Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Forbath kicking it in the record books
By Peter Yoon
UCLA kicker Kai Forbath will play the final game of his storied UCLA career on Saturday against USC, and he has a chance to leave as the most prolific field goal kicker in NCAA history.
Forbath has 85 career field goals, tying the school record set by Jon Lee and is two behind the NCAA record of 87 held by Billy Bennett of Georgia.
"I would love to get those and if they happen, they happen," Forbath said. "More importantly I want to win this game. It would be great to set a record and win that game at the same time and have a part in that."
Sounds like 9-0 would be pretty much the perfect score.
"That would be great," he said.
It's not as if Forbath hasn't already left a mark on the record books. He won the 2009 Lou Groza award as the nation's top kicker and holds the NCAA record for most career games with at least two field goals (31) and is tied for the record of most games with at least three (13).
He has a streak of 40 consecutive field goals inside of 50 yards snapped this season, but kicked a game-winning 51-yard field goal as time expired against Oregon State. He has made 10 of 13 attempts of 50 yards or more in his career.
"Obviously when your offense is struggling like ours has been the last couple of years, points are at a premium," Coach Rick Neuheisel said. "And to have a guy like him come out and knock them through as often as he has, those are the kind of guys that you’re going to miss."
If not for UCLA's offensive woes this season, Forbath might have long since passed those career NCAA records, but he's had only 18 field goal attempts this season after attempting 30, 22 and 31 the last three years.
But part of the reason the chase has extended this long is his own fault. He's also missed five times, equaling his career high for misses in a season.
"We just didn’t get as many attempts as we had," Forbath said. "And a few I didn’t capitalize on. I set my goal and didn’t accomplish it, but that doesn’t mean I’m disappointed with the season whatsoever."
Forbath contemplated entering the NFL draft last year, and some have said his less-than-stellar numbers this year might have cost him a few spots in the draft, but Forbath said he isn't concerned.
"I don’t think this year is going to affect that at all," he said. "How I perform after the season [in combines] will show a lot of people."
And the extra year he spent as a Bruin, he said, was worth it.
"It’s gone by so fast and it’s going to be a big change after the season," he said. "But I’ve had a great time here and don’t regret coming back here at all and I’m glad I got to spend it with all the seniors I came here with."