AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- The Texas Longhorns were awarded a rare one-point safety Friday and it came at a crucial time in their 26-13 win over Texas A&M.
A little-known rule in college football states that a team trying a two-point conversion will surrender a one-point safety if a member of that team is tackled in its own end zone.
After scoring on a blocked punt to cut its deficit to 13-12 early in the second half, Texas attempted an extra point.
The kick was blocked, however, and a Texas A&M player scooped up the ball in hopes of running the length of the field for what would have been two points for the Aggies.
But the Aggie player fumbled the ball back into the end zone and a teammate fell on it.
Officials ruled that when the first A&M player gained possession, the play became a two-point conversion attempt for the Aggies. Then, when the ball went back across the goal line and was recovered by A&M, it was deemed to have been a one-point safety for Texas that tied the game at 13-13.