After Rafael Gaglianone made kick after kick while wearing his new number in honor of late Nebraska punter Sam Foltz, the Wisconsin kicker recalled how special the moment felt when his game-winning field goal proved to be the difference in an upset win against No. 5 LSU.
“I felt like he was out there with me when I was making those kicks, and he was kind of helping guide the ball through,” Gaglianone said during an ESPN interview on Sunday.
"I felt like he was out there with me."
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Gaglianone changed his number from No. 10 to No. 27 before the season to honor Foltz. In his first game wearing No. 27, Gaglianone was 3-for-3 on kicks, making 30- and 48-yard field goals in the second quarter before making the decisive 47-yard field goal with 3:47 left in the game.
“He was just an amazing guy,” Gaglianone said. “I feel blessed to get to know him and be around him for the days that I was. It was a special moment. It was truly special to be able to honor his family and kind of carry on his legacy.”