Why did I start OnePointSafety.com?  Simple, because the world needed another college football blog.

In case you haven’t noticed, there are a lot of College Football Blogs out there (a lot of which do a fantastic job).  However, I always feel compelled to write (not sure if that is good or bad) so . . . I created this blog.

There are a lot of people out there, all sharing their opinions on the game of college football.  I, of course, have my own opinions and figured it was time I started putting them out there.  I will try not to take myself too seriously, as I am sure most people who find my site won’t.

IF someone is actually reading this….thanks!  Please check back from time to time, as posting here will be irregular.

As for me, a college football fan, I am just that…..a “college football fan.”  I am not a “sports fan” as that would imply that I feel the same way about all sports.  However, as you can tell, I don’t really care about other sports and I definitely don’t have the passion for other sports that I have for college football.  I do have a specific team that I pull for (where I went to college) but my love for the game transcends that boundary.

I hope you enjoy the site.  If not, I will be putting up links to some other really good blogs and you can check those out instead.  However, I hope you will take this blog for what it is . . . my thoughts and feelings on the game.  (Unless the post/column was written by someone else, and then it is their thoughts on the game.)

Oh, and due to the fact that I don’t have as much time to write and post as I would like, I will be hosting a crowd of guest writers on here.  Hopefully having guest writers will allow for more content.


PS – I have been asked, “why did you name the blog ‘One Point Safety?'”

Well, have you ever seen a One Point Safety?  I am guessing that most will say “no.”  Also, go read the NCAA Rule Book on how to score a One Point Safety.  It is not that complex, but it is not something a passive college football fan will understand on the first reading.  (The fact that you have to go read the rule book should tell you something).

Anyway, have you ever had a conversation with someone about college football, where no matter what you said they just couldn’t seem to understand what you were talking about?  Well, I have.  During one of these moments, I got so frustrated that I finally blurted out “hey, it is not like I am trying to explain how to score a One Point Safety or something!”

It was at that moment the name for this blog was born; created from pure college football frustration … the way it should be.


Despite the rule allowing for a one point safety to be scored, it is not something that happens very often.  In fact, here is a list of the “known” (college) one point safeties:

  1. Westminster vs. West Liberty State (NCAA Division II), September 7, 1996.
  2. Moorpark College vs. Bakersfield (Junior College), September 21, 1996.
  3. Hamline (MN) vs. St. Thomas (MN) (NCAA Division III), November 11, 2000.
  4. Texas vs. Texas A&M, November 26, 2004. (Game Recap)
  5. Fiesta Bowl – Oregon vs. Kansas State, January 3, 2013


The one point safety that I witnessed live was the 2004 safety — fourth on the above list.

You can see the 2004 one point safety in the video below.  Continue watching for a few minutes after the safety and listen to the commentators’ remarks (note the ensuing confusion).

Note: If the video has been disabled (or doesn’t work) I believe you can still view it on YouTube.com.  Here is a link directly to the video on YouTube.comhttp://youtu.be/uK4otBRW-3k

Here is the one-point safety from the January 3, 2013 Fiesta Bowl between Oregon and Kansas State.

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  1. Thanks for the comment. I appreciate you letting me know that the video was disabled. I wasn’t aware of that. I will post a link to it on YouTube.com, b/c you can apparently still see it there.

    Thanks again for the visit and comment!

  2. Well hi..!
    I’m not a college football fan; in fact I’m not a fan of football. I’m not even an American. I’m an Aussie, and I was inspired to check you out after your visit to my blog. Count me in; don’t know why exactly. I like your blog, and your style… So here’s to the next 50 followers..! :)

    • Thank you for the very kind words. I appreciate it greatly.

      Just as an FYI, I played Rugby in college. Maybe I should sneak a few rugby posts in every now and again for my one Aussie reader! haha

      Have a great day!

  3. Great writing here, Travis! What a wonderful site! I too love college football! Nothing in sports compares to its pomp and circumstance and no other sport seems to capture my interest quite like it.
    Thanks so much for the “follow!” I will definitely be back!

    • Very cool. Yes, I saw it live too.

      When it happened, I sat up straight in my chair and shouted in disbelief….”that is a one-point safety!!”

      Thanks for the post. Glad you got to see one of these very rare birds. You are now a member of the OPS club. haha

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  6. Great blog title, and of course, great subject matter. I found you as a result of last night’s Fiesta Bowl “One point safety” play. After watching the video of the 2004 XP play, I believe that the play you saw should not have been ruled a one point safety. The officials missed this crucial detail on the play — when the ball is snapped, the holder muffs the snap and the ball rolls loose. The kicker then kicks the loose ball toward the line of scrimmage. Under NCAA rule 9-4-4, this is an illegal kick by Texas, and should have resulted in a 10 yard plus loss of down penalty. The “loss of down” factor should have prevented Texas from trying the XP again. I believe they should not have had the one point awarded.

    All that being said, I love your blog subject and title — please keep up the good work.

    • Thanks for the post and kind words.

      Yes, I remember when the 2004 one-point safety happened, everyone was discussing the “illegal kick.” However, I had forgotten about that aspect of the play until now. Thanks for reminding me.

    • Well, I hope so.

      Its funny but when I saw the one-point safety during the Fiesta Bowl I didn’t think it would affect my blog at all. However, my hits have gone through the roof and I even got a mention on HuffingtonPost.com. Crazy stuff!!

  7. Since the defensive team had possession and the ball was fumbled in a lateral, what would have happened if the kicking team had recovered? 2 points or none?

    • Let me make sure I understand you correctly: Are you asking what would have happened if Oregon had recovered the lateral/fumble from K-State in the endzone? I am assuming that would count as a 2-point conversion for Oregon.

  8. I was at the West Liberty State game. It was my freshman year at West Liberty. No one knew the rule. It was actually discussed on ESPN. Although West Liberty is NCAA Div II, not NAIA.

    • Wow, so you saw the one in 1996? Did you see the one in 2004 and in 2013? If so, you might be the only person alive to have seen all 3.

      I will make the change to the West Liberty (Div II, not NAIA). Typo…sorry about that.

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  10. Yes, that is exactly what I am wondering. Would it be 2 points for Oregon or once it was blocked are all bets off for the offensive team?

  11. But it would require that KState get possession before the fumble. A blocked kick cannot be recovered by the kicking team in the endzone for a two point conversion. Correct?

  12. Thanks for the links. But the only thing that I found was the following. Does not address if team A recovers said fumble.
    Approved ruling 8-3-2-IX
    On a one-point try attempt, Team A’s kick is blocked and B75 recovers at
    the two-yard line. As B75 attempts to advance, he fumbles and the ball
    rolls into the end zone, where B61 recovers and is downed. RULING:
    Safety. Award Team A one point (Rule 8-1-1).

    • Well great! haha….Now I have been reading the rule book and I have more questions than answers. Where is a ref when you need one!?

      However, I did find this:

      Rule 4, Section 1, Article 3 (j): Ball Declared Dead:

      When, before a change of team possession on fourth down or a try, a Team A fumble is caught or recovered by a Team A player other than the fumbler (Rules 7-2-2-a and -b and 8-3-2-d-5).

      I am not sure if that rule actually helps. However, it appears that if (during a try) Team A fumbles the ball and then recovers it, it is a dead ball. This would lead me to answer your question with a “yes” (in that K-State would have to first gain possession of the ball before Oregon recovered it in the endzone). However, this rule applies to fumbles…and not blocked kicks (as was the case in the Fiesta Bowl). So I am still not 100% sure about the answer.

      My guess is that the particular scenario we are discussing is either not in the rule book (b/c it has never come up), or it is something that you could only know by having read the whole rule book and understand how all rules work together. In other words, if you knew all the rules, you could probably make sense of that situation without having to look it up (as its not there anyway).

      However, I do know someone I can ask about this…so when I hear back from him, I will let you know.

      • By any chance, did this 1-point safety rule come into existence at the same time that the NCAA instituted the 2-point score for the return-of-a-blocked-conversion-kick-by-the-defense-to-the-opposite-end-zone? That went into effect in the mid-’90s, I believe, and it appears that the first occurrence of a 1-point safety was about the same time. I am wondering if the two came hand-in-hand? In other words, when the 2-point return was being proposed, perhaps there was a counter-argument that, if a blocked conversion kick gives the defense a chance to score, then there should be a similar “reward” for the kicking team if they stop the defense in that situation.

        In any case, it appears to me that whenever a kicked conversion attempt is blocked by any player on the field, the ball remains live for either team to take possession and engage in a scoring chance (the defense on a 2-point return, the offense on a 2-point conversion or a 1-point-safety by way of the defense’s miscue). Would you agree? Are there any “intervening player-touch” rules that would further obfuscate?

        By the way, I witnessed what I believe was the among the first Div. I two-point blocked kick returns (if not the first), which was scored by Penn State against BYU in a Holiday Bowl in the late 90s (… If memory serves; don’t quote me). Then this past October, I was at a game at Humboldt State when the Lumberjacks scored a two-pointer against Dixie State (Utah). I was the only one yelling during the return that the runner was going to score 2 points! Everyone around me either had never heard of that rule, or else had the reaction, “oh, yeah, there’s that rule.”

        • All great questions. I am not sure when the 1-point safety rule began, however, I did have someone tell me that the rule is fairly old. I have planned on looking it up but haven’t done it yet (maybe now is the time?). The person that told me about the original rule cited a Spalding Football Guide / Rules Book from 1883.

          In a discussion with another poster, I mentioned that I have emailed an NCAA official and am hoping he will tell me more about the rule and what the outcome of this particular situation would be. If I get an answer, I will be sure to post it here as soon as I can.

          That is very cool about seeing the first two-point score on a blocked-kick return. I am guessing you are a Penn State fan? Living in Utah perhaps? Good times, and always good to hear from fans of all different schools.

  13. I’m a CU Buffs fan. I know. They were in the bottom this year. I actually wrote a letter to editor that got published – “Buffs You Got This! You Can Do This!” I saw a little improvement of attitude, but coaching goes a long way in the attitude of the players.
    Thanks for stopping by!

    • Hey there! Thanks for the comment.

      This is why I love college football. We don’t root for the best team, we root for “our” team. Being from Boulder Colorado, it makes perfect sense that you would be a Buffs fan.

      Yes, they have fallen on some tough times, but these things go in cycles. Hopefully the Buffs will be able to rise again….soon. Until then, its good to see the loyal Buff Backers sticking with them through the bad times.

      Congrats on your letter to the editor. That is great! You never know who that will inspire…the team? another fan? Who knows!?

      I enjoyed your blog and am a little jealous that you get to live in Boulder (while I am in Houston). haha Thanks for visiting my blog and thanks for the comment. I appreciate it.


  14. Hi Travis,
    My name is Derick Madden I’m contacting you because I’m in the process of doing some grassroots research for an upcoming publication. My goal is to build a highly credible and useful visual aid for tailgaters this 2013-fall season and I’d love to get your feedback on a few things since you’re an influencer in the sports space.
    If you have a quick second, I was hoping you could shoot me back some answers to the questions below:
    1) What is your favorite beer to tailgate with?
    2) What is your favorite dish to either bring to, or eat at, a tailgate?
    3) What is your favorite tailgating ritual (if you have one)?
    Our target date for completion is mid-September, so if you could get back to me in the next day or two that would be fantastic! If you have any questions or thoughts on this, please let me know—I’d love as much feedback as possible before I begin development. Thank you in advance!
    Derick Madden

  15. Travis –
    Not much of a college football fan (MIT alum – I think we play Division 5,) but enjoyed reading your blog about the one point safety.
    Am I correct in that it is still theoretically possible to have a one point safety in the NFL?

    • Hey, thanks for the comment. I have a few friends who went to MIT.

      As for a one point safety in the NFL; yes, I believe this is still possible/allowed. I don’t follow the NFL the same way I do college football….but the last time I checked, it was still possible.

      Any particular reason you ask, or just curious?

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