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Because it is still airborne, it counts as an interception.

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Q: If an offensive player pitches the ball and it gets taken in midair by a defensive player is it and interception or a fumble?
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What is the difference between a fumble and an interception?

an interception is when you steal the ball but a fumble is when you drop it

What is the difference between a fumble and a interception?

an interception is when you steal the ball but a fumble is when you drop it

In American football how is recovering the football defined?

It can be defined as many things depending on how you lost it for example for a fumble t be recovered it is called a fumble recovery and an interception is just called an interception

Can you return a interception for a score on a two point conversion in the NFL?

No, you can't. An interception or a (rare case) fumble ends the play. Followed by kickoff.

What are 3 ways a turnover can occur on a football field?

Interception, fumble, or turnover on downs.

How can the defense score on a 2 point conversion in the NFL?

Fumble recovery for TD or interception for TD

Can a wide receiver tackle a defensive lineman?

Offensive players cannot tackle anyone(they can block or run down the defensive players if they're the ball carrier) unless during the play, there's change of possession(examples: interceptions, fumble recovery), any offensive player can tackle the defensive ball carrier.

Professional football words?

Pass, rush, yards, interception, fumble, penalty, tackle, helmet, touchdown

For what reasons may the clock be stopped in football?

The clock is stopped for a number of reasons. After an incomplete pass, after the ball carrier steps out of bounds, after a turnover on downs, after an interception, after a defensive fumble recovery, during a coach's challenge, and after some penalties.

What is a turnover in football?

A turnover is the loss of possesion without the use of a punt, a score, or four tries at a first down. This comes in the form of an interception, where the ball is thrown and a defensive player gains possesion of the football. Also this comes in the form of a fumble, where the offensive player in possesion of the football loses control of the football and the defense recovers the ball.

How many times was john elway benched by the broncos?

He has been benched 3 time's due to interception's and fumble's.

What five NFL players have scored the most career defensive touchdowns?

Through Week 9 of the 2010 season ... 13 defensive TDs - Darren Sharper (11 INT returns and 2 fumble returns) and Rod Woodson (12 INT returns and 1 fumble return). 12 defensive TDs - Aeneas Williams (9 INT returns and 3 fumble returns). 11 defensive TDs - Ronde Barber (7 INT returns and 4 fumble returns) and Charles Woodson (10 INT returns and 1 fumble return).

When an offensive player drops the football that is called?


Can you return a fumble on a two point conversion in nfl?

no. A two point conversion (and indeed a kick conversion) is blown dead when the 'failure is obvious' - including if the defence gets the ball on a interception or a fumble

Is it a interception if the defense catches a option pitch?

No its not. In an option play, the pitch must go slightly backwards like a lateral and when this happens its basically a handoff. At that point its not an interception its a fumble by the offense. The announcers may say that they player "intercepted the pitch" but that does not make it an interception.

If an offensive player fumbles the ball and a defensive player picks it up and is pushed into the inzone is it a safety or touchback?

Neither, it is spotted at where his forward progress is stopped. And an offensive player could not fumble a ball in the endzone because then it would be a TD and the play is dead.

The passer is roughed on a pass that is caught and then fumbled with a defensive player recovering the fumble Where do you enforce the penalty?

I think the whistle would be whistled berfore the fumble could actually happen.

Does the yards gained on a interception count towards yards gained for the game...Same question for a fumble return?

Yes, they aren't going to count for nothing.

Which Pittsburgh Steelers player recovered Kurt Warner's fumble in Super Bowl 43?

On Arizona's last play of the game, Kurt Warner's fumble was recovered by defensive end Brett Keisel.

Who caused the fumble turning the ball back over to Ohio State after a Craig Krenzel interception in the Fiesta Bowl vs Miami fl?

Maurice Clarett

Can an offensive tackle run the football?

actually a offensive tackle are not really supposed to run the football not unless they recover a fumble

What is a intercept in basketball?

Well mate. The Word Interception is used in many sports and even sports video games. Anywhere you name it. Lets say the opponent has the ball in a basketball game and you know he was about to pass it to his team mate. You predict his pass and quikly grab the ball in mid air from the pass. That is called an interception. Extra Advice: If your playing NFL and you drop the ball and someone else picks it up that's called fumble so it doesn't count as interception. Just fumble.

How many ways are there to get 1st down?

Rush Pass Penalty Turnover on Downs Fumble Interception Blocked Punt Blocked FG Many variations of the list above

Can a defensive player get credit for a sack and a fumble recovery on the same play?

No, for the player to get credit for a sack he would have to tackle the quarterback behind the line of scrimmage. The quarterback would have to be declared down for it to be counted as a sack. If the quarterback is down then there couldn't be a fumble. So therefore there could be no fumble recovery.

Can a fumble be advanced on a kickoff in college football?

Yes. The only 'weird' fumble rule is on 4th down. On 4th down, only the fumbler may advance his own fumble. If any other offensive player gets possession, the ball is dead and placed at the spot of the fumble. Since a kickoff is, by definition, not 4th down, it can be advanced.