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Arizona State’s Zane Gonzalez sets new NCAA field goal record

8 October, 2016:  Arizona State Sun Devils place kicker Zane Gonzalez (5) gets congratulations from Arizona State head coach Todd Graham during the NCAA football game between the Arizona State Sun Devils and the UCLA Bruins at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire)

Arizona State Sun Devils kicker Zane Gonzalez broke the FBS record for field goals made in a career on Saturday night against the UCLA Bruins. With a 46-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter that put ASU ahead 23-13, Gonzalez drilled his 89th career field goal. On the night, he made his first three kicks and stands at 16-for-17 on the season.

Once a lightly-recruited kicker out of Deer Park HS in Deer Park, Texas, Gonzalez now stands alone as the NCAA’s all-time leader in made field goals, passing current Washington Redskins and former Florida State Seminoles kicker Dustin Hopkins for the all-time mark.

Entering this season, Gonzalez was yet to make a field goal longer than 49 yards. But in 2016 alone, he has drilled field goals from at least 50 yards out, including a 54-yarder, which is his new career-high. Entering the game on Saturday night, his 92.9 make percentage would be the highest of his career, coming off a year when he missed eight field goals in 2015.

Gonzalez sets the new field goal made mark just six games into his senior season. He will have at least six more games to play, including a potential Pac-12 Championship and bowl game appearance ahead of him. If he can set a new single-season mark with 27 field goals this year, he will also reach the century mark for field goals made for a career.

The Sun Devils next game will come next week from Boulder where they will take on the Colorado Buffaloes in a Pac-12 South showdown.

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