Big Leg Joe Collects Another SEC Award

Joseph Bulovas connected on a 31-yard field goal as time expired to defeat UConn

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — After making his second game-winning field goal of the season, Vanderbilt kicker Joseph Bulovas has won his second SEC Special Teams Player of the Week award.

Bulovas collected the honor from the SEC this week after making a 31-yard field goal as time expired to defeat UConn 30-28. The graduate student was 3-for-3 in field goals in the game, connecting from 39, 27 and 31 yards, respectively. He also was 3-for-3 on point-after attempts.

It marked the first walk-off field goal for Vanderbilt since 1996 against Duke. Bulovas also became the first Vandy kicker to make at least three field goals in a game since Tommy Openshaw against Auburn on Nov. 5, 2016.

The Mandeville, Louisiana, native earned SEC Player of the Week honors following Vanderbilt’s Sept. 11 win over Colorado State. Bulovas drilled a 38-yard field goal with 17 seconds remaining to give head coach Clark Lea’s team its first win.

The Commodores (2-3, 0-1) return to action Saturday at No. 20 Florida. Kickoff is at 11 a.m. CT on SEC Network.