Toe meets dirt.

Looks like Noah Ruggles’ potential game winning kick in the Peach Bowl was foiled by poor mechanics.

In the immortal words of Coach 30, the moment might have been too big for him.

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52 responses to “Toe meets dirt.

  1. Dawglicious

    Pissed down his leg and pulled it, like fine pork barbecue

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  2. MillyDawg

    Hookin at midnight….just like his mama.

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  3. practicaldawg

    When there’s water in front of the green, don’t hit it fat… is the worst thought to have in your mind pre-swing

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  4. Hogbody Spradlin

    Like me on the tee of a long par three, trying to put a little too much oomph into the swing and messing up the mechanics.

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  5. SlobberKnocker

    I’m no kicker or coach. But, I do know that when I see a kick spinning on a horizontal plane it was not kicked well and has little chance to end up where the kicker intended. And I saw that spin immediately on that one. And yelled “he missed it!” way too loud.

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  6. There is maybe one worse feeling on the golf course than laying the sod over the ball. This is definitely the equivalent of the fat shot in golf.

    That kick quacked like a duck in a rainstorm.

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  7. RangerRuss

    That Benz turf will reach up and get you.

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  8. dawgman3000

    Love Scott Howard, but his call on that kick maybe his worst call ever.

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    • munsonlarryfkajim

      He had some bad ones in the postseason for sure. I didn’t listen to him much but virtually every one I have heard was cringe worthy. McConkey on his donkey? Give me a break. And the missed field goal sounded like some sort of weird mating call

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    • Russ

      Yeah I felt more embarrassed for Howard than for the kicker.

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    • Previously Paul

      I’ve just never liked Howard. Not even sure why. And not just because he’s not Larry Munson. No one else is or ever will be. It’s unreasonable to expect that from anyone. I did try listening to him when he first took over. He just grates on my nerves for some reason. Most TV announcers aren’t that great either. I do like watching the feeds we get during the playoffs where you just hear the crowd noise and PA guy. Wish we could see that more often. In the early days of satellite TV with six to eight foot dishes you could pull in the raw feeds. International too. No commercials. That was fun. Can you still do that?

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      • Morris Day

        I used to watch those feeds, too. Haven’t dabbled in it in years. My little bit of knowledge is that a lot of things are now backhauled via fiber. But, the sat wild feeds that are out there are on Ku band now. There are still sites and forums dedicated to them.
        Oh, and I listen to Scott Howard because he’s on my side. No, he’s not Munson, but he’s ours.

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    • Butler Reynolds

      That was the best call ever. Not much ever makes me LOL, but I actually LOL every time I replay it.

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    • Ozam

      I listened to the TCU home team broadcast (have now gone through 4 of the six 6 ESPN channels). I thought TCU’s long-time play-by-play guy was excellent. The color guy was more of a homer (which is okay)

      In defense of Scott Howard, following a legend is incredibly difficult, but I am not a big fan. He tries to be folksy and clever but imho he’s not. Call me crazy but I always felt like Wes Durham would have been great at UGA.

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    • 123 Fake St

      I can’t stand “Screamin’” Scott Howard. Him getting the job after Munson is what we all bitched about for 15 years. It was The Georgia Way.

      His best game was last years Natty when he had a sore throat and couldn’t SCREAM.

      It’s time to move on from him. Why not look at someone like Chip Caray?

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  9. Kudos for dedicating the episode to Chandler and Devin…SEC network has real class

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  10. gurkhadawg

    That my friends, is what you call a “choke “.

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  11. csmoore2021

    When he played at UNC Mack Brown had a nickname for him… “Struggles”

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  12. originaluglydawg

    LOL! Our newly found sensitivity has already croaked.
    The look on the kid’s face when Kirby called the TO was all you needed to see.
    All FGs count the same, but only the ones that make or break you at the very end of the game are well remembered.
    We missed a couple too.

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    • mddawg

      It sucks for the kid because people will only remember the one he missed, not the two he made before that. If he’d missed one of his previous two kicks, they would’ve needed a TD to win at the end there. If he’d missed both of the previous kicks, they would’ve needed a TD just to tie.

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      • jcdawg83

        If Pod had made one of his misses they would have needed a td to win. If he had made both that he missed they would have needed a td to tie. Suckeye fans don’t like to talk about that little detail.

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        • mddawg

          Fair point, the what ifs cut both ways.

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          • jcdawg83

            Most “what ifs” also make a ton of other assumptions to go along with them. The “targeting” thing is the perfect example, the suckeye fans automatically assume the targeting call would have resulted in an Ohio State touchdown and insurmountable lead. The reality is; even if they had been given the penalty, they could have fumbled, thrown a pick six, been sacked a couple times and pushed out of field goal range, missed a field goal, there are many outcomes that COULD have happened. A touchdown was not a given.

            I heard a baseball announcer talk about the myth of the “preordained hit”. He said fans get upset over called strikes that should have been balls but they never consider the next pitch, if a ball were called, might have been a ground out or hit into a double play or fly ball.

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          • archiecreek

            That’s why karma’s a bitch!!
            All the other shit that the buckscrotums were talking about is moot because of the midnight shank!!

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  13. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

    Not really an athlete.

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  14. Not really an athlete, so I yank it a midnight, just like a 15 year old.

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  15. Opelikadawg

    An old friend of mine calls it “hitting the big ball first.”

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  16. Russ

    He had nailed a 48 yarder earlier in the quarter. This was only 2 more yards, but he clearly choked. Hate it for the kid, but glad to get the win.

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    • Ozam

      Apparently he had never hit a 50 yarder and the previous kick barely squeezed over. If I was an OSU fan I would have put that loss on the head coach. He never should have put his kicker in that situation.

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  17. So, I went back to look at and compare 3 things. The 48 yarder he made, the 50 he missed, and where he lined up previous to Kirby’s timeout on the 50.

    We are given a fairly easy comparison point, because the 48 make and the 50 miss are as identical as 2 FG will ever be. Both on the hash, same end, only 2 yard difference.

    It appears to me that on the miss, he lines up roughly 12-15 inches farther from the LOS than the make. This would make sense as it forces him to jump, instead of step into the kick with his plant foot. His kicking foot could not keep up with the plant, so he grounded and pulled. Its much like walking and you encounter a pile of crap where you should land, you will make the adjustment to step over, but it takes a stride or two before your steps are back in rhythm. He did not have that luxury.

    To add, he is also a tad more “open” on the miss than the make.

    Now, obviously the fake punt timeout is legendary, and it was always a nobrainer to call to ice here, but Kirby’s use of a timeout here might have also saved us.

    It is hard to be certain, because Kirby called the TO early enough to prevent a practice shot, but it appears that Ruggles was lined up correctly before the TO.

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  18. Illini84

    Here’s an article about Mike Lantry, Vietnam Vet who kicked for Michigan and missed field goals TWO years in a row that would have beaten Ohio State!

    https://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/college/university-michigan/2020/06/26/michigan-wolverines-kicker-mike-lantry-missed-field-goals-ohio-state/3247931001/

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    • Ozam

      Apparently he had never hit a 50 yarder and the previous kick barely squeezed over. If I was an OSU fan I would have put that loss on the head coach. He never should have put his kicker in that situation.

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  19. godawgs1701

    I hear Ruggles said that they kicked our ass and that it was his fault and we should thank him for the championship.

    Thanks, Noah! Sucks to suck!

    You should probably cut yourself a little slack and realize your shitty defense blew a 14 point 4th quarter lead, though, after it blew an 11-point first half lead (Georgia kicked Ohio State’s ass, in other words). But hey, thanks again.

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    • Russ

      Yeah, after rewatching the game, I saw how close it actually was. Stetson’s interception allowed OSU to break serve so we were chasing most of the game, but we won the 2nd and (most importantly) 4th quarters.

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  20. Tense and concerned before the play, but just convinced there was no way he hits that long of a kick in that situation with all of bucknut nation standing on his shoulders. That moment wasn’t to beat us…they thought they had. The kick was to beat UM (who would not be in the final) and that was the extra pressure that I was pretty sure he could not handle. Hee hee hee….

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  21. 93dawg

    None of his FGs (attempts and made) looked like the types of kicks that you normally see from placekickers. They all seemed to spin horizontally and hook to the left. I wonder if the turf was the culprit?

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  22. Harold Miller

    My favorite Coach 30 moment from 2022 was the Brock Bowers TD where he said, “He’s wide open, like a colonoscopy.”

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  23. elbertadawg

    In fact he hit the turf (Less squarely) on the kick before and it barely made it there……………..

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  24. brigadedawg

    That was a fat shot on your neighborhood municipal golf course after a 6 pack and a stogie.

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