Junior Tyler Rausa is starting to do the impossible: get Boise State fans excited about their kicker.
Rausa hit four field goals during the Broncos’ 56-14 rout of Virginia on Friday at Scott Stadium, and narrowly missed a long one on his lone miss. Rausa nailed his first attempt — a 51-yard field goal in the first quarter — the longest field goal by a Bronco since Kyle Brotzman’s 52-yarder against Utah State on Nov. 20, 2009.
Later in the first quarter, he hit the right upright from 54 yards, a kick that would have tied for the second-longest in school history. He said earlier in the week he had hit from 60 in practice. He also made kicks of 30, 39 and 45 yards in the consistent rain. The four made field goals are the most by a Boise State kicker since Brotzman made four against Hawaii on Oct. 24, 2009.
“I know he knows he can do it, we got a chance to see it tonight,” Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said. “If we are in those situations, if we are on the plus side (of the field) and we don’t have the momentum to go score a touchdown and we can kick it from 40 out or 50 out, whatever it is, he knows he can do it. It just builds confidence in us being able to put points on the board.”
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On the season, his first as the Broncos’ primary placekicker, Rausa has made 7-of-8 field goal attempts and 17-of-18 extra-point tries.