Light Up The Scoreboard!

Today is a big day in my life.  Okay, maybe not my life, but in the current college football season.  Today, the Florida State Seminoles take on the University of Miami Hurricanes.  The meeting of these two teams are characterized by field goals and extra points going wide left/ right.  Drama.  This is a long standing rivalry and honestly I hope the ‘Noles destroy the ‘Canes.  In fact, I hope they stun them into silence.  I want the Seminoles to light up the scoreboard!  Oh my gosh, I am out of control.  I am sorry.  So let’s just talk about the ways a football team can score.

    TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 07:  The Miami Hurricanes defense lines up against the offense of the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 7, 2009 in Tallahassee, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

  • Touchdown:  This is of course the biggest and the best.  Worth 6 points, a touchdown is when the ball is taken into the opposing teams end zone.  The ball can either be passed or run into the end zone.
  • Extra Point/ Convert:  After a touchdown is scored a team earns the chance for bonus points.  The most common method is the extra point.  The ball is snapped from the second yard line, held by the place holder and the kicker then attempts to kick the ball through the uprights (goal posts).  If successful, this is worth 1 point.
  • Two Point Conversion:  This is the second method for scoring bonus points after a touchdown.  Here the teams line up on the second yard line and the scoring team is given the opportunity to score by passing the ball or running it into the end zone again.  As the name suggests this is worth 2 points.
  • Field Goal:  This occurs typically on fourth down when the team is in the opposition’s territory within the kicker’s range.  The process works like the extra point with the goal being the ball going through the uprights.  This is worth 3 points.
  • Safety:  This is the only way a team not in position of a football, can score a point.  Most commonly, a player scores if they tackle the opposition player, who has possession of the ball inside their own end zone.  The tackling team scores 2 points for the safety.


  1. happymother says:

    Thanks alexis, I think I got it !!!


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