Stars of the Week
College football’s top kicking award, the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award presented by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission recognizes three of the top kickers each week from FBS division teams as the “Stars of the Week.”
Ryan Bustin matched the Red Raider record by kicking four field goals in Texas Tech’s 33-7 home defeat of Texas State on Saturday night. The junior from Kilgore, Texas scored from 36, 29, 27, and 21 yards out and added three PATs for a 15-point game, the most for any kicker in the nation this past weekend. Bustin, who has made 8 of his 9 field goal tries this season, leads the Red Raiders in scoring with 45 points, a mark that puts him in second place nationally in kick-scoring.
After falling into a 20-0 hole in the first quarter, Northern Illinois needed the help of three Mathew Sims field goals to bounce back and defeat Eastern Illinois 43-39 Saturday night. The senior from Hannibal, Mo. connected from 37, 33 and 18 yards out and added four extra point conversions. His 13-point day brings his season total to a team-leading 34 points and helped the Huskies to their 22nd consecutive home victory which ties the Mid-America Conference record.
The Kansas Jayhawks never led in their game against Louisiana Tech until the only time that matters, as Matthew Wyman’s 52-yard field goal attempt sailed through the uprights as time expired for a 13-10 home victory. The redshirt freshman from Bloomfield Hills, Mich. 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.
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.
National College Football Awards Association
The Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game’s predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association’s official website, www.ncfaa.org.
About the Palm Beach County Sports CommissionThe Palm Beach County Sports Commission is a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the County as a sports and sports tourism destination. The Commission brings sporting events and activities to the County, enhances economic impact, stimulates bed tax revenues (primarily in the off-season), and maximizes utilization of County facilities. The Commission offers a full range of event service support, corporate partnerships, sponsorships and a local membership program that support its goals. Local, regional, national and international marketing efforts are ongoing by the Commission with sports organizations and event owners. The Commission also produces sports-related programs for the residents of Palm Beach County including the annual Lou Groza Awards program, the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame, the Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches and awards the annual Sam Budnyk Student-Athlete Scholarship. For more information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission go to www.palmbeachsports.com.