Ressel earns Big 12 special teams honor

Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Missouri kicker Grant Ressel (95) is mobbed by teammates after his 27-yard field goal on the final play of the game Saturday gave the Tigers a 41-39 victory against Kansas at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (ORLIN WAGNER ~ Associated Press)

Jackson High School graduate Grant Ressel has been named the Big 12 special teams player of the week for his role in helping Missouri to a 41-39 comeback win over rival Kansas on Saturday. It is the first time the sophomore placekicker has won the league's weekly award.

Ressel was cited for his perfect day against the Jayhawks, which was highlighted by his game-winning 27-yard field goal at the final gun. Ressel was 4 of 4 on the day, also connecting from 43, 28 and 37 yards. His game-winner marked the first time since 1972 that Missouri made a kick to win while trailing in the final seconds of a game. Ressel also was perfect on three extra-point attempts.

For the season, Ressel has made 24 of 25 field goals (96.0 percent) and is 38 of 38 on extra points.

-- From staff reports

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