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LSU place-kicker Cole Tracy (36) is swarmed by his teammates after kicking his record-breaking field goal in the fourth quarter of the Tigers' 40-32 win over UCF in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, in Glendale, Arizona.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Cole Tracy began his collegiate career at tiny Assumption College in Massachusetts by missing his first attempt, a 33-yarder from the right hashmark.

He ended it by breaking an NCAA career field goal record and an LSU single-season record, to boot.

The Tigers senior kicker rung in the new year Tuesday by making all four of his field goal attempts in LSU's 40-32 victory over Central Florida in the Fiesta Bowl. The kicks gave him 97 field goals for his career, breaking the NCAA's all-division career record, and 29 this season at LSU, eclipsing the mark set in 2010 by Josh Jasper.


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The record kick came with 4:12 remaining, a 26-yarder following earlier makes from 24, 28 and 28 yards.

"I won’t lie," Tracy said. "I was aware of it. Being a kicker, it’s one thing you follow. I didn’t think it would happen. I’m very fortunate and happy that it did.

"All the specialists were aware of it. It was just an awesome moment. Something I will really cherish and hold onto forever."

Tracy, a graduate transfer, won the Fred Mitchell Award in 2017 at Assumption, given annually to the nation’s top non-FBS kicker. The Camarillo, California, native was a Lou Groza Award finalist this year and earned second-team All-America and first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors.

After the game, Tracy reflected on his lone season with LSU. Even though his time is over, he's said he's a "Tiger for life." 

"I feel like I’ve just now really been embedded into this family, and I’m jealous of the guys that get to be here longer," he said. "I mean the LSU family has opened their arms and brought me right in."

Tracy's coach at Assumption, Bob Chesney, now the coach at Holy Cross, surprised him by being at the Fiesta Bowl. Tracy thanked Chesney and LSU coach Ed Orgeron "for sending me out there a lot.

"It doesn't happen without getting the opportunities," Tracy said.


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