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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Bowling for Kickers 2010, The Final Kicks

Tostitos BCS National Championship Game
Senior kicker Wes Byrum hit a 19 yard field goal as time expired to give Auburn a 22-19 win over Oregon for the championship. During the week prior to the game, Byrum discussed the prospect of a game winning kick:
"I've actually been asked that, like, 1,000 times. When I went home for Christmas, all of my friends asked me, 'What if you get to do that?' it's been pretty cool to think about it – but hopefully it won't be needed, that we'll take care of business. But if the time calls for it, I guess I'll deal with it then....
If it comes down to a kick, we're ready. We'll do our thing to hold up our end of the deal."
After the game he commented:
"It’s a great experience and a blessing to be a part of it. It’s a team thing. Everybody has been fighting hard all season. When the ball went through, I held up my arms, thanked God, and went to celebrate with my teammates."
AT&T Cotton Bowl
Senior kicker Josh Jasper concluded LSU's scoring with FGs of 50 and 26 yards in their 41-24 win over Texas A&M. Beforehand he discussed the venue:
"With the fact that we’re playing in Cowboy Stadium makes it a better game. A lot of aspects go into making what this game is all about and we’re looking forward to it.... 
This stadium is going to be such a great place to play and we’re trying not to get overwhelmed by the fact that we’re playing in such a great stadium. At the same time, we realize that we’re playing a quality team in a great place. It’s going to be a lot of fun."
Allstate Sugar Bowl
Freshman kicker Zach Hocker made FGs of 40, 46 & 47 yards for Arkansas in their 26-31 loss to Ohio State. Before the game he noted:
“It’s an honor. Especially the first year. Last year they played in the Liberty Bowl, which is a pretty good bowl. But to come in as a freshman and to play for a Sugar Bowl and be here in New Orleans, it’s just awesome.”

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