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September 10, 2013Running off the field at halftime Saturday, Penn State kicker Sam Ficken trotted toward the locker room, having just seconds earlier connected on a 39-yard field goal to give his Nittany Lions a 17-7 lead against Eastern Michigan.
The converted attempt was Ficken's 14th consecutive dating back to the 2012 season, breaking a tie with Craig Fayak's 13 consecutive made field goals dating back to the 1992 season.
As congratulations started to pour in, Ficken was taken aback.
"I actually did not know until running into halftime," Ficken said. "One of the doctors said, 'Hey, you just broke the consecutive field goal record.' So, that was a nice surprise."
Nearly a full year after struggling through an epically bad afternoon in Charlottesville, Va., where Ficken missed his first three field goal attempts, and four out of five for the game, plus a failed point after that would have been enough to send the game to overtime, the accomplishment was not insignificant.
Yet, having learned to stay away from press clippings as a direct result of the backlash from the Virginia game, Ficken said he was completely unaware.
"I guess staying away from reading a bunch of stuff, maybe," he said. "I don't really I just kind of tend to stay away from that, but it's a really great honor."
Now that Ficken does know, however, he said he was happy to be included among such a prestigious group of kickers.
"It's pretty cool," he said. "There's some great names, great kickers have come through here, and to hold a placekicking record, it really feels good."
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