I recall reading a story in the 1980s — but I don't recall when it was supposed to have happened — about an American-football game. (I think it was a college game.) A team thought it most advantageous to kick a field goal, but was too close to get a good angle. So the manager sent replacement players in, the players on the field refused to leave, and so it went until the referee called a delay-of-game penalty of some few yards, enough to get the kicker a better angle. (Of course, I may have gotten some of the details wrong.)
- (My main question.) Does anyone know when this happened, with what teams, etc.? A Web search isn't helping me.
- (Just out of additional curiosity.) I don't know that much about football, but why can't the kicker just pull back a few yards without having been penalized? I'd think a team is allowed to create its own "disadvantage" (quotation marks because it wasn't actually a disadvantage in this case.)