Reichard Reveals Mindset Going Into Game-Winning Field Goal
Alabama place kicker, Will Reichard, stepped up when it mattered most, hitting the game winning 33-yard field goal with ten seconds left, as Alabama defeated Texas 20-19.
After the game, Reichard talked about his mindset going into this huge moment.
“I just wanted to get an opportunity I think, I just wanted our offense to be able to go down and put me in position,” said Reichard. “These guys fought all game long and I just wanted to do my part and help our team win.”
The Hoover, Ala. native noted that the hostile environment wasn’t anything new for him or the Crimson Tide.
“It was crazy, but we also play in the SEC too where stadiums get loud, so I don’t think it was a big deal,” said Reichard.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban was very confident in his senior place kicker.
“Will has been a consistent performer for us for several years now,” said Saban. “He had a game winner today, I don’t know if that’s his first but I had total confidence in him.”
In addition to the game-winner, Reichard nailed a 52-yard field goal to start the game making him 2-for-2 on field goals. Reichard also went 2-for-2 on PATs and recorded three touchbacks.
Reichard’s field goal on Saturday was the first field goal from an Alabama kicker in the last thirty seconds of a game to take the lead since Jamie Christensen against Texas Tech in the 2006 Cotton Bowl.