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Old Mon Sep 12, 2005, 05:39pm
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can anyone clarify this ruling?........

Where is the ball spotted when a runner steps out of bounds?

Saturday, a runner for ASU stepped out at the four yard line and dove for the pilon.

The ball was spotted at the 1 yard line.

A friend of mine said the ball is spotted where the ball is when the runner goes out of bounds. I say it should be spotted at the 4 where his foot touched the out of bounds line.

To me, this means that a runner could score a touchdown even if his foot touches the out of bounds line if the ball is over the goal line when he steps out. I don't think I have ever seen this called this way before.

If this is the rule, is it the rule in the NFL as well as college?
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Old Mon Sep 12, 2005, 06:07pm
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It's the rule in all football. The ball is spotted where the ball was at the time the player went out of bounds.
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Old Mon Sep 12, 2005, 07:25pm
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It's a little bit different when they dive, if they dive and end up out of bounds the ball is spotted where the ball crossed the OOB plane.
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Old Mon Sep 12, 2005, 08:53pm
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There was a play last season where the receiver tip-toed along the sideline and held the ball forward over the pylon before he finally stepped out around the 1. Ruling - TD. I think it may have been against the Jets.
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