NCAA approves football overtime, targeting rule changes

Seth Dunlap
April 23, 2019 - 11:29 pm

The NCAA announced a couple of major football rule changes on Tuesday.

The Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved changes to both the targeting and overtime rules.  With targeting, there is now a three-pronged litmus test when reviewing those penalties, and officials must confirm all three of those elements are present.  Those elements include; a defenseless player, forcible contact, and that contact directed at the head or neck area.   If any of those elements can't be confirmed on review, the targeting penalty will be overturned.  There will no longer be targeting penalties that simply "stand" as they must either be confirmed or overturned.

There was also a fairly major change to the overtime rules.  Now, once a game enters a fifth overtime no longer will teams simply start another drive at their opponents 25 yard-line.  Instead, both teams will alternate two-point conversion attempts.  That change was made, according to the panel, to limit the number of plays from scrimmage in games that drag out into an extended overtime.

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