MISSOULA, Mont. - The Grizzlies' contest against Oklahoma Panhandle State over the weekend was the blowout that most people were expecting; Montana rolled to a 47-14 clobbering of the Aggies. Lots of young Grizzly players saw extended action for the first time in their college career, perhaps most notably true freshman Ben Worst, a kicker from Twin Falls, Idaho.
Worst not only saw his first collegiate play time, but Worst may have solidified himself as a starter for the rest of the season. His efforts from Saturday's game landed him the honor this week of Root Sports Special Teams Player of the Week for the Big Sky Conference.
His first field goal attempt came in the first quarter when he nailed a 50-yarder with room to spare for his first college field goal. That kick is tied as the longest field goal in the Big Sky this year, it's also the 6th longest ever made in Griz football history.
"I was really nervous to be honest," admitted Worst about the moments before attempting his first field goal try in a college game. "I was freaking out a little bit but once I got out there I told myself I've done this a million times before and just doing what I do every time. Once I got the first couple under my belt I just wanted to keep going out there and keep getting more hits on the ball. It was nice; It was a lot of fun."
"That's an outstanding job by any kicker, let alone a freshman in his first college game," exclaimed head coach Mick Delaney after the game. "Ben has been hanging in there competing and just kind of waiting to see which one of our kickers would take hold of that job and take it over and I really feel that Ben as a true freshman went out and just did an excellent job, I'm very very proud of him."
Worst went on to also make two more kicks of over 40 yards in the game, putting him at three for three kicking on the day.