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by Ivan Maisel

Cornell University Athletic Communications

#38
SIDE EFFECTS

Princeton, N.J. | Oct. 28, 1961

It wasn't that Cornell sophomore Pete Gogolak made a 41-yard field goal against Princeton. It was the way he made it. The Hungarian immigrant kicked the football from the side, soccer-style. In three seasons, Gogolak made 44 consecutive extra points but only 9 of 27 field-goal attempts. It didn't matter. Gogolak revolutionized place-kicking. Straight-on kickers, like milkmen and typewriter repairmen, became relics.