Sophomore placekicker Aaron Jamieson, of Cassville, nailed a 28-yard field goal in the final minute to give Central Missouri State University a thrilling 30-27 road victory over Fort Hays State at Hays, Kan., on Saturday.
Jim Svoboda, the head coach of the CMSU Mules, said of Jamieson's kick, "He was cool as a cucumber. He just stepped up and drilled that thing through.
"Kicking into the wind, you never know what could happen there, plus we've had an extra point blocked and that could get in the guy's head. But he just stepped up there and kicked it," said Svoboda.
Besides Jamieson's late heroics, CMSU's Eric Czerniewski became the MIAA all-time leader in career passing yards and total offense with his 385 yard performance against the Tigers.
So far this season, Jamieson is nine for 10 in field goals. His longest of the season so far is a 33-yard field goal against Pittsburg State University. Jamieson has hit 34 out of 38 extra point attempts.
Jamieson is also leading the Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in kick scoring, averaging 8.7 points per game, and field goal percentage, 90 percent.
Jamieson became the starting kicker for the Mules as a true freshman in 2009, following a stellar career at Cassville High School. He made the first-team All-Conference and All-District teams three times while kicking for David Large's Wildcats, and earned All-State honors his senior year. Jamieson kicked the third-longest field goal in Show Me Bowl history with a 42-yarder when Cassville defeated Cardinal Ritter to win the Missouri Class 3 state title in 2008.
As a freshman at CMSU, Jamieson connected on 42 of 45 extra point attempts and hit six of nine field goal tries. His longest field goal came against Pittsburg State, a 43-yarder.
CMSU improved to 6-1 overall with the victory, and leads the Mid America Intercollegiate Athletics Association rankings with a perfect 5-0 record. The Mules will host Missouri Western at Warrensburg on Saturday.
Editor's note: Two other former Wildcat place kickers are in action most Saturdays. Jason Bromley, a 2006 graduate of Cassville High School and former All-State kicker, is handling kickoffs for Missouri State University this fall, and Matt Angel, a 2009 CHS grad, is kicking off for the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's football squad in Terre Haute, Ind.