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Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas (2) and holder Craig Hentrich (15) celebrate after Bironas kicked a game-winning 29-yard field goal during the closing seconds.
AP photo by David J. Phillip
Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas (2) and holder Craig Hentrich (15) celebrate after Bironas kicked a game-winning 29-yard field goal during the closing seconds.

Ex-AU kicker Bironas sets NFL mark with 8 field goals

By Kristie Rieken
Associated Press Writer

HOUSTON — Former Auburn place-kicker Rob Bironas kicked an NFL-record eight field goals and the Tennessee Titans needed every one of them to hold off the Houston Texans on Sunday.

Bironas’ 29-yard field goal as time expired led the Titans to a 38-36 win.

Bironas played for Auburn during 1996-99 and earned an accounting degree from the school. He led the Tigers in scoring in 1998 when he kicked 12 field goals but eventually transferred to Georgia Southern, where he helped his new team with a Division I-AA championship.

His winning kick Sunday foiled a spirited comeback by the Texans (3-4) who scored 29 points in the fourth quarter, capped by a 53-yard touchdown pass from Sage Rosenfels to Andre’ Davis to take a 36-35 lead with 57 seconds to play.

The Titans (4-2) faced a third-and-10 at their 37 when backup quarterback Kerry Collins found Roydell Williams on a 46-yard pass that set up the winning kick.

Bironas said he didn’t realize he was closing in on the mark.

“I knew we’d hit quite a few, but I try not to count,” Bironas said. “I try not to know the distances when I go out there, so I’m always concentrating on making the same kick. I’ve never really counted. I’ll remember this one, though.”

Bironas’ last two field goals were from 29 yards and he connected from 52, 43, 25, 21, 30 and 28 yards to break the previous record of seven field goals held by Billy Cundiff, Chris Boniol, Rich Karlis and Jim Bakken.

He doubled his field goal total for the season Sunday after kicking eight field goals in the five previous games combined. When someone pointed out that he had five field goals by halftime, he found it strange.

“I was like: ‘I’ve almost kicked as many as we’ve kicked the whole season,’ ” he said.

“I’ll take them when we need them.”

Bironas also kicked two extra points and set the NFL record for most points by a kicker with 26. Cundiff’s 23 points on Sept. 15, 2003, was the previous high.

Most field goals in an NFL game

8 — Rob Bironas, Tennessee at Houston, Oct. 21, 2007.

7 — Billy Cundiff, Dallas vs. N.Y. Giants, Sept. 15, 2003 (OT).

7 — Chris Boniol, Dallas vs. Green Bay, Nov. 18, 1996.

7 — Rich Karlis, Minnesota vs. L.A. Rams, Nov. 5, 1989 (OT).

7 — Jim Bakken, St. Louis vs. Pittsburgh, Sept. 24, 1967.

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