Last year at this time senior kicker Jeremy Shelley was kicking lots of field goals. This year it was extra points... six of them, as Alabama defeated Notre Dame 42-14 to win the National Championship.
Junior punter Cody Mandell was also a factor, averaging 49.3 yards on four punts, with a long of 55 yards and placing two of them inside the twenty yard line.
Junior kicker Chandler Catanzaro hit a 37 yard field goal as time expired to give Clemson a 25-24 win over LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
"I was hoping that I'd get a chance. It's a great feeling to win a game like this. It was unbelievable. I have to thank the team for setting me up. It seemed like that last drive was meant to be."Kicking on less than ideal field conditions, junior Ross Krautman contributed ten points (two FGs and four PATs) to Syracuse's 38-14 win over West Virginia in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.
Senior kicker Dan Conroy's 47 yard field goal with 1:01 remaining gave Michigan State a 17-16 win over TCU in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
"With so many close games and losing like we did during the season, to have one go our way was definitely sweet."Sophomore kicker Ryan Bustin hit a 28 yard field goal as time expired to lift Texas Tech to a 34-31 win over Minnesota in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas.
“It was an up and down game the whole night, and I was just glad I could put it through the uprights for these seniors.”Junior kicker Cody Journell's 22 yard field goal in overtime gave Virginia Tech a 13-10 win over Rutgers in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
Both freshman Blue Devil specialists set Belk Bowl records during Dukes' 48-34 loss to Cincinnati. Punter Will Monday's 79 yarder is now the longest punt and kicker Ross Martin's 52 yarder is now the longest field goal.
“I was completely focused for that kick. I’ve done it a hundred times before."Several Little Caesars Bowl kicking records were broken or tied in this year's game which Central Michigan won 24-21 over Western Kentucky. Hilltoppers junior punter Hendrix Brakefield hit a record long 74 yard punt, only to see that broken on the next possession when Chippewas junior punter Richie Hogan launched an 82 yarder. Chippewas senior kicker David Harman tied the bowl record for longest field goal with a 50 yarder. He now shares that record with Stephen Gostkowski (Memphis, 2005).
Senior kicker Michael Frisina hit a 27 yard field goal with 1:16 remaining to lift Boise State to a 28-26 win over Washington in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas.
“I’ve seen a lot of my friends growing up through the years that I’ve known from kicking get game-winning opportunities. Man, I wonder what that would be like? That must be awesome. It’s every kicker’s dream to hit a game-winning field goal....Senior kicker Brett Baer made field goals of 50, 25 & 40 yards in Louisiana-Lafayette's 43-34 win over East Carolina in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.
Are there butterflies? Sure. If there’s not, then there’s something wrong with you....
[walking toward the spot] That way when you look at the goal posts it’s almost like they’re getting bigger even though they’re not. You’ve got to do little things like that to make the kick easier for yourself....
I knew I made it right when I hit it. I don’t know where it ended up. I just knew it went through the goalposts — that’s all that matters. The only way I think it would have been better is if there was no time on the clock.”
Senior punter Riley Stephenson placed six punts inside the 20 yard line, including four inside the five-yard-line and two at the one-yard-line, in BYU's 23-6 win over San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl.
"A lot of times when you are inside the 50, you can’t just get ahold of it and boom it. You just gotta drop it in the corner and hopefully it stays inside the 10. So it is not much of a kick, but look what it did tonight."