"I've been in that position before, in the Maryland game and the game-tying field goal in the Miami game," said Sade. "I was confident. It all begins in practice. I had a perfect week in practice. I knew coach knew I could make the field goal so I was confident going out there." "We gave our kicker a chance to win it and he did," said head coach Dave Doeren. "I'm very proud of Nik for that kick.
"It takes him back to training camp when we did the suicide kick-off. He had probably 105 guys around him yelling at him with every swear word known to man to see if he could kick under pressure and he nailed five in a row there so I knew he had a chance."
What did it feel like seeing the ball sail through the uprights?
"It's unexplainable," said Sade. "I can't explain it, it's so much joy. To see all my teammates jumping around, it's the greatest feeling."
Through two games, Sade has been really, really good.
In the season opener he kicked four field goals and seven of his nine kickoffs were touchbacks. He was even bigger against Richmond, drilling three more field goals and all six of his kickoffs were touchbacks.
"I wanted to be more accountable for my team [this season]," said Sade. "I left too many points off the scoreboard [last year]. I want to be the most accountable player on my team for my position."
Sade is certainly developing into a weapon for the Wolfpack.