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November 7, 2005After making two long field-goals and five PATs against Missouri on Saturday, Mason Crosby moved into third place on the Colorado all-time scoring list. The junior place kicker nailed kicks from 56 yards and 43 yards. The 56-yarder was the fifth longest in school history and his 10th career make from beyond 50 yards.
The Big 12 honored Crosby for the second week in a row, naming him the SBC Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week.
It is the fourth time this season that Crosby has earned such honors and the seventh time in his collegiate career.
"Mason is a terrific player, a great weapon in so many different ways as much psychologically as anything else with our team," head coach Gary Barnett said on Monday morning. "So I am happy he is able to garner this award."
Crosby did miss a field-goal against the Tigers. Did it surprise his coach?
"Yeah, I think the one [he missed] the other day was only 48 [yards]," Barnett joked. "As our players said, he missed a chip shot. So yeah, it is unusual to see him miss one. But doesn't miss very many."
Crosby continues to position himself as the front runner for the Lou Groza Award, which is given to the nation's top kicker each year. Ohio State's Mike Nugent won the award in 2004.
The list of candidates will be shortened to 20 semifinalists and then three finalists later this month. The Lou Groza Award winner is announced on Tuesday, December 6th in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
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