a. When it goes out of bounds other than a kick that scores a field goal
after touching the uprights or crossbar, when a runner is out of bounds,
or when a runner is so held that his forward progress is stopped. When
in question, the ball is dead (A.R. 4-2-1-II).
b. When any part of the runner’s body, except his hand or foot, touches
the ground or when the runner is tackled or otherwise falls and loses
possession of the ball as he contacts the ground with any part of his
body, except his hand or foot. (Exception: The ball remains alive when
an offensive player has simulated a kick or is in position to kick the ball
held for a place kick by a teammate. The ball may be kicked, passed or
advanced by rule) (A.R. 4-1-3-I).
c. When a touchdown, touchback, safety, field goal or successful try
occurs; when Team A completes an illegal forward pass in Team B’s end
zone; when Team A completes a forward pass to an ineligible player in
Team B’s end zone; or when an unsuccessful field goal attempt that has
crossed the neutral zone and is then untouched by
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. - Benjamin Franklin 1775
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