Five questions with Mike Matheny

Mike Matheny got his chance at redemption, and he took advantage of it. After a horrible day, Matheny recovered to make a 36-yard extra point to give Missouri a 41-40 win on Saturday. Inside Mizzou sat down with Matheny for its weekly five questions.

1) Talk about the winning extra point on Sunday.

MATHENY: I tried not to think about it too much. I went out there for the normal extra point, and then the flags came out and pushed it back. I knew they were going to call the timeout, and I really wasn't putting that much pressure on myself.

If you think about it too much, you can choke because you get tense and don't do what your normally do. It was a normal kick, and I put it right through.

2) After kicking a couple kickoffs out of bounds and having an extra point blocked, were you worried at all that coach would have put in Alex Petterson?

MATHENY: I really didn't think about. He came up and told me, ‘I know you can do it. Calm down. We know you can do it, you know you can do it; we're going to stick with you.' I talked to coach Yost up top, the kicking coach, and he said, ‘We're going to stick with you.' I wanted to show I could be depended on.

3) How does this kick compare to others in your career?

MATHENY: It's by far my biggest one ever. This one's either you make it or you don't. It was fun. As a kid you dream for a moment like that, and I was happy to capitalize on that.

4) Did it help that the score was tied rather than being down by a point?

MATHENY: Yeah. If I missed it, we wouldn't have lost. We would have still had another chance. That helped a lot, so it wouldn't be in my head.

5) How much of kicking is mental?

MATHENY: All of it. Every single bit of it. Like I said before, it's just about doing the strokes and not thinking about it. Thinking about it too much kills kickers.

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