What Is A 1 Point Safety?

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A 1 point safety is extremely rare, but it can happen

What is a 1 point safety? A 1 point safety is when a team trying a 2 point conversion or PAT turns the ball over, the defense take the ball out of the end zone, then gets tackled in the end zone for a safety.

One-Point Safety

Yes, there is a such thing as a 1 Point Safety. But before we get into that, lets cover the basics.

What is a Safety?

A safety can be scored in two different ways:

  1. A ball carrier is tackled or forced out of bounds in his own endzone
  2. A foul is committed by the offense in their own endzone

After this happens, the ball is kicked off to the team that scored the safety from the 20-yard line

When a Safety is recorded, it is worth 2 points… usually. In over 99% of safeties that have ever been recorded, they have been for 2 points. Inherently in that statistic, there have been times when a ‘safety’ was recorded but it was not worth two points (it was only worth one point).

When can a 1 Point Safety happen?

The only time a 1 point safety can occur is when the offense on an extra point or two-point conversion attempt gets tackled in their own end zone. This is commonly known as a conversion safety or one-point safety. While it is very unlikely that this scenario ever plays out, it has actually happened twice in NCAA Division I football. Conversely, since 1940 it has never happened in the NFL. Let’s look at the two times it has happened in NCAA DI:

1. November 26, 2004: A regular season game in which Texas scored against Texas A&M

2. January 3, 2013: the 2013 Fiesta Bowl in which Oregon scored against Kansas State.

In both games, the point-after-touchdown kick was blocked, recovered by the defense, which then fumbled or threw the ball back into its own end zone where it was downed. The player, who started on defense, became a player on offense when he possessed the ball and went down in the opposite end zone that he would be aiming to score in.

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  1. During a PAT or two-point conversion try, if the ball is intercepted, recovered after a fumble/blocked kick then returned for a defensive score, are the points awarded in accordance to the attempt (1 or 2 pt. try) or is there a designated pt. awardance regardless of the try attempt?

  2. Can the one point safety be awarded the other way?

    How this could happen?

    Team 1 attempts a 2 point conversion and throws the ball
    Player in Team 2 intercepts the pass on the goal line and proceeds to run towards the other end zone.
    Team 2 player runs 95 yards and fumbles the ball on 5 yard line of Team 1.
    Team 1 player recovers the fumble and runs back into his own end zone while trying to avoid the players of Team 2.
    Team 2 player tackles the team 1 player in the end zone.
    result: 1 point safety for team 2?

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