Bowling Green kicker Jake Suder is used to getting the ball through the uprights The redshirt junior went 9-for-12 on field goal attempts last season and was 35-38 in PATs.
But Wednesday, Suder was tasked with kicking a field goal that meant a little more than usual.
Falcons head coach Mike Jinks challenged the former walk-on to make a 53-yard field goal. Connect, and he would earn a scholarship. Although the longest goal Suder has scored from in a game was 44 yards out , he nailed the try and his teammates went nuts.
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What’s even more unusual about this scholarship — the way it happened was entirely unplanned.
There just so happened to be two scholarships available to give to Bowling Green players, but no method of choosing who would receive them. Suder was drilling field goals all practice so when he was up to kick the long ball, Jinks figured he’d raise the stakes.
The spur-of-the-moment scene was close to not being captured on tape, but luckily, a camera was brought out just in time for the moment Suder will likely remember for years to come.
A high pressure moment for Suder, although Jinks admits he was not sure what he would have done if Suder missed the field goal. But the kicker rose to the occassion and starts his junior season on scholarship. What a story.