Punt Return Gone Awry: Internet Giggles At Player Running In Wrong Direction
TOWSON, Md. (CBSDC) - Heads turned in the stands during a Division 1-AA football game in Maryland when one player picked up a fumble and ran more than half the field in the wrong direction.
The awkward moment came during a game between the Kent State Golden Flashes and Towson Tigers. Visiting Kent State was punting when one of the Tigers mishandled the catch, freeing the ball to the turf. Kent State linebacker Andre Parker picked up the muffed punt and proceeded to run 58 yards in the wrong direction.
Strangely enough, both teams capitalized from this “opposite day” moment.
Towson benefited when Parker carried the ball 58-yards away from his own 7-yard line.
But Towson players also rescued Parker when Kent State players forced him out of bounds around their 25-yardline. Had they allowed Parker to run all the way into Towson’s end zone to finish the play, the ruling on the field would have been a safety … that’s two points for the Tigers.
However it was all for naught. A recent rule change in college football prevents the punting team from making a return on a muffed punt. It can only be recovered. The ball was returned to the 7-yard-line so everyone in Johnny Unitas Stadium was forced to pretend they didn’t just witness the weirdest play of their lives.