26,380,000 viewers and a US household rating of 15.1… ESPN reported Sugar, Rose & Orange bowls averaged 12,535,000 viewers, an increase of 9% from last year… Orange Bowl drew a 6.1 rating, the Sugar Bowl a 6.2, the Fiesta Bowl a 7.4 and the Rose Bowl a 9.4.
ESPN posted two of its top four most-viewed non-BCS bowl games ever with the Chick-fil-A and Outback Bowls over consecutive days. The New Year’s Eve telecast of the Chick-fil-A Bowl averaged 8,557,000 viewers and the Outback Bowl held an average of 7,583,000 viewers,
The 2012 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl drew the largest audience in the game’s history with an average of 2,584,000 households. Rice defeated, 33-14, Air Force Dec. 29 with 40,754 fans in the stadium. … ESPN’s Valero Alamo Bowl telecast between Texas & Oregon State averaged 6,757,000 viewers… The Cotton Bowl on Fox drew a 7.5 overnight rating, up 60% from last years match-up…
Notre Dame football on NBC in 2012 averaged a 2.8 rating—up 67 percent from last year (1.7) and up 33 percent from 2010 (2.1). The 2.8 is the highest Irish rating on NBC since 2006 (3.0). The Irish also appeared in primetime four times on ABC and averaged a 5.3 rating in those contests…
The Atlantic Coast Conference has launched ‘ACC Live’, a new studio show streamed live Monday through Friday at noon Eastern…The ACC has hired Wasserman Media Group to explore the financial benefits of launching its own conference network.
IMG College (which holds the multimedia rights at Marshall) will market the multimedia rights for Ole Miss, increasing the number of SEC schools represented by the organization to 10 of 14… Charter Communications will distribute the Longhorn Network… ESPN3 carried live the Jan. 12 Walter Camp National Awards Dinner.
XOS Digital officially launched the ThunderCloud platform, a new cloud-based platform that provides advanced sports technology services. .. ESPN enhanced the audio for the BCS National Championship Game with 5.1 surround sound to bring the game closer to the viewer…
Northwestern has received gifts totaling more than $55 million for its athletics and recreation facilities. The Wildcats’ multi-use athletics and recreational complex will be named in honor of lead donors Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan, and the field inside will be named in honor of a gift from Stephen R. and Susan K. Wilson.
Missouri landed a $6.4 million donation for its Tiger Scholarship Fund and to improve its facilities… Kentucky’s plans for a $110 million renovation of Commonwealth Stadium and Nutter Training Facility received strong support from several elected officials.
Awards and Honors
Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel became first freshman and the first unanimous selection to win Manning Award, presented by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
The 2012 AFCA Coach of the Year recipients included Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly, North Dakota State’s Craig Bohl, Valdosta State’s (Ga.) David Dean, St. Thomas’ (Minn) Glenn Caruso and Morningside’s (Iowa) Steve Ryan...
Kansas State coach Bill Snyder claimed the 2012 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award for the fifth time in his career… The Walter Camp Foundation announced that Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has been named as its 2012 Coach of the Year.
Football players Esley Thorton (North Dakota State), Justin Roberts (Valdosta State, Ga.), and Keegan Bragg (St. Thomas, Minn.) were been named fall recipients of the 2012 NCAA Elite 89 Awards…
2012 NFF Campbell Trophy semifinalist John Shaughnessy (Northwestern State) has been named the Southland Conference Football Student-Athlete of the Year… The seven finalists for the 2013 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Award have been announced. Click here to vote and learn about their inspiring stories.
The 2012 Orange Bowl Hall of Fame Class was honored during the pregame ceremonies Jan. 1, including inductees Bob Brudzinski (Ohio State), Warrick Dunn (Florida State) and Torrance Marshall (Oklahoma)… Texas A&M DB Steven Allen and Oklahoma OL Gabe Ikard were given Dan Petty Scholar Athlete Awards at the Cotton Bowl kickoff luncheon.
Tulsa RB Trey Watts, son of former Oklahoma QB and U.S. Congressman JC Watts, was named the MVP of the Liberty Bowl.
Retail sales for the BCS National Championship were expected to reach $30 to $40 million according to CLC… Wisconsin set a new school record in 2011-12, with gross royalties reaching nearly $3.8 million for merchandise sales… Michigan made $6 million in licensing revenue last year.
The Rose Bowl and the BCS unveiled the 2014 VIZIO BCS National Championship logo. The game will be hosted by the Tournament of Roses on Jan. 6, 2014 at the historic Rose Bowl Stadium… Towson extended their relationship with Under Armour.
Former ACC Senior Associate Commissioner Michael Kelly begins his new job Jan. 15, working as the COO of the BCS and the yet-to-be named organization that will oversee the new FBS playoff system that will start with the 2014 season… Syracuse defensive coordinator Scott Shafer has been named head coach of the Orange… Brian Polian, Texas A&M assistant coach, has been announced as the next Nevada head coach... David Archer has been named the head coach at Cornell, becoming the youngest Division I head football coach in the country at 30 years and two months old.
The BCS National Championship Game was the biggest selling event in StubHub history, beating the 2011 Super Bowl by 20%... Texas head coach Mack Brown has been named the 2013 AFCA president… BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall and Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) head coach Todd Knight have been elected to the AFCA Board of Trustees... Ohio State announced it will celebrate the 100th birthday of the late legendary Hall of Fame football coach Woody Hayes on February 15, 2013.
Texas Tech’s “Raider Red” won the 11th annual Capital One Mascot Challenge, defeating “Cocky” of South Carolina… Dallas Morning News Columnist Cheryl Hall's Jan. 7 column reflected on her favorite interviews during the past 20 years, including Hall of Fame coach Jimmy Johnson and former Northern Michigan football player and current Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.
Notable Bowl Milestones
Eighteen of the 35 Football Bowl Association member bowls, more than half, had increased attendance during this year's bowl season… Northwestern won their first bowl game since 1949 and won 10 games for the only the third time in school history.
Tulsa’s Liberty Bowl win over Iowa State marked their first win in a bowl over a major conference since 1964… Stanford won their first Rose Bowl in 40 years… Nearly 800 members of the Louisiana National Guard and veterans from all branches of the military enjoyed the Allstate Sugar Bowl Jan. 2 thanks to the LSU Tiger Athletic Foundation, who donated the tickets.
875 credentials were issued to accredited media at the Discover BCS National Championship Game… The Cotton Bowl had its second-largest crowd ever as 87,025 watched Texas A&M beat Oklahoma at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington… Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) rushed for 225 yards, setting an FBS bowl record for rushing yards by a QB, while also compiling 516 total yards.
Vanderbilt (where former Herd DB George Barlow is an assistant) winning the Music City Bowl capped their best season since 1915. Their 9-4 record was their best since going 9-1 in 1915, and only the third time they have won as many as nine games in a season. Their seven-straight wins to end the season marks their longest winning streak since 1948.
Mirko Jurkovic, a consensus All-America OG at Notre Dame in 1991, passed away Jan. 9. He was 42… Former Florida International WR Chandler Williams passed away Jan. 5. He was 27 … Pete Elliott, a 1994 College Football Hall of Fame inductee from Michigan, passed away Jan. 4. He was 86. Elliott, who played quarterback for the Wolverines from 1945-1948, led the Wolverines to 32-5-1 record during his four years on the team.
News On College Football HOF
With Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, NFF Chairman Archie Manning, and NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell in attendance, The National Football Foundation and Atlanta Hall Management announced Dec. 31 that the new College Football Hall of Fame would be an active construction site by Jan. 28, 2013, with plans for completion in fall 2014.
The $66.5 million and 94,256 square foot project will create a new destination for college football fans nationwide.
Situated in the heart of Atlanta’s tourism and convention district, the attraction will be adjacent to the Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia Dome and Omni Hotel at CNN Center, and just steps from Centennial Olympic Park, the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium and the future National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Click here to learn more.
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