Kansas redshirt freshman kicker Matthew Wyman was named one of three Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award “Stars of the Week” Monday morning after booting the Jayhawks to a 13-10 win over Louisiana Tech Saturday afternoon in Memorial Stadium.
The Jayhawks never led in the game against Louisiana Tech until the only time that matters, as Wyman’s 52-yard field goal attempt sailed through the uprights as time expired for the 13-10 victory. The Bloomfield Hills, Mich., native also connected from 39 yards and converted the point after try on the team’s only touchdown. The 52-yarder is the longest by a Jayhawk since 2009 and marks the first time Kansas has won on the final play of the game since 2005.
Wyman’s game-winning field goal, a 52-yarder, was tied for the sixth longest make in the NCAA this season. He’s one of 16 NCAA Division I athletes to hit from 50+ yards this season. All three of Wyman’s made field goals this season have been longer than KU’s longest field goal during the last two seasons (37).
Each week the Lou Groza Award singles out three “Stars of the Week” with Texas Tech’s Ryan Bustin and Northern Illinois’ Matthew Sims also being honored Monday.
The Lou Groza Award will be presented as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards in Orlando, Fla. on Thursday, December 12th. The three finalists will be honored at the 22nd Annual Lou Groza Awards Banquet on Tuesday, December 10th at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. For more information on the Lou Groza Award, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, and to vote for your favorite Star of the Week, visit LouGrozaAward.com.
Wyman and his KU teammates will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 5 when the Jayhawks play host to Texas Tech at Memorial Stadium. The game will mark the annual Homecoming game. Tickets are available by calling 800-34-HAWKS or by visiting KUAthletics.com.