Texas A&M barely escaped the grasp of upset-minded Ole Miss Saturday, prevailing 41-38 on a 33-yard field goal by Josh Lambo in the game’s final seconds.
A raucous celebration from the Aggies ensued on the field and someone from the A&M athletic department fantastically captured the scene as Lambo slid to his knees soccer-style, was lifted to his teammates’ shoulders and eventually was congratulated by Johnny Manziel and company as the team headed to the locker room.
Now you know what it’s like to make a game-winning kick.
Lambo had a very atypical path to Saturday’s clutch kick. In fact, less than two years ago, Lambo was a professional soccer player.
As a 17-year-old goaltender, Lambo was drafted eighth overall in the first round of the MLS Draft by FC Dallas in 2008. His career in soccer never quite panned out, and when his contract wasn’t renewed, Lambo enrolled at A&M in fall 2012 and earned a spot on the Aggies roster via tryout last spring.
Taylor Bertolet began the year as A&M’s starting kicker, but after Bertolet missed two extra points against SMU, Lambo replaced him and nailed a 40-yarder in his first career attempt that day.
A&M coach Kevin Sumlin named Lambo the team’s starter the following week at Arkansas and Lambo has held the job since then, making 4-of-5 attempts, including Saturday’s improbable game winner.
And in the post-game locker room, Lambo was awarded the game ball for his winning kick.
What a cool scene.
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