Bengals kicker Mike Nugent represented the Buckeyes well on Monday night, nailing two field goals in Cincinnati’s 20-10 win over the AFC North-rival Pittsburgh Steelers. Nugent’s first kick was a 41-yarder that put the Bengals up 10-3 in the second quarter. His second would be a 25-yard chip shot that gave the Bengals the 20-10 lead that would ultimately stand.
A second-round pick by the New York Jets in 2005, Nugent’s put together a nine-year career with four different teams, including New York, the Arizona Cardinals, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and currently the Bengals. In his career, Nugent has made 146 of his 180 total field goal attempts, and has also made 185 of 188 extra-point attempts.
In his time with the Buckeyes, Nugent was twice named an All-American in his sophomore and junior campaigns. He also set the school record for points scored (356), won the National Championship with the Buckeyes in 2002 and was awarded the Lou Groza award in 2004 as the nation’s best placekicker. A special piece of the Buckeyes offense during his time at Ohio State, Nugent became the only kicker in Buckeye history to be named the team MVP.