Opening Game Kicking Story – John Matich, Boston College -1996

September 14th, 2010

This post was for Mike Herman and his Kickology Blog:

Going back a few years… during my redshirt freshman year at Boston College, I was competing for the staring position with another senior kicker. All thru the spring we were pretty close in competition but he was the senior and our special teams coach was favoring him as the starter.  A week before the game, this senior kicker, tore a muscle in his quad, by default I was the kicker.   That year Boston College (1996) was going to open the season in Hawaii against the University of Hawaii. The game was not going as planned as we were down early. I connected on first field attempt from 27 yards and connected on my second field goal later in the third quarter. After some controversy at the quarterback position, Matt Hasselbeck (Seahawks) , brought us back and we had an opportunity to win the game on a 46 yard field goal attempt.  With six seconds left I kicked the ball and got tackled by all the guys flying in to block the kick. All I saw was Hasselbeck jumping up and down celebrating. I was flat on my back with two or three guys on me, I never saw the kick go thru. Best feeling I ever had besides getting marries of course.

John Matich

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