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.
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:
- A ball carrier is tackled or forced out of bounds in his own endzone
- 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:
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.
More Fun Facts
- There are also two known NCAA Division III occurrences, the first being on November 11, 2000 against St. Thomas-Minnesota and Hamline University, and the most recent against Bluffton University and Franklin College (Indiana) which took place on November 9, 2013
- Brad Nessler was doing the live television broadcast of both games
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