Former Buckeye great Mike Nugent came up huge for the Cincinnati Bengals today. With the game tied at 24 in overtime, Nugent came in and closed the door with a 43 yard field goal. The kick boosted the Bengals to 4-2 and saved the game after blowing a big lead in the fourth.
Nugent is regarded in Columbus as one of if not the greatest Buckeyes kicker of all time. The Ohio State record holder for total points (with 356), Nugent was a two-time All-American and Lou Graza Award winner, given to the nation’s best kicker. He was a big part of OSU’s 2002 championship season. In 2004, Nugent became the first Buckeye kicker to ever be named team MVP. Later that year, he was drafted in the second round by the New York Jets.
In his seven years as a pro, Nugent has found success with four different teams. Just last season, Nugent set the Bengals’ team record for points and field goals made in a single season, with 152 and 33. After signing a two-year contract in the offseason to stay in Cincinnati, Nugent has started the season by hitting eight for ten attempts, including todays game-winner.
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