Former NC State place kicker Stephen Hauschka kicked the game winning field goal for Buffalo yesterday as the final seconds of regulation ticked off the clock.
— NFL (@NFL) October 7, 2018
— Jon Scott (@JonScottTV) October 7, 2018
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Hauschka’s 46-yard field goal gave the Bills a 13-12 victory over the Titans.
2018 marks Hauschka’s 2nd season in Buffalo (3-year $8.85 million contract), and his 11th year in the NFL after spending one year at NC State.
Hauschka’s story is really a crazy one.
He was a soccer player at Middlebury College, but was cut from the varsity team during his freshman season, and was demoted to junior varsity. Heading into his sophomore season, instead of continuing on the JV squad, he tried out for the football team, and earned a spot. In three seasons at Middlebury, he earned All-NESCAC honors twice. Instead of following his plans to go to dental school, Hauschka came to NC State as a Graduate Senior, with one year of eligibility remaining.
He made 16 field goals for NC State in 2007, which is the 8th most in a single season by a Wolfpack place kicker. He also connected on 10 straight, which is the fourth longest streak in school history.
No one could have projected that Hauschka would end up being a place kicker in the NFL for the past 11 seasons, even himself.
In an amazing story, Hauschka’s 87.209% field goal percentage, is the 5th best percentage in NFL history.
Yesterday’s game winner was the 6th of Haushka’s career.
Phoenix Suns Trade TJ Warren to the Indiana Pacers
Former NC State ACC Player of the Year TJ Warren was traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Indiana Pacers prior to last nights NBA Draft.
Rumors were swirling that the Suns could be moving Warren to clear cap space, and the Mavericks, Magic, Spurs, Pacers, and Pistons all reached out.
Warren still has 3-years and $35 million left on his current contract. The Suns inked a 4-year extension worth $50 million in 2017.
Here’s the remainder of the contract the Pacers are inheriting.
Last year was Warren’s 5th year in the league, and he averaged 18.0 points per game (2nd best), and a career best 42.8% from three-point land.
The Pacers are getting a deal.
Warren will have the privilege of being coached by former NC State Guard Nate McMillan.
Philip Rivers Tied for 2nd Best Odds to Win 2019 NFL MVP
Football season is creeping up on us, and Vegas is itching for people to chuck money their way. According to some very early betting lines, NC State legend, Los Angeles Chargers Quarterback Philip Rivers is tied for the 2nd best odds to win the 2019 NFL MVP Award.
At the age of 36, Rivers’ QB Rating of 105.5, 32 touchdowns, and 68.5% completion percentage, were all tied for the 2nd best marks of his 15 year career.
Last year Rivers ranked 8th in Completion Percentage (68.3%), 8th in passing yards (4,308), 6th in passing touchdowns (32), and 5th in QB Rating (105.5).
Rivers led the Chargers to a 12-4 record last year.
TJ Warren, Terry Henderson & Malik Abu Invade Local Summer League
The Ultimate Basketball Association, a local Pro-Am League, is currently in session, and 3 former NC State players have come back to the Triangle to show out.
TJ Warren is on a team with Terry Henderson, and in the video below, the two of them face off against Malik Abu’s squad.
Compliments to the Hoop State Network for the video released Monday.
Will Wilson Signs Contract with Los Angeles Angels
Former NC State Shortstop Will Wilson has officially signed his contract with the Los Angeles Angels after being taken 15th overall in the 2019 MLB Draft.
The shortstop from North Carolina State will receive an under-slot bonus of $3.4 million, said a club official who was not authorized to publicly comment. The value of the 15th pick with which the Angels chose Wilson was $3,885,800.LA Times
Wilson became the first player in NC State history to earn ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors this year, and also has picked up All-American honors.
It was fitting that Wilson was in attendance at the Angels game tonight, making an appearance on the big screen.