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Texas Longhorn quarterback Vince Young (center top of picture), now with the Tennessee Titans, rushing for a touchdown vs. Colorado in the 2005 Big 12 Conference college football championship game. A portion of the end zone is seen as the dark strip at the bottom. The vertical yellow bar is part of the goal post.
Texas Longhorn quarterback Vince Young (center top of picture), now with the Tennessee Titans, rushing for a touchdown vs. Colorado in the 2005 Big 12 Conference college football championship game. A portion of the end zone is seen as the dark strip at the bottom. The vertical yellow bar is part of the goal post.

A touchdown is the primary method of scoring in American and Canadian football. To score a touchdown, one team must take the football into the opposite end zone. This can be done by rushing, in which the ball carrier carries the football forward into the end zone. It can also be done by passing, where an eligible receiver catches a forward pass in the end zone. The receiver can also catch the ball prior to reaching the end zone and carry it across the plane of the end zone. This would still be considered a "passing" touchdown as opposed to a "rushing" touchdown. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (3456x2304, 3581 KB) Summary Vince Young of the 2005 Texas Longhorn football team scores a touchdown in the 2005 Big 12 Conference college football Championship Game. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (3456x2304, 3581 KB) Summary Vince Young of the 2005 Texas Longhorn football team scores a touchdown in the 2005 Big 12 Conference college football Championship Game. ... Hook em Horns, the UT hand symbol and slogan The UT Tower lit in a special configuration in honor of the 2005 National Championship football team Texas Longhorn Athletics programs include the extramural and intramural sports teams of University of Texas at Austin. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... Vincent Paul Young, Jr. ... City Nashville, Tennessee Team colors Navy, Titan Blue, White, and Red Head Coach Jeff Fisher Owner Bud Adams General manager Mike Reinfeldt Mascot T-Rac League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Eastern Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC Central (1970... The University of Colorado at Boulder (CU-Boulder, UCB officially[3]; Colorado and CU colloquially) is the flagship university of the University of Colorado System in Boulder, Colorado. ... The Big 12 Conference is a college athletic conference of twelve schools located in the central United States. ... A college football game between Colorado State and Air Force. ... Latrell loves him some MIRACLE WHIP!! sho nuff and mashmell The end zone is a term in both Canadian football and American football. ... Latrell loves him some MIRACLE WHIP!! sho nuff and mashmell The end zone is a term in both Canadian football and American football. ... Diagram of a Canadian football field. ... A football is used to play one of the different sports known as football or Rugby. ... Latrell loves him some MIRACLE WHIP!! sho nuff and mashmell The end zone is a term in both Canadian football and American football. ... In American football, rushing has two different meanings. ... This article is about a type of football play. ... In American football and Canadian football, not all players on offense are entitled to receive a forward pass. ... This article is about the mathematical construct. ...


Touchdowns are usually scored by the offense. However, the defense can also score a touchdown if they have recovered a fumble or an interception. Look up fumble in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... In Canadian or American football, an interception occurs when a quarterbacks pass is caught by a player on the opposing team. ...


A touchdown is worth 6 points. The scoring team is also awarded the opportunity for an extra point or a two-point conversion. [1] In American football, the extra point, point after touchdown, or PAT is the act of lining up to kick, as in a field goal, immediately following a touchdown. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

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History

Texas Tech Red Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree (right) catching a pass for a touchdown.

When the touchdown was introduced into American football in 1876, it did not award a score; instead, it only allowed the offense the chance to kick for goal by placekick from a spot along a line perpendicular to the goal line and passing through the point where the ball was touched down, or through a process known as a "punt-out", where the attacking team would kick the ball from the point where it was touched down to a teammate. If the teammate could fair catch the ball, he could follow with a try for goal from the spot of the catch, or resume play as normal (in an attempt to touchdown the ball in a spot more advantageous for kicking). [2] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Texas Tech University is a nationally recognized doctoral/research university located in Lubbock, Texas, established in 1923 originally as Texas Technological College. ... The wide receiver (WR) position in American and Canadian football is the pass-catching specialist. ... Michael Crabtree (born September 14, 1987 in Dallas, Texas) is a college football wide receiver for the Texas Tech Red Raiders. ... Year 1876 Pick up Sticks(MDCCCLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Thursday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Fig. ... A fair catch is a play in American football and several other forms of football. ...


In 1881, the rules were modified so that a goal kicked from a touchdown took precedence over a goal kicked from the field in breaking ties.[2] Year 1881 (MDCCCLXXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


In 1882, four touchdowns were determined to take precedence over a goal kicked from the field. Two safeties were equivalent to a touchdown.[2] Year 1882 (MDCCCLXXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... A safety or safety touch, is a type of score in American football and Canadian football where a defensive team gains two points when the offensive team is tackled or loses possession in their own end zone. ...


In 1883, points were introduced to football, and a touchdown counted as 4 points. A goal after a touchdown also counted as 4 points.[2] Year 1883 (MDCCCLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


In 1889, the provision requiring the ball to actually be touched to the ground was removed. A touchdown was now scored by possessing the ball beyond the goal line.[2] Year 1889 (MDCCCLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


In 1897, the touchdown scored 5 points, and the goal after touchdown added an additional point.[2] 1897 (MDCCCXCVII) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ...


In 1900, the definition of touchdown was changed to include situations where the ball becomes dead on or above the goal line. [2] Äž: For the film, see: 1900 (film). ...


In 1912, the value of a touchdown was increased to 6 points. The end zone was also added. Prior to the addition of the end zone, forward passes caught beyond the goal line resulted in a loss of possession and a touchback. [2] 1912 (MCMXII) was a leap year starting on Monday in the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday in the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Latrell loves him some MIRACLE WHIP!! sho nuff and mashmell The end zone is a term in both Canadian football and American football. ...


The ability to score a touchdown on the point-after attempt (two-point conversion) was added to NCAA football in 1958, high school football in 1969, and the NFL in 1994.[2] [3] Jan. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ...


Other uses

The term touchdown is also used:

  • formally in the laws of rugby union and rugby league, touch down (two words) is defined as grounding the ball in the in-goal by the defending team, which is done to prevent a try being scored by the attacking team[4]
  • occasionally and informally in rugby union and league, touchdown also refers to grounding the ball on or over the goal line by the attacking team in scoring a try
  • for an aircraft landing on a runway
  • for a spacecraft landing on a solid surface
  • in a colloquial sense to indicate success, an allusion to scoring a touchdown or making a successful return from a flight

For other uses, see Rugby (disambiguation). ... Rugby league football (usually shortened to rugby league, football, league) is a full-contact team sport played with a prolate spheroid-shaped ball by two teams of thirteen on a rectangular grass field. ... This article refers to the use of the word Try in rugby football terminology. ... This article refers to the use of the word Try in rugby football terminology. ...

See also

This article refers to the use of the word Try in rugby football terminology. ... Touchdown celebrations are unique, and often humorous acts that American football players may do after they score a touchdown. ...

References

  1. ^ 2006 NCAA Football Rules and Interpretations. National Collegiate Athletics Association (2006).
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Nelson, David M. (1994). The Anatomy of A Game. Newark, NJ: University of Deleware Press. ISBN 0-87413-455-2. 
  3. ^ NFL History 1991-2000. NFL.com.
  4. ^ Laws of the Game: Rugby Union 2007." International Rugby Board, Dublin, 2007.

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