Nugent Breaks OSU Field Goal Mark

OSU senior co-captain Mike Nugent nailed a 55-yard field goal today to give him 60 for his career, a new OSU record. Click here for more details on this accomplishment.

Ohio State kicker Mike Nugent set a school career record for field goals in Saturday's loss to Wisconsin.

Nugent made a 42-yard field goal early in the second quarter, then matched his career-long kick with a pressure packed 55-yarder on the final play of the first half. Those kicks make Nugent 12 of 14 on the year and 60 of 75 in his career. Remarkably, he is now 6 of 7 on kicks of 50 yards and beyond.

He broke the previous OSU mark of 59 field goals, set by Dan Stultz (1996-2000).

"It's a better feeling when (the kicks) have a bigger effect on the game," Nugent said. "Hopefully, when we get in the same situation again we'll come out on top.

"To be honest, I really don't care (about the record) today. I wouldn't care if I went 10 for 10 – all of them over 50 yards – and we lost. Walking out of the stadium knowing it's the first time we've lost in our stadium in three years, that hurts. Hopefully we won't let that happen again this season."

Nugent was coming off his second miss of the year, a 40-yarder in overtime last week at Northwestern. But he went right out and nailed his first kick on Saturday.

"That was probably one of my biggest things," said Nugent, a senior co-captain from Centerville, Ohio. "Someone told me long ago that you're only as good as your last kick. That's my biggest thing, hopefully, that after I have a miss like that that I'm able to come back and make the next one.

"I focused what I did wrong at Northwestern and worked on it. That kind of defines who you are if you can come back from something like that."

Nugent had made a 55-yarder on the final play of the game to lift Ohio State to a 24-21 win over Marshall. The situation was similar just before the half, and Nugent again came through. In fact, the kick was originally judged as a 56-yarder until video replays showed the ball being placed inside the Wisconsin 46-yard line.

"When I hit it, it went right a little bit and I thought it was guaranteed it wasn't going to go in," Nugent said. "During warm-ups, the wind was blowing that way and I didn't think it would go back against the wind. But it came back at the last second and snuck right in."

Nugent now has 301 career points, moving him into third place on OSU's all-time list. In this game, he moved past Rich Spangler, Vlade Janakievski and Keith Byars on that list. Now, he trails Pete Johnson (348 points, 1973-76) and Stultz (342).

And, for the second week in a row, Nugent saved a touchdown with a fine open field tackle on a kick return.

"He has 60 field goals and the 60th one came from where, 54 yards?" asked OSU defensive end Simon Fraser. "He's one of those guys that when it comes down to crunch time he's going to get it done. He's had a great career here. He's one of the biggest weapons we have. Hopefully, we can keep putting him in a position to keep us in the game."

As a team leader, Nugent was asked how OSU will rebound from this loss.

"A lot of people last week we're worried about the rest of the season. I'm not worried at all," he said. "I don't think we're a bad team at all. The last couple games we have not played up to our potential. We need to focus on what we can do and work on it next week.

"I guess maybe we just need to work harder."

EDITOR'S NOTE -- Stay tuned. We have plenty more planned with Dave Biddle providing a look at the defense, Gary Housteau charting the offense as well as Ted Ginn Jr.'s punt return, Charles Babb discussing the linebacker rotation and I have a pair of stories planned, my Sunday Morning Quarterback column and a look at where the Buckeyes go from here. Plus, we expect Mr. Bucknuts and Jerry Rudzinski to chime in as well on Sunday.

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