1. Every play from scrimmage is to be ruled as a rushing play, including those attempted on two-point converts, except:

    1. A passing play as described in Section 4, or
    2. A Team Loss play as described in Section 5, or
    3. A kicking play as described in Section 8.
  2. Rushing yardage is measured from the line of scrimmage (LOS) to the point where the ball is declared dead or is recovered by the opponents in the case of a fumble. For example, if a player fumbles the ball forward the gain will be calculated from the line of scrimmage to the point of recovery.
  3. The rushing total is a net figure net of yards gained and lost on rushing attempts. Such losses will also be taken into account in determining the rushing records of individual players.
  4. The player credited with a carry (rushing attempt) will be the player who carries the ball across the line of scrimmage, or is the player responsible for a fumble, or the player in possession when the play is stopped behind the line of scrimmage. Any offensive teammate that recovers a fumble and further advances the ball will be credited with zero carries and yardage from the point of recovery to where the ball is declared dead.
  5. All gains on lateral passes that originated or grew out of a rushing play are included in rushing yardage, See Section 7.


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