I was watching a Div. I NCAA football game today. A PAT was blocked and one of the defenders picked the ball up. The announcer said that it was a live ball.

What are the possible outcomes in this situation? I believe in the NFL that once a PAT is blocked, the ball is dead.

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    Possible duplicate of One-point safety by defending team
    – Philip Kendall
    Commented Oct 11, 2015 at 6:55
  • The accepted answer on that question does not answer my question. I would like to know all possible outcomes in the event of a blocked extra point attempt. Commented Oct 11, 2015 at 11:18
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    "I believe in the NFL that once a PAT is blocked, the ball is dead." No longer true based on changes to extra-point rules this season (nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000493347/article/…).
    – user527
    Commented Oct 12, 2015 at 15:43
  • I'll be darned like socks. You learn something every day. It would seem I can assume this to be true for NCAA too. I'd still like to know if that is every outcome for a blocked extra point. Commented Oct 12, 2015 at 15:52
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    Also: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    – BowlOfRed
    Commented Oct 17, 2015 at 0:44

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If the ball is in the field of play, it is now a live ball. The defending team can pick it up and run it all the way back for a 2 point conversion. Same thing counts for fumbles and interceptions.

First time it happened when the college rule changed was Kansas State beat Indiana State on a 2 point interception return. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1290&dat=19910908&id=STBUAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Do0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=3020,3347106&hl=en


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