NASHVILLE --- Tiger kicker Lane Clark has been honored as the STATS FCS National Special Teams Player of the Week after a record setting day.
The Hays, Kan. product helped Tennessee State to a 34-30 victory over UT Martin at Hale Stadium on Saturday by setting a new school record. Not once, but twice.
Clark kicked a 54-yard field goal into the wind with 9:32 remaining in the second quarter to snap a 17 year old record. The junior eclipsed the 53-yard distance set in 1999 by Seth Goodowens (9/10/99). The kick also matched the longest kick in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision this season, accomplished by Taylor Hintze of Weber State against UC Davis (9/24).
The make also bettered his personal best of 50 yards, set last year during TSUs homecoming game versus Eastern Illinois at Nissan Stadium.
Clark did not wait as long to break his new found record as he booted a 2016 NCAA-best 57-yarder with 7:27 to play. The kick is the longest at any level of NCAA football this season (FBS, FCS, Division II, Division III) and the longest in the OVC over the past 15 years.
The third-year Tiger surpassed Rigoberto Sanchez of Hawai’i and Elliot Fry from South Carolina who each hit from 55 yards earlier this season.
Clark has converted on a 47-yarder in the season opener versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff and from 44 yards out at Bethune-Cookman.
Clark was named the adidas Ohio Valley Conference Specialist of the Week one day earlier.