Cundiff Sets Multiple Kicking Records

Billy Cundiff booted five field goals and notched seven touchbacks versus the Texans.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Sunday, October 16th, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Categories: 2011 Season Gameday, Ryan Mink, Week 6 vs Texans

Billy Cundiff acknowledged his leg may be a little sore after Sunday’s 29-14 win.

That right leg accounted for most of the Ravens’ scoring – 17 points on five field goals and two extra points – and booted seven touchbacks too.

But he’ll take a little pain for a record-setting day like that.

Cundiff’s five field goals tied the franchise’s single-game record for most in a game. His seven touchbacks also set a Ravens’ single-game record.

“It’s fun,” Cundiff said. “This is obviously what I want, a chance to show what I can do and make an impact in a game.”

Cundiff last kicked five field goals against the Indianapolis Colts in his first game as a Raven on Nov. 22, 2009. He also did it once while with Dallas in 2003.

The Pro Bowl kicker said he was actually recalling memories from that Colts game going into Sunday’s contest. It had a similar later start time, Cundiff recalled, and was a big game at M&T Bank Stadium.

“I kept thinking to myself, ‘If I had to do it all over again, how would I have done it? How would I have had it play out?’” Cundiff said.

“This time I felt like I did a better job than the previous time. It took me six tries the previous time. This time I made them all.”

Cundiff is now 7-for-7 after missing a pair of 51-yard attempts against the St. Louis Rams in Week 3. The Ravens’ kicker sunk attempts from 43, 48, 25, 33 and 40 yards, in that order.

His touchbacks record is also impressive, and nullified the Texans’ kickoff return game. Cundiff beat his own record from the Ravens’ last game, when he blasted five touchbacks against the New York Jets.

Cundiff, who tied the NFL record for most touchbacks in a season last year (40), also set the Ravens’ all-time franchise record Sunday with his 64th career touchback in Baltimore, surpassing Matt Stover (60).

“Billy kicked a few of those touchbacks going from left to right in front of our bench, into the wind,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said. “It was kind of a little corner cross wind coming at us. Those were amazing kicks. The guy has just been phenomenal.”

Cundiff currently leads the NFL with 23 touchbacks this season. His numbers are up since the line of scrimmage for kickoffs was moved from the 30 to the 35-yard line this season.

One of Cundiff’s touchbacks was cracked so hard, it flew all the way out of the back of the end zone and landed in the stands. Cundiff said people have told him they expect that considering the rule change.

“That’s still a long distance,” he said with a smile. “People don’t realize it’s pretty tough to do. But I was feeling a lot of energy and a lot of good rhythm, so I hit it on the sweet spot.”

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