IOWA CITY, Ia. – Mike Meyer’s 53rd career field goal, a 46-yarder into the wind with less than 5 minutes remaining, locked up Iowa’s 23-7 victory at Minnesota Saturday.
“It was just a great feeling,” said Meyer, a senior from Dubuque. “Our point-after and field goal unit just does an awesome job, making my job easier.”
Casey Kreiter, a senior from DeWitt, is the long snapper. Connor Kornbrath, Iowa’s sophomore punter, is the holder.
“When we really needed it there at the end, he had it,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said of Meyer’s clincher. “And that was not a routine field goal. He’s doing a nice job. And that’s one thing about having a senior. I think all of us have a lot of confidence in him.”
Meyer extended his streak of successful point-after touchdown kicks to 100 last week. That is the fourth-longest active streak in the nation and sixth best all-time in Big Ten history. Meyer also moved into third on Iowa’s career scoring list with 278 points. He trails Nate Kaeding (373) and Rob Houghtlin (290).
Meyer’s 53 field goals are third-most in Iowa history. He trails only Kaeding (67 from 2000-03) and Houghtlin (54 from 1985-87). Kaeding, who retired in May after nine professional seasons and is still the second-most accurate field-goal kicker in NFL history at 86.2 percent, has worked with Meyer throughout his Iowa career.
Kaeding won the Lou Groza Award in 2002. Meyer is on the Groza watch list this season and was named a Lou Groza Star of the Week for his work against Minnesota.
Meyer, who kicked four field goals in last season’s 19-16 double overtime victory at Michigan State, is far from satisfied.
“I definitely have a lot to improve on,” Meyer said.
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