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Texas alum Justin Tucker sets NFL record with 66-yard field goal

The Baltimore Ravens' Justin Tucker, a UT alum, set the NFL record for longest field goal on Sunday. (Baltimore Ravens/Twitter)

It's not often that NFL kickers attempt a 60-yard-plus field goal, and it's even rarer to actually make it in. Not so for former Longhorn Justin Tucker; the Baltimore Ravens kicker managed both Sunday night as he booted in buzzer-beating 66-yard field goal to set a new NFL record and beat the Detroit Lions 19-17.

With the game-winning kick, Tucker bested the 64-yard record completed by Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater in 2013. The moment served as deja vu for Tucker and team; the star kicker last set his own record at the Lions' field nearly a decade ago with a 61-yard kick.

"Man, I love Detroit. I'm thinking about getting a place here," Tucker told reporters after the game.

Tucker is now 16-for-16 on completed kicks in the final minute of regulation, according to ESPN, and this last-minute kick was just as dramatic; the ball bounced off of the crossbar before it landed in. Tucker was lifted off the field by his team and carried the game-winning ball well after the final whistle.

Although Tucker missed both of his 65-yard attempts in pregame warmups, Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters he was confident in his kicker's ability to make the unlikely play.

"He's the best kicker in history," Harbaugh said.

Thirty-one-year-old Tucker has been with the Ravens since 2012 and is the most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history with 90.8 percent accuracy.

Before the NFL, the Westlake native handled 52 kickoffs for the University of Texas and made 190 career points for the Longhorns. He was awarded 2011 second-team All-Big 12 honors and was ranked second on UT's single-season list for field goals made in 2010 with 23 completions. His alma mater made sure to recognize him in a tweet.


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