HAMMOND, La. — Fifteen different players shared the University of Central Arkansas school record for most field goals in a game before Saturday.
Eddie Carmona finally moved ahead, booting field goals of 33, 34, 40 and 36 yards in the Bears’ 25-21 loss to Southeastern Louisiana.
Carmona has also shattered Curtis Burrow’s school record of nine straight field goals. The streak now stands at 13.
"It’s not that I really felt anything special today," he said. "It is my job to make them."
GRIMES: By scoring a touchdown Saturday, UCA tailback Brent Grimes tied Kentrel Rogers for the school career record in touchdowns with 53.
NAIL-BITERS: The Bears and the Lions are developing quite a rivalry. In 2007 here at Strawberry Stadium, the Bears came from behind in the fourth quarter to pull out a last-second, 37-33 victory. Last year in Conway, the Lions scored three second-half touchdowns and were driving in the final minute when UCA’s Vance Fizer knocked away a pass in the end zone to preserve a 28-21 victory. Every game in the series has been decided in the last minute.
LOGJAM: Four teams in the Southland (Southeastern, McNeese State, Texas State and Stephen F. Austin) are tied for the top with one loss at the midway point of the season. "SFA’s loss changed the whole thing," Southeastern Louisiana coach Mike Lucas said. "That’s exciting."
NUMBERS: The game was one of UCA’s longest of the year, taking 2 hours, 58 minutes. The crowd was announced at 4,261. UCA punter Jonathan Beard had two punts of better than 60 yards — 66 and 73, both with the wind.
HART: UCA defensive end Larry Hart blocked a field goal but did not have a sack.
"I challenged Kevin Hughes (the tackle most often playing against Hart)," Lucas said. "I told him this guy was going to get a lot of looks by NFL scouts and will have a chance to play in the NFL next year. I told him it was a chance to get noticed going into his senior year next year."
PERFECT: The Lions are 4-0 on their home turf this season.
"One of my goals when I took over this program is to make Strawberry Stadium as tough a place as possible to come in and win," he said. "To build a program, you’ve got to be able to win most of your home games."