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Phil Dawson and Justin Tucker make UT history

History was made in Baltimore tonight when the Ravens hosted the Cleveland Browns. The teams both featured kickers who are former Longhorns: 14-year vet Phil Dawson for Cleveland and rookie Justin Tucker for Baltimore. Dawson made all 3 of his field goal attempts, all from 50 yards or further, while Tucker converted one from 45 yards out but later missed for the first time after making his first 8 attempts to begin his NFL career.

From researching at Pro Football Reference, this appears to be the 1st time ex-Longhorns have kicked for opposing teams in an NFL game. At first it looked like this had happened once before on November 7, 1971 when Washington hosted Philadelphia. That game was a 7-7 tie and extra points were kicked by Curt Knight (for Washington) and Happy Feller (for Philadelphia). Feller kicked for UT's 1969 national championship team, and Pro Football Reference says Knight played for Texas but I've found no evidence elsewhere to confirm that. A story on Knight in the Mineral Wells Index says he attended North Texas and the Coast Guard Academy before his brief NFL career, but Texas is never mentioned in it.

Hats off to Phil Dawson and Justin Tucker for representing the Horns in the NFL. Considering UT's recent success with their kickers, it's surprising that this has never happened before.

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