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Missed extra point bites Utah State in loss at Utah

V.J. Fehoko, Chuckie Keeton AP

College kickers, right? We take extra points for granted but every now and then when a team misses one of those assumed extra points it comes back to loom large. That is what happened Thursday night in Salt Lake City, Utah. Utah State lost to in-state rival Utah 30-26, thanks in part to a missed extra point attempt by Utah State kicker Nick Diaz.

Diaz’s unfortunate moment came early in the third quarter. Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton ran 15 yards, tip-toeing the left sideline and stretching for a truly athletic touchdown minutes out of halftime. The score gave the visiting Aggies a 23-14 lead and figured to set the tone for the second half right out of the break. But Diaz missed his PAT and the momentum switched sides almost instantly. Utah would later kick a field goal to cut the lead to 23-17, and the Utes then recovered an onside kick and capitalized. Karl Williams capped the possession with a two-yard touchdown run and Utah did not miss their PAT to take a 24-23 lead.

Diaz did actually give Utah State the lead again int he fourth quarter, successfully kicking a 24-yard field goal for a 26-24 lead,but Utah answered with a 19-yard field goal to regain the one-point advantage at 27-26. Utah added another late field goal for a four-point advantage.

It would be impossible to predict what would have happened with the outcome had Diaz not missed his third quarter extra point attempt. Utah still scored 30 points, which would have meant Utah State would have needed one extra field goal regardless to force overtime. Keeton launched a last second deep pass for the win but it fell incomplete.

In close games like this, kickers will take the brunt of the fallout. It goes with the territory.

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6 Responses to “Missed extra point bites Utah State in loss at Utah”
  1. parkcityute says: Aug 30, 2013 12:11 AM

    I thought this game would like last year, and I did not want one again like that. It wasn’t quite the same, but too close for comfort. We will certainly take the win and savor it, but talk about close. One missed field goal turned the game? Whew.

    Go Utes! Great win!

  2. Anoesis says: Aug 30, 2013 1:15 AM

    Way to jump right in with both feet, Kevin. Not only whipping those fact-filled summaries out, but posting them error-free as well. Any chance you’d have the time to proof-read the guys over on PBT?

  3. 1990tiger says: Aug 30, 2013 10:04 AM

    “Utah State lost to in-state rival Utah 27-26”

    “Utah still scored 30 points…”

    which one of these statements is correct???

  4. briggdude says: Aug 30, 2013 11:05 AM

    GO UTES!!

  5. Kevin McGuire says: Aug 30, 2013 12:36 PM

    Hey guys, thanks for pointing out that error. I just corrected the final score to 30-26!

  6. alligatorsnapper says: Aug 30, 2013 8:58 PM

    Kevin: I am glad you can correct/edit your writing. Why can’t we do the same? Tell the NBC folks that you as a writer can make corrections and we as bloggers want to do the same. For truth, southernpatriots has put in a request years ago with JT for the same thing but we have not seen any results yet.

    Kickers truly do make a difference in close games. Last time LSU was in Tuscaloosa as they are this season, LSU kicked 3 field goals while the Bama kicker missed several. LSU won.

    Congratulations to the Utes! Good start to the season.

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