WVU Football: Colorado kicker beats Mountaineers, gets scholarship
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BOULDER, Colo. -- First, Colorado kicker Aric Goodman connects on a game-winner. Then, he's awarded a scholarship.
Not a bad night.
Goodman made a 25-yard field goal in overtime to give the Buffaloes a 17-14 victory Thursday night against No. 21 West Virginia.
Goodman sat out last year after transferring from Wyoming and learned after the game that he was going to be put on scholarship at Colorado.
"Finally, after a year and a half," he said.
The Mountaineers (1-2) had the ball first in overtime, but Pat McAfee's 23-yard field goal attempt clanged off the left upright.
Goodman wasn't planning on watching but turned around at the last second.
"I saw it bounce out and knew it was my chance," he said.
The Buffaloes ran four plays and sent Goodman out for the kick. After knocking it through, he sprinted toward the sideline as the crowd began to engulf the field.
"You gotta love college football," Colorado coach Dan Hawkins said. "Unbelievable. That's a great game right there."
Goodman had a story taped up in his room after he missed an extra point while kicking for the Cowboys, costing them a potential win. The newspaper story served as motivation -- until Colorado quarterback Cody Hawkins ripped it down.
"I said, 'I don't want to see this again,' " Hawkins said. "He said, exact words, 'All right, when I kick a game-winner against West Virginia next year, I want a framed copy.' "
Hawkins plans to gladly pay up.
"I'm so happy for the guy," said Hawkins, who threw two first-quarter touchdowns. "He didn't need to do a whole lot this game, but he came through when it mattered."
West Virginia quarterback Pat White found plenty of holes in the Colorado defense, running for two touchdowns and 148 yards. Noel Devine finished with 133 yards on the ground.
White, the two-time Big East offensive player of the year, has 3,814 yards in his career, moving him into third place on the NCAA's quarterback rushing list. He vaulted by Kent State's Joshua Cribbs with a 12-yard run in the first quarter, and is 476 yards away from breaking former Missouri star Brad Smith's mark.
"He's a lifeblood," Mountaineers coach Bill Stewart said. "He's the best we have."
The best wasn't quite enough, though. The Buffaloes limited the damage White caused through the air, and he finished with just 43 yards -- after having minus-5 at halftime.
First Published September 20, 2008 12:00 am