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It depends on where the quarterback is standing in relation to the receiver. If the pass is forward, it is still a pass even if the receiver is behind the line of scrimmage. If the pass is backwards, it is considered a lateral and therefore a run.

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Q: Is a catch behind line of scrimmage considered a run?
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If a quarterback throws the football behind the line of scrimmage and the receiver does not catch it is it a fumble?

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