MacGinnis and others reflect on the kicker’s record breaking performance


Kentucky kicked Austin MacGinnis misses the game winning field goal during the game against the University of Florida on Saturday, September 23, 2017 in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky was defeated 28-27. Photo by Chase Phillips | Staff

Brianna Dooley

During Kentucky’s victory over Missouri Saturday night, senior Kicker Austin MacGinnis broke Kentucky’s career scoring record. He surpassed Lones Seiber’s record set in 2009.

During Seiber’s four-year career in 2006-2009, he scored 305 points. 99 of those points came from his sophomore season in 2007, just shy of a 100-point season. 

MacGinnis broke this record by 9 points on Saturday, finishing with a total tally of 314 career points under his belt. He’ll have the rest of the season to cement himself even further into first place on UK’s career scoring list. 

MacGinnis’ career with Kentucky started in 2014 and he scored 104 points in that single season. He followed up his impressive freshman season with 61 points in 2015 and 92 points 2016. So far this season MacGinnis has 57 points. 

The Cats also had another player break a record in that scoring drive. Running back Benny Snell rushed for career long run of 71-yards into the end-zone, which set up MacGinnis’s clinching scoring record on an extra point. That was his eighth point of the night.

On the extra point, MacGinnis said he knew he was breaking the record. Long Snapper Tristan Yeomans and Holder Blake Best “made sure of it,” he said.

Watch: Austin MacGinnis post-game interview

Prior to that drive, MacGinnis had seven points: an extra point and two field goals.

UK and Missouri were tied 34-34 with 9:40 left in the fourth quarter when MacGinnis’ crucial 53-yard field goal broke the tie. Later in the game with 01:48 remaining in the fourth quarter, MacGinnis’ 20 yard field goal sealed the deal on the Cats’ win, setting the score 40-34.

MacGinnis ended the night with four field goals and four extra points.

MacGinnis is a very significant piece of the team, according to head coach Mark Stoops and QB Stephen Johnson. In the post-game press conference, Stoops says he’s “just proud of him.”

“He’s meant a lot to our program, he’s been steady and I wouldn’t trade him,” Stoops said.

Johnson said that the team calls MacGinnis “Mr. Ice in His Veins” because he’s a “phenom” when it comes to kicking.

“He’s unmatched in what he does,” Johnson said. “He doesn’t flinch at all. We’re really happy we have him on our team.”

Special teams coordinator Dean Hood says he was ‘so glad’ to see MacGinnis break the record. 

“You forget about him kicking off,” Hood said. “Because he’s so good at field goal kicking. You get inside of the 25 and feel like you have automatic points.”

MacGinnis said that becoming the all-time leading scorer put a smile on his face. He also said that breaking the record would have meant nothing to him if the team didn’t win.

The Cats won’t return to the football field until Oct. 21, when they travel to take on Mississippi State after their bye week. This will give MacGinnis and other valuable players time to rest up before the second half of the season.