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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Wyman redeems himself, credits teammates following game-winning field goal

Kansas place kicker Matthew Wyman (7) and holder Cole Moos (36) go wild after Wyman's game-winning field goal in overtime against Texas on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas place kicker Matthew Wyman (7) and holder Cole Moos (36) go wild after Wyman's game-winning field goal in overtime against Texas on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.

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Heading into overtime Saturday, Kansas senior kicker Matthew Wyman had made 26 field goals in his four-year career.

But none were as important as his game-winning, 25-yard field goal in overtime, lifting the Jayhawks to a 24-21 victory over Texas at Memorial Stadium.

Following a false start penalty that pushed the ball back five yards, Wyman kept his head down on his steps up to the kick and pushed the ball with his right foot through the uprights.

Afterward, it was madness.

Wyman jumped in the air and ran toward his team’s sideline where he was mobbed by his teammates. Fans rushed the field to take pictures with him and some lifted him on their shoulders. He estimated he had 30 family members at the game for Senior Day and it was chaos trying to find them all.

Plus, there was a little bit of redemption. Wyman missed three kicks, including a 54-yard potential game-winner, against TCU last month in a one-point loss. His teammates consoled him afterward and Wyman never forgot it.

“My teammates have been great,” said Wyman, who is kicking with a cast over his broken left wrist. “They are not a bunch of guys who got down on me. They stuck with me and kept building me up. I praise them for that.”

When Wyman prepares for field goal, he tries to keep his mind free. Teammates might come up to him to wish him luck or hype him up, but he doesn’t say much in return.

He sent the game into overtime with a 36-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining in regulation. He added another 36-yarded in the second quarter.

“Just hit it true,” Wyman said of his thoughts before kicks. “Keep my head down. I can only control so much. Once the ball leaves my foot, it’s out of my control.”

Wyman made a game-winning field goal at the end of regulation during his freshman year against Louisiana Tech.

But this was the kick that ended a 19-game Big 12 losing streak. This was the kick that helped KU beat Texas for the first time since 1938.

This was the kick that the Jayhawks hope turns the program around.

“I know the TCU field goal is probably still haunting him and to come win the game for us today, we were cheering his name in the locker room when we first came in, ‘Wy-man, Wy-man,'" KU sophomore receiver Steven Sims said. "I’m glad he got to punch it in for us.”

— See what people were saying about the game during KUsports.com's live coverage.


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Comments

Andy Godwin 5 months ago

So happy for Wyman and the team. The life of a place kicker can come down to a few pressure plays in a game. They are on an island (as was evident when Texas called their time out and Wyman stayed on the field alone to gather his thoughts and visualize the winning kick). One game disappointment and another euphoria. He had 2 chances in the 4th quarter of the TCU game, before the one everyone remembers. But this game, he was steady throughout including strong kick offs and three field goals, including one to tie in regulation and then on to win in OT. Cannot imaging a better way for the senior kicker to end his home career at Kansas.

David Robinett 5 months ago

Ironically I think Wyman Picturewas on the ticket stub for this game

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