Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/19/14

Kent State dominated Towson in the first half of their season-opening game on Thursday, but that doesn’t mean they displayed an overall mastery of the game of football. Take for instance what occurred in the play seen above. Kent State was punting to Towson, and the ball touched the returner, making it live. Kent State’s Andre Parker recovered the ball at the six-yard line, and instead of taking a few steps into the end zone for a touchdown, he inexplicably began running the WRONG WAY!

As dumb of a move as Parker’s was, a few Towson players weren’t much wiser. Two players combined to chase down Parker and tackle him inside the 30. They were immediately chewed out by their coaches for the stupid move that cost them a potential safety had Parker run the ball all the way back to his end zone.

We really have no idea how or why Parker screwed up so badly, except the only explanation might be that he didn’t think it was possible to get such an easy touchdown, and that’s why he began running the wrong way. As for the Towson players who tackled him? They were just reacting to what they saw rather than thinking. It’s the same logic that allows plays like the statue of liberty to work.

Either way, that was easily the dumbest college football play we’ve since this one last year.

H/T Hustle Belt

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49 Comments:
  • He didn't return a "fumble" like your headline proclaims. lol
    The receiving team muffed the kick so it's still a kick...which the kicking team CANNOT advance. Therefor, the ball is dead where he gained possession.

    Learn the rules before you write another story.
  • It's good to see someone out there knows the rules.
  • ...

  • I am sorry that you do not fully understand like you claim, but the ball hit the returner after it bounced off of the ground. If you are punting and the ball touches the ground that does not make it dead. What makes the ball a dead ball is when the punting team touches the ball before the reciving team, and as you can see when they do their replay the ball hit the returner after bouncing off of the ground therefore was a live ball when it was picked up.

    So you sir should learn the basics of football before you try to correct someone.
  • Thank you. Once I read the post by Arrakis I just shook my head. I cannot stand people that are so quick to write comments that they actually know nothing about. Then you have the moron below (Larry8241) turning it political. I really need to quit reading comments on stories, it makes me feel more and more hopeless about humanity.
  • Actually, Arrakis is right. The wording in the NCAA rule book is very technical, and this is a play that is not often seen.

    A scrimmage kick (punt, field goal) that touches a receiving team player beyond the neutral zone is considered "muffed", not fumbled. A kick touched or muffed by the receiving team can be recovered by the kicking team, but the ball is immediately dead, and the kicking team can not advance the ball.

    I wouldn't really call this the basics of football. It's a very specific issue in the rules that most average fans don't know about. It's in Rule 6, Article 6a of the NCAA rule book.

    I'll quote from that section: "Catch or Recovery by Kicking Team
    ARTICLE 6. a. If a player of the kicking team catches or recovers a scrimmage kick that has crossed the neutral zone, the ball becomes dead (A.R. 6-3-1-IV). The ball belongs to the receiving team at the dead-ball spot, unless the kicking team is in legal possession when the ball is declared dead. In the latter case, the ball belongs to the kicking team."

    An important point to understand in the above rule is the kicked ball is still considered a "kick" until it is caught or recovered, i.e. not when it is touched or muffed.
  • Wow... Even spellcheck can't help some of you jocks. It's i before e except after c... or I guess you could just leave out the e all together?
    by JimSam 0 minutes ago Reply Options
  • Thanks for the Grammar lesson Professor.
  • if the ball was in the other teams possestion.. (u know what i mean)

    and he ball gets to the other team.. (thro a fumble always (or interception) in this case, ah kick..

    its still considered ah fumble.

    so quite with the (D***eatin..)

    you should be focusing on the moral of the story and not the editor.
  • and if anything the Muffle u proclaim would be an interception.
  • i apologize, but stop comin at the editor.
  • Even though the ball was ruled dead it was still entertaining to watch players from both teams screw this up.
  • I know it had to be embarassing to run the wrong way, and just as embarassing for the other team to tackle him! It was a nice return, though.
    Good thing there was only one play left before halftime when it occured.
  • Better hope his grades are good, 'cause he ain't gettin' a job in the NFL
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  • Oh yes White is right, Brown stick around and Black stay back...isn't that what you mean but don't want to be racist, you racist scum.
  • Hey Michelob, in what world do you live in where a mention of the color of somebodies clothing makes them a racist scum? I am new here, but am hoping to find less stupid people commenting in the future.
  • just like money, stupid does not care what color you are whether you are football players, reporters or people like Micholob
  • except for a dumba$$ like you, who doesn't know how to spell Mitt. This is typical from the hateful right that has to involve politics in sports.
  • Right, got it, white people are smarter, right?
  • Well considering the fact that you can't even spell MITT Romney I'd say you're probably a stupid Romney supporter.
  • Nice political commentary; Obama supporters are stupid and Romney supporters are smart....wonderful work Yardbarker!
  • Your reading comprehension in school must have been really bad. It wasn't the "white team" that tackled him. It was his own teammates. The other team could care less if he ran the wrong way.
  • That was an entertaining play. Here is the rub about your statement Larry, Mitt Romney wants to pick up the ball and run the wrong way.
  • I can't figure out why they were trying to tackle him. Let him go. No one on the field knew what was going on. Get in the game!
  • I really didn't know that Mr. bean played football.
  • I think Larry8241 is an idiot!!!
  • Bet he will not do that again. Nice run even though.
  • Well, I've always said that you have to be a ******* to believe that anyone brighter than a ******* wants to watch a game which any ******* can play. Evidently, Kent State has some jackasses who aren't even THAT smart.

    What's most interesting, and scary, is that the tens of thousands of people paid their money to watch will also vote in the next elections. You can tell a lot about the state of a nation by watching its sports: think what our version of football means in that regard.
  • Well let's cut the kid a little slack huh? Pros make similar mistakes and it's the kind of thing that could haunt this young man for years.
  • Ahhhh... Higher education is a wonderful thing!!!
  • Arrakis is right. There is no fumble on the play.

    The punt was muffed because the receiver did not possess the ball. The kicking team cannot advance a muffed kick, by rule. The play is dead (over) at the point of the recovery, in this case the receiving team's (white jerseys) 7 yardline. The ball belong to the kicking team (navy jerseys) 1st down at the receiving team 7 yard line.

    The officials failed stop the play at the point of recovery. There can be NO safety, touchdown, fumble, etc. on this play after the receiving team recovers the muffed punt. The officials are the ones who made a "dumb" call by not blowing the play dead at the point of recovery.

    It appears that author and most of the posts lack an understanding of college football rules regarding muffed punts vs fumbles.

    PS I am a football official
  • WHATS JUST AS STUPID WAS THE OTHER TEAM TACKLED HIM.
  • Cut the kid some slack. Hey he has speed that's for sure and he won't make that mistake again. Feel bad for the kid I am sure he is embarrassed by it.
  • Wow... Even spellcheck can't help some of you jocks. It's i before e except after c... or I guess you could just leave out the e all together?
  • This could be a missed opportunity for the Browns. The *Bears* Vikings and the Chiefs are already scrambling to get this guy under contract.
  • The Author excuses the receiving teams mistake "As for the Towson players who tackled him? They were just reacting to what they saw rather than thinking."

    Andre Parker couldn't possible be just reacting to his instincts, no that wouldn't be a story if you can't humiliate somebody now would it?
  • he will be a Dallas Cowboy one day!
  • two wrongs don't make a right .. if it was a live ball the kicking should of let him run the ball as far as he could. right ? ... hmmm , or am I turned around.
  • Dead ball or not, the equally dumb*ss people on this play are the Towson players who tackled him! He's headed for THEIR goal, let him run!!!
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