Establishing UCLA’s All-Time Placekicking Records

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September 9th, 1972 — UCLA placekicker EFREN HERRERA, the junior who had booted ten field goals for a Bruins team that had won just two of its ten games the previous season, sidefoots a short field goal with just 22 seconds remaining to provide the Westwood warriors with an incredible upset victory over the two-time defending NCAA champion University of Nebraska, a monumental loss which abruptly halted the mighty Cornhuskers’ 32-game winning streak. The native of Guadalajara, Mexico, who did not move to the United States until he had reached the age of fifteen, also played varsity soccer while at UCLA and made consecutive appearances in the 1972 & 1973 NCAA tournament finals, respectively, although the Bruins did succumb to the contemporary powerhouse of that era, St. Louis University, on both occasions. Herrera, who was a high draft pick of the Los Angeles Aztecs of the old North American Soccer League, ultimately chose to become a professional in the National Football League after setting a multitude of UCLA school records including most career field goals from 40 yards or more.
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MOST EXTRA POINTS, GAME
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5 ….. Joe Fleming ……………………………….. vs San Diego State, 1926
7 ….. Ernie Case …………………………………. vs Montana, 1946
8 ….. Kurt Zimmerman ……………………….. vs California, 1965
9 ….. ZENON ANDRUSYSHYN ………….. vs Pitt, 1968
9 ….. EFREN HERRERA …………………….. vs Utah, 1973
9 ….. JUSTIN MEDLOCK …………………… vs Rice, 2005
9 ….. KA’IMI FAIRBAIRN ………………….. vs Arizona, 2012

MOST FIELD GOALS, GAME
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2 ….. Joe Fleming ………………………………. vs Redlands, 1926
2 ….. Zenon Andrusyshyn ………………….. vs Tennessee, 1967
2 ….. Zenon Andrusyshyn ………………….. vs Pitt, 1967
2 ….. Zenon Andrusyshyn ………………….. vs Washington State, 1967
3 ….. Zenon Andrusyshyn ………………….. vs Oregon State, 1967
3 ….. Zenon Andrusyshyn ………………….. vs Oregon State, 1969
3 ….. Zenon Andrusyshyn ………………….. vs Washington, 1969
4 ….. Efren Herrera …………………………… vs Washington, 1971
4 ….. Norm Johnson ………………………….. vs Colorado, 1981
4 ….. John Lee …………………………………… vs Oregon, 1982
4 ….. John Lee …………………………………… vs Stanford, 1983
6 ….. JOHN LEE ………………………………… vs San Diego State, 1984

MOST EXTRA POINTS, SEASON
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12 ….. Joe Fleming ……………………………… 1926
18 ….. Ken Snelling …………………………….. 1942
22 ….. Ernie Case ……………………………….. 1946
23 ….. Bob Watson …………………………….. 1949
31 ….. Zenon Andrusyshyn …………………. 1967
33 ….. Zenon Andrusyshyn …………………. 1969
45 ….. Efren Herrera ………………………….. 1972
60 ….. Efren Herrera ………………………….. 1973
62 ….. CHRIS SAILER ………………………… 1998

MOST FIELD GOALS, SEASON
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6 ……. Joe Fleming ……………………………… 1926
6 ……. Kurt Zimmerman ……………………… 1966
11 ….. Zenon Andrusyshyn ………………….. 1967
15 ….. Peter Boermeester ……………………. 1978
15 ….. John Lee …………………………………… 1982
16 ….. John Lee …………………………………… 1983
32 ….. JOHN LEE ………………………………… 1984

LONGEST FIELD GOAL
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35 yards ….. Joe Fleming ……………………… vs Occidental, 1926
47 yards ….. Billy Bob Williams ……………. vs Montana, 1936
48 yards ….. Larry Zeno ……………………….. vs Air Force, 1962
52 yards ….. Zenon Andrusyshyn ………….. vs Oregon State, 1967
52 yards ….. Zenon Andrusyshyn ………….. vs Washington, 1969
55 yards ….. Frank Corral ……………………… vs Oregon, 1976
56 yards ….. CHRIS SAILER ………………….. vs Oregon, 1997

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ucla-john-lee-kicker2UCLA Bruins record-setting placekicker JOHN LEE (# 25) was the extremely accurate two-time All-America honoree (1984 & 1985) who still holds the NCAA single-season record for most field goals per game (2.6 avg, 29 FG in 11 regular season contests). Born Min-Jong Lee in Seoul, South Korea, the youthful “John” originally played baseball and soccer after arriving in the United States as a 12-year-old sixth-grader in 1976. A real scoring weapon from the very moment he first won the UCLA placekicking job as a freshman, Lee would set a new NCAA record by kicking no fewer than six field goals in one game as the Bruins barely edged traditional underdog San Diego State 18-15 in September of 1984 (this new mark lasted only a few weeks as matters turned out but still remains the all-time PAC-12 Conference standard).

Including the Bruins’ 39-37 triumph over the defending NCAA champion University of Miami Hurricanes in the 1985 Fiesta Bowl, the machine-like Lee totaled 32 field goals after 12 games for the UCLA Bruins as a junior in 1984. It is relevant to note that 32 field goals would be 96 points, or exactly 16 touchdowns with no extra points added. It is, indeed, rather thought-provoking to remember that ALL elite-level collegiate football contests produced a combined 47 field goals over the the course of the 1938 NCAA campaign (the very same year that junior left halfback KENNY WASHINGTON was the primary scoring weapon for Westwood’s gridiron warriors).

Unlike the accomplished Kenny Washington, who never got to play for UCLA in Pasadena, the acclaimed John Lee made three appearances with the Bruins in the prestigious Rose Bowl game (1983, 1984 & 1986).

Lee still holds the all-time NCAA record for most career games with at least four field goals made (six) and, significantly, the former UCLA Bruins placekicker also still shares the all-time NCAA record for most career games “in which field goal(s) provided the winning margin” (ten) … it is certainly most interesting to remember that Kenny Washington’s 1938 & 1939 UCLA teams could have changed the results of five of their football games from those two seasons had the Bruins been able to manage, in modern terms, either a ‘simple’ extra point or a ‘short-range’ field goal.

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