Mackenzie Hoambrecker, of Northern Iowa, kicked a school-record 59-yard field goal, in his final college game, with 37 seconds left to give Northern Iowa a 25-24 victory over Southwest Missouri State.
Quite a nice way to end a college career. Hoambrecker finished the season 25-of-29. He also led the NCAA I-AA in field goals made (25) and field-goal percentage (.893) with at least 11 attempted.
Hoambrecker also finished 11th in the nation in scoring with 93 points. He set a school and Gateway Conference record when he hit five field goals in a game, performing the feat twice in 2002.
"Coach (Steve) Crosby, their special teams coach, said they are only bringing me in," said Hoambrecker. "It's me versus Steve Christie, who has had a phenomenal career. He's a 14-year vet.
"It sounds like a good chance to compete, and Coach Crosby said the best person will win."
With Christie not known for his length anymore and Hoambrecker showing he has plenty of it, kicking a 57-yarder to get one game to overtime last season and a 59-yarder to win another, he feels he has a good chance to unseat the veteran.
As a junior Hoambrecker made 18-of-25 field goals, with a long of 45, and 41-of-43 extra points.
Hoambrecker not only has 60-yard range and the ability to put kickoffs out of the end zone, he has also found a knack for making field goals in the clutch, something that could help him stick in the NFL.
Known as a clutch performer, he single-handedly won more than half of his team's games, some in the final minutes. Hoambrecker's strength is his biggest asset and has made him one of the top kickers.