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College football - if a defender intercepts a ball in the end zone, then runs around and runs out of bounds in the end zone, is it a touchback or a safety?

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Jim
It is a touchback.  The defender did not cause the ball to go into its end zone.  Had the defender taken the ball out into the field of play [beyond the goal line] then came back into the end zone, that would be a safety.  in your play the defender can run around in the end zone all he wants and be tackled in his end zone and it still will be a touchback.

Here is how you think through this play -  What put the ball in the end zone and what team put the ball in the end zone?  The pass by team A.  Team B (the defense) gained possession in the end zone and never took it out into the field of play.  It would be a safety if Team ha caused the ball to go into their end zone, but in your play it was Team A that caused the ball to go into Team B's end zone.

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