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fumble for something

to try to grasp awkwardly for something. He fumbled for his wallet, hoping Wally would pay the bill. Tex was shot while fumbling for his gun.
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Quizz Rodgers said the reason for his lack of fumbles is following the advice of running backs coach Reggie Davis to hold the football "high and tight, make sure you secure the ball.
I don't like talking about fumbles," Rodgers said, attempting to quell the discussion.
On the first play on defense, Boone had Heelan "coming off the edge real hard,'' the coach remembered, and the 5-foot-6, 130-pound defensive end gathered in the fumble and easily scooted 35 yards into the end zone.
When it comes to famous fumble facts, there are several other unique items that come to mind.
They've forced seven turnovers in the last three games, six of them fumbles.
I think we're very aware of their ability to get the ball out," Rams quarterback Sam Bradford said, "both by causing fumbles and interceptions.
An all-state second-teamer, Wheeler had 53 tackles, seven interceptions, three fumble recoveries and two sacks.
When I was in college I really didn't know how to recover a fumble,'' Fleming said.
Hawk intercepted Young's desperate throw and returned it 24 yards, then recovered a fumble by Selvin Young.
Daniel Henningsen recovered a fumble and returned it 27 yards for the game-winning touchdown with 2:40 remaining, as host Oak Park overcame
After Tony D'Ascenzo recovered a fumble, the Lancers scored in three plays, capped by Traylor Molm's 13-yard run.
Gbaja-Biamila had four sacks, seven tackles and a forced fumble in Green Bay's 31-14 victory over Chicago.
Wyoming had a chance to take the lead a few moments later when it recovered a Koral fumble on UCLA's 17-yard line minutes later, but on second down Matt Clark intercepted a pass at the goal line and returned it to midfield.
Oregon's turnovers consist of 15 interceptions and 13 lost fumbles, out of 22 total fumbles, meaning that on average, the Ducks put the ball on the ground twice a game.
USC freshman tailback Emmanuel Moody carried the ball just three times in last week's loss to Oregon State, but even he can't seem to escape questions about fumbles.