What are Run Plays in Football?
Running plays in football, often called rushing plays or a rush, are plays in which a player, usually a running back, takes the ball and runs downfield by a designed play. Most often during a run play, the player who is going to be running will receive the ball from the quarterback via a handoff or a pitch. The ballcarrier runs through gaps created by the offensive line and other offensive players in an effort to gain as many yards as possible.
If a backward pass occurs and the player with the ball crosses the line of scrimmage before throwing a forward pass, the play is considered a running play and not a passing play. A passing play is only called if a forward pass occurs. Any rushing yards a player earns after catching a pass is called yards after catch (YAC).