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‘Tiger for Life’ Cole Tracy Sets NCAA and LSU Records in Fiesta Bowl Victory

Cole Tracy couldn’t have scripted a better way to cap off his collegiate career.

The senior kicker connected on all four of his field goals in LSU’s 40-32 victory vs. UCF in the Fiesta Bowl to set the NCAA career record and program single-season mark.

It’s quite the accomplishment, especially considering Tracy’s career started at under the radar Assumption College in Massachusetts by missing a 33-yard kick from the right hashmark in his first ever attempt.

Tracy finishes with 97 career field goals, which eclipses the NCAA’s all-division career record.

Tracy’s 29 field goals this season breaks a record previously held by Josh Jasper in 2010.

Tracy booted the 26-yard record kick with 4:12 left in the game and also scored from 24, 28, and 28 yards.

“I won’t lie,” Tracy said to The Advocate. “I was aware of it. Being a kicker, it’s one thing you follow. I didn’t think it would happen. I’m very fortunate and happy that it did. All the specialists were aware of it. It was just an awesome moment. Something I will really cherish and hold onto forever.”

The graduate transfer earned the Fred Mitchell Award in 2017 at Assumption, awarded annually to the nation’s best non-FBS kicker.

Tracy, a native of Camarillo, California, was a finalist for the Lou Groza Award this year and captured second-team All-America and first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors.

Tracy will forever have a place in the hearts of LSU fans for his 42-yard game-winning field goal at Auburn as time expired.

After his last game in an LSU uniform, Tracy proudly proclaimed himself a “Tiger for life.”

“I feel like I’ve just now really been embedded into this family, and I’m jealous of the guys that get to be here longer,” Tracy said to The Advocate. “I mean the LSU family has opened their arms and brought me right in.”

Bob Chesney, the current coach at Holy Cross who was Tracy’s coach at Assumption, surprised his former player at the Fiesta Bowl.

Tracy was effusive in his praise of Chesney and LSU coach Ed Orgeron “for sending me out there a lot.”

“It doesn’t happen without getting the opportunities,” Tracy said to The Advocate.