Former Texas kicker and NFL star Justin Tucker is no stranger to big moments or big kicks. He combined both on Sunday afternoon with an NFL record-setting 66-yard field goal to lift the Baltimore Ravens to a 19-16 win over the Detroit Lions at the buzzer.
The Ravens, who entered the game with a 1-1 record, were playing the winless Detroit Lions on the road. After the Lions converted on a fourth-quarter touchdown followed by a field goal, the Ravens found themselves losing, 17-16, and they called on Tucker to make history on the final drive.
Tucker’s record-setting kick and game-winner brought back memories of his days at Texas, where he established himself as one of the best college kickers in the country from 2008-2011. One play against in-state rival Texas A&M looked particularly familiar.
While his attempt against the Aggies came from just 40 yards in 2011, the travel of the ball and follow-through from Tucker strike a perfect match. Not to mention the celebration which ensues.
The Texas football social media accounts posted the comparison, writing the caption “spot the difference” with their signature horns-up symbol.
More about Justin Tucker
In his time with the Longhorns, Justin Tucker played as both a punter and kicker. He averaged 40.5 yards per punt, punting 155 times over his four-year career. He also made 71-of-71 extra point attempts and was 40-of-48 on field goal attempts. Tucker went undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft but signed with the Ravens, where he has played ever since.
Justin Tucker has already put together a borderline Hall of Fame career before the record-setting kick. The Westlake, Texas native has won a Super Bowl, been named to six All-Pro teams — four first-team All-Pro teams and two second-team All-Pro teams — and is the most accurate kicker in NFL history, with a field goal percentage just north of 90. He is 294-for-324 on career field goal attempts, and he has missed just four point-after attempts in 360 tries over his career.
Renewing the rivalry
Texas and Texas A&M rivalry has remained dormant since the Justin Tucker game-winner in 2011. When Texas A&M left the Big 12 for the SEC, it cuts ties with its old rival, choosing not to play a non-conference series over the past decade.
Now, with Texas set to join the SEC along with Oklahoma, the rivalry can be renewed in a new conference. Texas holds a 76-37-5 record head-to-head against the Aggies with the longest win streak reaching 10 from 1957-1966.