MSU K Matt Coghlin receives Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors


Matt Coghlin makes a late field goal as MSU upsets No. 8 Northwestern 29-20 on Nov. 28, 2020/ Photo Credit: MSU Athletic Communications

Nathan Stearns, Sports Broadcast Director

EAST LANSING— As of Monday morning, two Michigan State football players have now received Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors in the 2021 season.

Kicker Matt Coghlin was named by the Big Ten as the Special Teams Player of the Week after making a 51-yard and 49-yard field goal in the Spartans’ 20-15 road win over Indiana. Previously, wide receiver/punt returner Jayden Reed received the honor on Sept. 27 after collecting 192 all-purpose yards against Nebraska, including a 62-yard punt return score late in the fourth quarter.

Coghlin’s 51-yarder midway through the third quarter gave MSU a narrow 10-9 lead over the Hoosiers. The kick, which tied a career long previously set last year against Michigan, was followed up with a 49-yarder in the fourth quarter that extended MSU’s lead to 20-15.

MSU kicker Matt Coghlin attempts a kick in the Spartans’ 38-27 loss to Rutgers on Oct. 24, 2020 / Photo Credit: Ian Gilmour/WDBM

Both kicks were the first makes that Coghlin has had from beyond 40 yards this season. It was also the third time in the past four games in which he had at least two successful field goal attempts and the 22nd overall time in his career.

He is currently third in the Big Ten with 10 field goal makes; Coghlin is 10-for-15 on the season to go along with 30 extra point makes in 30 attempts.

With his two field goals on Saturday, Coghlin now has 74 career makes, the best mark in school history as well as among all current FBS players. He is also second all-time in the Big Ten with 74 field goals, only trailing former Penn State kicker Kevin Kelly, who made 78 overall kicks from 2005-08.

Coghlin will get the chance to continue his recent string of success when the No. 9 Spartans square off against No. 6 Michigan on Oct. 30 in East Lansing.