Matt Coghlin Named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week
Coghlin hit game-winning 34-yard field goal as time expired to defeat No. 7 Penn State.
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State redshirt freshman kicker Matt Coghlin has been named the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after delivering the game-winning field goal as time expired to defeat No. 7 Penn State, 27-24. Coghlin connected on a 34-yard field goal on the last play of regulation to give the Spartans a dramatic victory over the Nittany Lions and push MSU into a tie for first place in the Big Ten East Division.
Coghlin also hit a 32-yard field goal with 10:56 left in the game to tie the game at 24. In addition, he was 3-for-3 in point-after attempts.
The Cincinnati, Ohio, native is 9-for-13 on field-goal attempts in his first season as the starting placekicker.
Coghlin is the first Spartan to be named the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week since Michael Geiger in 2015. Geiger also hit a game-winning field goal on the last play of the game, a 41-yarder, to sink No. 2 Ohio State in Columbus, 17-14, on Nov. 21, 2015.
No. 13/16 Michigan State (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten) returns to action Saturday, Nov. 11 at noon to face No. 11/11 Ohio State (7-2, 5-1) in Columbus, Ohio. The game will be televised on FOX.