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By Kent Larsen

RM Moves On, But is Still Remembered for Kick

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA -- Back at the Air Force Academy after a two-year LDS mission, Dallas Thompson is well remembered, both at the Academy and at Notre Dame. Thompson is a Rhodes Scholar applicant who wants to start an international center to help abused children. But he is remembered for a single kick in a football game four years ago.

Actually, it was two kicks. On October 22, 1996, Thompson was a sophomore place kicker for the Air Force Falcons. In overtime, Thompson made a 22-yard field goal to put Air Force over 8th-ranked Notre Dame. After a delay-of-game penalty, Thompson made the kick again, the second time from 27 yards, to win the game for Air Force.

Thompson is somewhat reticent about his achievement. "It was just another football game," he says. "Yeah, it was a big win. But there are thousands of kickers across the nation who won big games and it's forgotten about a year or two later." However, opposing players remember it differently. Tight end Dan O'Leary says, "It crushed us. We had a chance to go to a great bowl game that year. We had a lot of talent on that team." The game was one of the last in highly-acclaimed Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz' final season, and contributed to a 8-3 record that left Notre Dame out of that year's bowl games.

Thompson is still surprised at all the attention that kick gets. When asked, he has to admit that he lost his place kicking ability on his mission, although he still plays for Air Force as a punder and is ranked 29th in the nation.

Saturday, Air Force faced Notre Dame again, losing by three points in overtime. But, history almost repeated itself during the game. In the final seconds of regulation time, Air Force made a field goal attempt that would have won the game. Notre Dame blocked the kick of current place kicker Dave Adams.


Air Force cadet doesn't want to be remembered for game-winning field goal
Detroit MI News (AP) 28Oct00 S2
By Tom Coyne: Associated Press Writer


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