With the arrival of bowl season, here’s something to kick it off in epic fashion: possibly the worst punt ever, courtesy of the Fisher Automotive El Toro Bowl:
Whether a football game is being played in Guelph, Ontario, or Yuma, Ariz., the kicker always needs to account for the wind.
Strong gusts cost the Montreal Alouettes a win during the CFL playoffs last month, and they thoroughly embarrassed Arizona Western College punter Joel Maddock in a junior college bowl game over the weekend.
Lining up to punt in his own end zone, Maddock, an Australian freshman who also plays defensive tackle for the Matadors, booted a wobbly kick that got caught in the wind and shot straight up in the air. The punt landed on the Matadors’ own 5-yard line, and the combination of breeze and backspin caused it to roll straight through the back of the end zone for a safety.
Ultimately, the two points did not make a difference, as Arizona Western’s opponent, the New Mexico Military Institute, cruised to a 32-16 win.
Excited for bowl season yet? Rice is positively giddy just to be playing in the Liberty Bowl.