MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — University of Minnesota kicker Emmitt Carpenter was one of the bright spots for the Gophers despite an overtime loss on Saturday at Penn State.

Carpenter was honored Monday with the Big Ten’s Special Teams Player of the Week Award. The sophomore kicker was 4-for-4 on field goals, including the go-ahead field goal late in the fourth quarter at Penn State. The Gophers lost the game 26-23 in overtime.

Carpenter made field goals of 35, 37, 37 and 46 yards. The 46-yard field goal was in overtime to give the Gophers a 23-20 lead before the Nittany Lions scored a touchdown to win the game.

A sophomore, Carpenter became the fifth player in Gophers history to convert at least four field goals in a road game and the first since 1997. It’s the first special teams honor for the Gophers since Ryan Santoso, now a punter, got the award two years ago.


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