Starr named Big Ten Special Teams POW (again)

No surprise here.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana kicker Austin Starr has been named the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week for his role in Indiana’ 27-24 victory ver Purdue on Saturday, the league office announced Monday morning. It is Starr’s second weekly honor this season and the fifth weekly honor overall this year for the Hoosiers. He became the first player in school history to win special teams honors twice in a season or in a career. Starr gave the Hoosiers their first victory in the Old Oaken Bucket Game since 2001 when he connected on the game-winning field goal from 49 yards out with 30 seconds remaining. The kick gave Indiana a 27-24 victory and sent the crowd of 50,741 fans ­ the first sellout at Memorial Stadium for the Bucket Game since 1989 ­ into a frenzy. Starr also added a 42-yarder in the second quarter and hit all three of his extra-point attempts.

The Logansport, Ind., native matched his career long, picked up the third game-winning kick of his career and his first of the season. He finished the game hitting two field goals to set a new school record with his 19th field goal of the season, topping former NFL great Pete Stoyanovich’s 17 in 1988. He also extended his school record by making his 15th attempt in a row in the first half before missing a 42-yarder in the fourth quarter.

Starr tied Stoyanovich’s record for single-season extra points with his 45th of the year. He finished the season a perfect 45-for-45, as Stoyanovich did back in 1988. Starr also moved up the single-season points list, finishing the regular season with 102, good for fourth place. He has hit 19-of-21 field goals this regular season (a school record 90.5 percent) and has nailed 10-of-11 from 40-plus yards (90.9).