CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – After matching a Bucknell football record with four field goals at Cornell on Saturday, John Burdick was named the Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday afternoon.
Burdick, who also garnered STATS FCS Special Teams Player of the Week honorable mention accolades, went 4-for-4 on his field-goal attempts and 2-for-2 on his extra-point bids to account for 14 of the Bison's points in their 26-18 victory over the Big Red.
Burdick matched Steve Barimo's school record, which was set on Nov. 4, 1989 in a 54-33 victory over Lafayette. He also became the first Bison kicker to make three field goals in a single game since Ryan Korn did so in a 19-16 loss to Georgetown on Sept. 3, 2005.
Burdick's 4-for-4 effort helped vault him into the FCS's top 25 in both field goals per game (t-12th, 1.33) and field goal percentage (t-21st, .800). He is the Patriot League leader in field goal percentage and also ranks first among league kickers in points per game (5.7).
This is Burdick's second Patriot League weekly award. He was previously honored on Sept. 25 after booting a career-best 46-yard field goal as time expired to lift Bucknell past Sacred Heart, 34-31. In that game, he went 2-for-2 on his field-goal attempts and 4-for-4 on his extra-point bids, racking up a then career-high 10 points in the process.
Burdick and the Bison resume Patriot League play on Saturday by traveling to Lafayette for a 3:30 p.m. game.