By Jody Demling - Cardinal Authority

Redshirt freshman kicker Blanton Creque ties a school record with four field goals; sets a school mark with 18 points in a game

University of Louisville redshirt freshman kicker Blanton Creque came up huge for the Cardinals on Saturday in a 54-13 win over North Carolian State. Creque tied a school record with four field goals and set a school mark for kickers with 18 points in a game.

University of Louisville redshirt freshman kicker Blanton Creque said he just stayed focused on his job.

Creque started the season has been locked in a competition with Evan O'Hara since last spring and the two kickers have been back and forth, according to U of L coach Bobby Petrino.

O'Hara started the season but Creque started the season as the kickoff guy. After three games, Petrino switched Creque into the starting role only to move O'Hara back in that spot for the Duke game.

But on Saturday against North Carolina State, Creque was back as the starter after a solid week of practice.

And the former Collins High School standout made the most of it. Creque tied a single-game record with four field goals and set a U of L single-game record for most points by a kicker with 18.

"It was awesome," Creque said. "It's nice to see some kicks go through the uprights. I am confident and always have been confident in what I can do on the field. We have a great group and the line does a great job.

"But yes, it's nice to see some kicks go through."

Creque made field goals from 24, 27, 33 and 37 yards against the Wolfpack and is 8-for-9 on the season. He's made 18 of 19 extra points already and is third on the team in scoring with 48 points.

"I thought he did a really nice job," Petrino said. "We brought him out last Saturday night and worked extremely hard on our timing of everything and he did a good job all week long, so I was happy to see the snaps, the holds - putting the ball in the right spot.

"He certainly did a great job of kicking it."

Creque did it on Saturday with a new number - 45. He switched this week because his old #32 is used by Stacy Thomas and both players in the same number couldn't be on the field at the same time.

But when asked if his game was because of a little John Wallace magic, Creque said "that's fine by me."

"John was a great kicker whatever can help me," Creque said. "Whatever can help me."

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