The Curious Case Of Britt Barefoot

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Do you think Britt Barefoot really wanted to be a kicker or was he simply forced into it because of his all-too appropriate last name?

Because the Southern Mississippi senior is not very good at placekicking. He's a decent enough punter, but Britt was only 7-for-13 on field goals lifetime and did not make a single kick over 29 yards this season. Until the last game of his career that is, when Barefoot kicked a 38-yarder, a 46-yarder to tie with 3 minutes left, and 39-yarder in OT to beat Troy in the New Orleans Bowl. He did wear shoes, however, so that's slightly less impressive.


He also did not have an on-air temper tantrum like his counterpart Sam Glusman did, but then again, Glusman's game-tying attempt was blocked. (See above.) Such is life. More fun facts: Barefoot's wife is the first cousin of Lance Bass. What a way to say bye, bye, bye to his college career! Am I right ... anyone ...?

The Golden Eagle victory almost made up for the fact that their wide receiver DeAndre Brown shattered his forelock on a freak play near the endzone. Winning a bowl game is great and everything, but I'm sure that all things considered, Brown would much rather have his left leg still attached to his body. (The replay below is not for the squeamish.)


In other bowl news ...

EagleBank Bowl: Riley Skinner only threw 11 passes for Wake Forest, but he completed every single one of them—and that was still four more passes than the other team even attempted, as the Deacons rallied to beat Navy's all-running, all-the-time attack.

St. Petersburg Bowl: South Florida manhandled Memphis, 41-14 in the (sigh) St. Petersburg Bowl at Tropicana Field. Memphis may have fired their phone company, but perhaps they should fire their athletic director for agreeing to play the Bulls in their own backyard.

New Mexico Bowl: Colorado State’s Gartrell Johnson had 375 total yards, including 285 yards rushing—the second-highest bowl total in history—as the Rams held off Fresno State 40-35.


Las Vegas Bowl: Arizona won its first bowl game in 10 years, by upsetting No. 17 BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl. It's okay, though, because I'm sure the Mormon fans had blast on the Strip after the game. Sheesh.

Bowls/Postseason Scoreboard [Yahoo]