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Commentary: Pennington played it straight-on
0310Loran Smith
Loran Smith
Today’s place kickers would consider those upright, square-toe-shoed, straight-on kickers of the past to be relics. Antiques. Like Durward Pennington, whose extra point in the 1959 Georgia-Auburn game enabled the Bulldogs to clinch the Southeastern Conference championship.A soccer-style kicker would view Pennington, who died on Tuesday of a heart attack while returning from Amelia Island to his home in Gainesville, with such amusement that they probably think his type should be honored by a history museum.There was more amusement with the way Pete Gogolak place kicked, however, for Cornell in 1961 when he kicked college football’s first soccer-style field goal.