Last night’s Fiesta Bowl contained one of college football’s rarest plays, a PAT safety. When writing my data collection software, I did not consider a safety on a PAT play as a possibility worth coding for. Even if I did want to code for it, I did not have any examples of what the play-by-play would contain for such a play. Now I do.
In order to work around the lack of support in my code for the play in last night’s game, I had to adjust it to be a successful team PAT kick for Oregon so the Ducks would be credited with the point. Changing my software to handle this type of play will be on my to-do list this off-season.