The honor was hard for McCrane to fully embrace after the
game for two reasons: the final score and his lone miss on the
day from 32 yards out.
McCrane initially thought the
miss, which sailed above the right post, was good, as did head
coach Bill Snyder. Because the kick went over the post, it was
not reviewable, however.
"I'd never heard of the rule,
but I trust the ref's judgment. He was right underneath it,"
McCrane, who later hit a 39-yard field goal, said. "When I did
hit it, I thought it went in. It was close. I shouldn't have
made it that close. I should have put it right down the
middle, but kickers miss and they're not 100 percent, as much
as I wish I could be. I kind of hit it off the right side of
my foot and sprayed it right. I could have made it easier on
the ref if I had put it down the middle."
For most of
McCrane's career, he has been right down the middle. And with
two regular season games left on the schedule, he will likely
leave K-State with a few more records.
for the 2017 Lou Groza Award, McCrane currently ranks first in
school history in field goal percentage (86.2), with Jamie
Rheem in second at 79.6, and extra-point percentage
"Matt has been exceptional. He's a very fine
young man, a good person, and hits the ball well with poise
and under pressure," Snyder said. "He can do it when he's
under that kind of pressure just as well as when it's a
40-point ballgame. I'm very proud of him."
more made field goals this season, McCrane would also break
the single-season record (22) currently shared by Brooks
Rossman and Gramatica. With one more make at 50 yards or
longer, McCrane would break a tie to hold K-State's all-time
and single-season records for that category as
"He deserves it. That guy works really hard, but
not in the weight room at all," said junior running back
Dalvin Warmack, giving a fun jab at his teammate. "But he's
always getting up field goals and just perfecting his craft. I
have a lot of respect for that guy."
linebacker Trent Tanking: "He's just a great
McCrane's record-breaking ability did not
develop overnight, and it definitely did not come easy. The
Texas native overcame injuries and reconstructing his kicking
swing with the help of K-State associate head coach/special
teams coordinator Sean Snyder.
"Coach Snyder has been
extremely helpful. I crunched a lot when I first came in, not
staying up tall when I kick the ball, and Coach Sean Snyder
has helped a lot with that. I give him all the credit,"
McCrane said of Snyder, a
candidate for the 2017 Broyles Award, given annually to
the nation's top assistant coach. "He was hard on me at first
to kind of change my swing and technique. I'm pretty grateful
for that, but it's changed a lot. We go back and watch the
film from when I first came in that spring and if you compare
it from now to then, it's quite a big
K-State's kicking records look quite a bit
different as well.
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