Running back gets ripped off, both for helmet and touchdown9/30/2012
College football's new rule to stop the action when a player's helmet comes off was born out of safety concerns, but increasingly the advantage is tilting toward the offending team. Duke's Jela Duncan had a likely touchdown blown dead when Wake Forest's Justin Jackson grabbed the running back's face mask and yanked the helmet clean off in the Blue Devils' 34-27 win. A 15-yard penalty seems to be a no-brainer alternative to giving up a certain six points, and if there's no penalty then the de-helmeted player must come out of the game for one play. Maybe the rule-makers should have kept their thinking caps on before legislating this issue. [Source]
Will other players pull off runners' helmets to prevent TDs?