Flashback: Killer Kicking

The last two weeks the flashback has focused on cornerbacks and tight ends from the past with hopes that it can somehow rub off on this year’s units, which are two of the concerns/question marks of the 2011 team. One final position in question is the place kicker: Justin Sorensen. He has been inconsistent in practice, so this week is in honor of killer kicking to help Sorensen get on track.

The kicking game 15 years ago had questions as well. BYU had to resort to grabbing one of the BYU soccer players: Ethan Pochman. Pochman benefited from kicking in a year that BYU had one of its most prolific offenses. Therefore, by season's end he set a new BYU record for points scored in a season with 123. He was named WAC special teams player of the week twice, and finished the year second team all-WAC Mountain Division.

Pochman’s killer moment came in the inaugural WAC championship game. On the last play of regulation he kicked a 20 yard field goal to send the game into overtime. In overtime, Pochman kicked a 32-yard game winner that sent BYU to the Cotton Bowl.

Ten years ago, Matt Payne took over the kicking duties for Ethan Pochman’s younger brother Owen. Once again, the offense was awesome, so Payne wasn’t called on to make many pressure packed kicks. However, he did have one killer kick.

Game 12 at Mississippi State was tied 38-38 with time winding down in the fourth quarter. After BYU methodically drove the ball down the field, Payne was called on to win the game. From 25 yards out, Payne kicked the door closed on the Bulldogs on the final play of the game. BYU 41-38.

It was a historic win for BYU. The kick gave BYU its first win ever over an SEC opponent, and moved BYU to 12-0 for only the second time in school history.

With the 2011 season at the doorstep, BYU will be counting on Sorensen to be ready and deliver killer kicking if the need arises.

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