April 22, 2012 at 6:21 PM
The scoring system in Saturday’s Blue-White Game was so confusing that even the scorekeepers were befuddled by it.
Though the official final score of the game was 77-65 in favor of the defense, The Daily Collegian discovered that the offense actually scored 67 points.
In the scrimmage, the offense was awarded six points for a touchdown, three points for a field goal, a point for a PAT, two points for a play of more than 15 yards (called an “explosive play”), and two points for gaining two consecutive first downs.
Upon further review, the Collegian found that the offense had 12 big plays (24 points), six consecutive first downs (12), four touchdowns (24), four PAT’s (4) and a field goal (3).
That adds up to 67 points, not 65.
“It’s certainly possible that we could have missed something,” team spokesman Jeff Nelson said.
Who knew Coach Bill O’Brien’s would be so complex that the scorekeepers couldn’t even keep up with it?