1. Forward passing gains or losses are measured from the LOS to the point where the ball is declared dead or is recovered by opponents in the case of a fumble. Both the length of the pass and the running advance after completion are included in the total gain. All yards gained or lost on a completed pass play are credited to both the passer and receiver.
  2. The passer is charged with an attempt for all forward passes thrown whether complete, incomplete or intercepted, except those on which an accepted pass interference penalty is called. Those passes ruled as intentionally grounded will be recorded under penalties, including the yardage lost and will NOT be counted as pass attempts. No pass attempt will be recorded for passing plays negated by other penalties.
  3. The receiver is credited with: 1. Targets (passes for which he is deemed to be the intended receiver and not including those deemed by the statistician to be uncatchable), 2. Receptions (passes caught), 3. Receiving yards, 4. Touchdowns.
  4. All pass attempts will be noted as to the yard line at which the receiver is located (whether completed or not). Receiving yards will be subdivided indicating the total along with the portion referred to as ‘Yards After Catch’ (YAC) by recording the yard line at the point of reception. YAC is calculated only from the LOS forward for receptions in the backfield.
  5. Laterals: A ball thrown forward is to be scored as a completed pass and includes those behind the line of scrimmage. Passes thrown in a backward direction, and often this is indicated by the officials as a lateral pass, are to be scored as rushing attempts.


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