Rodrigo equals career best with 4 FGs in 53-28 cruise past Missouri

Updated through Oct. 15, 2017

The football leaves Rodrigo's foot as Jacob Eason holds. A couple of seconds later the 25-yarder beats Kentucky as time expires in Nov. 5 game.
The football leaves
Rodrigo’s foot as Jacob Eason holds. A couple of seconds later the 25-yarder beats Kentucky as time expires in Nov. 5 game.

Averaging barely one field goal attempt per game, Rodrigo was the recipient of four opportunities on Oct. 14 as Missouri invaded Sanford Stadium for an SEC showdown with the Bulldogs, and he took advantage of every one.

Connecting from 37, 43, 29 and 27 yards, Rodrigo improved his season field goal total to 10 in 11 attempts. His only miss was a 44-yarder that slipped wide right against Notre Dame, and he has now converted eight in a row to boost his conversion percentage to 91.

The four field goals equals Rodrigo’s career best, established in 2016 against Kentucky. In that game, his fourth field goal was a 25-yarder at the buzzer to win the game 27-24; he also had an extra points to finish with 13 points.

Against Missouri, he also converted five extra points for a total of 17 points, just two short of the UGA record for kicking points in a game, 19, held by Billy Bennett. Rather than set up Rodrigo for a record-breaking attempt on the game’s final drive, the Dogs ran out the clock sitting on a 25-point lead.

For his college career, Rodrigo has been successful on 24 of 29 field goal tries, or 82.7 percent.

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Rodrigo concluded his redshirt freshman season with 14 field goals after making a 30-yarder on Dec. 30 to help Georgia win the Liberty Bowl over TCU 31-23. The fourth-quarter field goal gave the Bulldogs a 24-23 lead.

For the season, Rodrigo made 78 percent of his field goal attempts; he tried 18, including a 53-yarder against TCU that was blocked as time expired in the first half in the game in Memphis. It was his only 50-plus attempt of the season as the coaching staff gradually stretched out his limits.

He made 100 percent of his field goal tries from 20-29 (7 for 7), 75 percent from 30-39 (3 for 4) and 67 percent from 40-49 (4 for 6).

His season high for a game was 4 against Kentucky. He also made 3 against Vanderbilt, 2 against Auburn and Georgia Tech and one each against Tennessee, Florida and TCU.

He finished the season as the SEC’s leading freshman kick-scorer, justifying his selection to the All-SEC Freshman team as well as the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-American team. Rodrigo finished the season with 68 points.

List of career made field goals, game and practice, yard by yard:

40 yards — 891 times through 10/14/17

41 yards – 119 times through 10/14/17

42 yards – 177 times through 10/7/17

43 yards – 92 times through 9/30/17

44 yards – 118 times through 9/30/17

45 yards – 558 times through 10/7/17

46 yards – 81 times through 9/24/17

47 yards – 98 times through 10/14/17

48 yards – 116 times through 9/3017

49 yards – 46 times through 9/24/17

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50 yards – 514 times through 7/19/17

51 yards – 93 times, through 9/16/17

52 yards – 151 times, through 10/7/17

53 yards – 69 times, through 9/9/17

54 yards – 36 times, through 9/24/17

55 yards – 259 times, through 10/14/17

56 yards – 57 times, through 7/19/17

57 yards – 49 times, through 7/30/16

58 yards – 34 times, through 6/30/17

59 yards – 12 times, through 8/28/14

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60 yards – 102 times, through 7/19/17

61 yards – 25 times, through 12/15/15

62 yards – 18 times, through 3/12/16

63 yards – 7 times, through 5/22/14

64 yards – 5 times, through 5/22/14

65 yards – 5 times, through 10/23/13

66 yards – 2 times, through 5/15/13

67 yards – 1 time, 5/15/13

68 yards – 1 time, 5/15/13

Longest field goal, game, college — 49 vs. Kentucky, 11/5/16; 45 vs. Auburn, 11/12/16; 45 vs. Vanderbilt, 10/15/16; 42 vs. Kentucky, 11/5/16

Longest field goal, game, high school – 56 yards, Sprayberry vs. Kell, 10/31/14; 53 yards, 8/16/13; 51 yards, 10/10/14; 51 yards, 10/13/11; 47 yards, 11/2/12; 47 yards, 10/23/10; 46 yards, 9/7/12; 45 yards, 9/6/12

Snap-hold best – 60 yards, practice, 10/2/14; 58 yards, practice, 9/1/14; 57 yards, practice, 8/28/14; 57 yards, 7/16/13; 57 yards, practice, 9/15/11; 56 yards, 10/31/14; 55 yards, 8/2/12; 52 yards, 5/18/11; 52 yards, 9/23/10; 51 yards, game, 10/13/11; 50 yards, 10/5/10; 47 yards, 10/23/10, game; 46 yards, 10/7/10; 46 yards, 7/29/10; 45 yards, 6/15/10

1-inch block – 68-67-66-65-64-63-62-60, 5/15/13; 66-65-63, all 3/17/13; 65-64-63-62-61-60, 9/12/12; 62 yards, 9/18/12; 61 yards, 8/2/12; 61 yards, 5/11/12; 60 yards, 5/2/12

Off-ground – 64-63-62-61-60-60, 5/22/14; 62-61-56-52, 5/13/14; 62-60, 7/23/14; 61-61, 5/14/15; 61-60, 4/10/14; 60-58, 3/28/14; 60-57-55, 3/22/14; 60 yards twice-58-55, 5/29/13; 50 yards, 7/12/12

No-step best – 40 yds., 1-inch, 8/27/13; 39 yds., 1-inch, 7/11/13; 39 yds., 1-inch, 10/3/12; 38 yds., 1-inch, 5/29/12; 37 yds., 12/1/11; 36 yds., 8/16/11; 35 yds., 5/1/11; 33 yds., 3/12/11; 32 yds., 11/09/10

No-step best off ground — 42 yds., 5/18/16; 40 yds., 9/8/14

1-step best – 55 yds., 1-inch, 5/29/13; 54 yds., 1-inch, 10/3/12 and 5/29/12; 52 yds., 4/2/12; 51 yds., 2/26/12; 50 yds., 8/16/11; 49 yds., 5/1/11; 48 yds., 4/7/11; 47 yds., 3/12/11; 46 yds., 11/09/10

1-step best off ground — 57-55, 5/18/16; 55, 5/13/17; 56-53, 5/6/16; 52 yds., 8/27/14; 51-50, 12/22/15