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Saturday, October 25, 2008
Williams perfect in nine PAT attempts


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Texas Tech coach Mike Leach didn't think game-time pressure would affect the performance of his new walk-on kicker Matt Williams.

 
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 Texas Tech kicker Matt Williams converted all of his PATs.

Leach remembered how Williams caught his attention to describe why his new kicker wouldn't be fazed by Big 12 play.

Williams won a free month of rent at a Lubbock condominium development earlier this season with a 30-yard attempt. So kicking closer ones for points after Tech's touchdowns would be much easier for Williams, Leach said.

"I thought the tough one was winning the free rent," Leach said. "You come out in your shorts and your street shoes and you have to kick a 30-yarder in front of 55,000 people. That was tough."

Williams converted all nine extra points after Tech's touchdowns. Leach didn't consider using him for Tech's only field goal attempt, a 43-yarder that Donnie Carona misfired early in the fourth quarter.

"Williams got his kicks up and we were encouraged by that," Leach said about Williams. "We had the opportunity to work with him and we were pleasantly surprised he was eligible. And he went out and did it today."

The new kicker is known by his teammates as "Lynwood," because that was the name of the apartment complex where he won the free rent. He has since turned down that offer because it would have affected his NCAA eligibility.

Tech sports information director Chris Cook implored Leach to make Williams available. But he was unable to arrange for interviews for him after the game.

"Sometimes Mike is like a guy with a new driver," Cook said. "He figures there's still a lot more big swings in that [club]. He doesn't want to mess it up."