It may have been just another day at the office for Zane Gonzalez, but the kicker’s four field goals in the Arizona State Sun Devils victory over the Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners earned the senior one of the Lou Groza ‘Star of the Week” awards on Monday.
The award, typically given to a few kickers each week, is decided on by a committee at the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. Texas A&M’s Daniel LaCamera (5-for-5 in win at Auburn) and Troy’s Ryan Kay (3-for-4 in win at Southern Miss) were the other recipients in week three.
Gonzalez came through time and again for Arizona State on Friday night in San Antonio, hitting a pair of field goals from 54 yards and one from 40 at the start of the fourth quarter that cut his team’s deficit to just 10 points.
He was also 2-for-2 on extra point attempts, including one that pushed the Sun Devil lead to 32-28 with just 3:15 remaining in the game. That kick ensured UTSA would need a touchdown on its final drive to pull a big upset against the visitors from Tempe, a touchdown that would never come.
Gonzalez’s performance against the Roadrunners earned him a share of the school record for career made field goals (81) with Luis Zendejas, while also putting him on top of the all-time Pac-12 points list.
In addition to the Groza recognition, Gonzalez was also named the Pac-12’s ‘Special Teams Player of the Week” on Monday. He is the first Arizona State player to earn that honor since teammate Tim White did so a year ago following his 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in a game at Utah.