MINNEAPOLIS – Mike Meyer sounded like a precise golf pro analyzing a knockdown 6-iron when talking about two clutch into-the-wind field goals he made in Iowa’s 23-7 victory at Minnesota on Saturday.
“The wind was straight at me, a little left to right,” Meyer said. “It was a pretty tough wind to kick into. But if I kicked it well, which I think I did, it kind of cut through the wind.”
To borrow another golf term, neither was a chip shot.
Both were huge.
The first was a 49-yarder, his season long, from the right hash that knuckled through the goalposts to give Iowa a 3-0 lead. Getting the first points on the board in a game that was billed as a slugfest set the tone – even if that meant not going for a first down on fourth-and-2 at Minnesota’s 31.
The last was a 46-yarder from the left hash that put Iowa up 23-7 with 4:48 left in the game. A miss, and Minnesota would have the ball at the 29 and some life. A make, and it was basically a three-score game and the Gophers’ chances were dimmed.
In between, Meyer made his 100th consecutive PAT and a 23-yard field goal and missed one – off the left upright – from 39 yards.
Of course, as kickers (and golfers) tend to do, Meyer lamented the one mishit.
“That was definitely a bad feeling. I know what I did wrong. I just didn’t lock my foot out,” the senior said. “I just tried to think about it too much, which is always a mistake. Never think about it too much.”
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