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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Bowling for Kickers 2011, part 2

Outback Bowl
Junior kicker Dan Conroy hit two field goals (35 and 28 yards) in the overtime periods of Michigan State's 33-30 win over Georgia.
"I did but I didn't [feel pressure on the winning kick]. I really felt like someone was lifting a weight off my shoulders. I prayed before every kick when I went out there, and my body was almost numb. It was just different."
Conroy also commented on his counterpart on the opposite sideline:
"As good as I feel for us, I feel terrible for Blair. As a kicker, you understand how that would feel."
Georgia kicker Blair Walsh had missed two field goal attempts in overtime - a 42 yarder at the end of the first OT period that would have won the game and then a 47 yarder that was blocked and would have re-tied the game in the third OT.
"I'd trade whatever record I got [SEC's all-time leading scorer] to have the field goal that won this game. I know you can't put everything on one play — a whole lot happened today — but I didn't come through in the clutch. That hurts. If you're with Georgia, you're hurting."
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
Junior kicker Quinn Sharp hit a 22 yard field goal in overtime to give Oklahoma State a 41-38 win over Stanford.
"It's not an easy feeling. Everything comes down to you. You are the last one. It is on the line. I believe in our offense and defense, and they believe in me and our special teams unit."
Allstate Sugar Bowl
Sophomore kicker Brendan Gibbons hit a 37 yard field goal in overtime to give Michigan a 23-20 win over Virginia Tech. In a press conference afterward, Gibbons provided a unique twist on the mental aspect of kicking, when he answered what he had been thinking just before the game winning kick:
"Brunette girls. Every time we were struggling in kicking, coach tells me to think about girls on a beach or brunette girls. So that's what we did. Made the kick."

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