What Is The Longest Field Goal Kicked In College Football?
What is the longest field goal in college?
The longest field goal made in college football history, which is also the longest field goal made in organized football, is 69 yards long. The kick was made by Abilene Christian University's kicker, Ove Johansson in October 16th, 1976; during the first half of ACU's homecoming game against East Texas State University. Curiously, the previous record belonged to Texas A&M; kicker Tony Franklin, who only a few hours earlier in the same October 16, 1976, made a 65-yard kick against Baylor University.
However, Ove Johansson's field goal does not appear in many "longest field goal made" lists. That is because at the time Abilene Christian University was a member of the NAIA, while the NCAA is the main College Football athletic association. The NCAA longest field goal made record belongs to three different players, who all in the same season made 67-yard long field goals.
Ove Johansson's story
Ove Johansson was from Sweden and came to America to play semi-pro soccer in Dallas, Texas. In Dallas he met and fell in love with a girl, who was heading to Abilene Christian University. Desperately in love, Ove was determined to follow her to college, even though he did not have the money to pay for it. The solution he found was simple, use his soccer skills to get a football scholarship. Ove Johansson practiced field goal attempts for half a year, impressed the football staff with his leg power and accuracy, and got the desired scholarship.
The same season of his record-breaking kick, Ove Johansson seriously injured his knee. His lone season at ACU was enough to get him drafted to the NFL, however, his knee never fully healed, and Ove Johansson ended up having a short-lived NFL career, far from the player he showed he could be. Ove is still married to the girl he followed to ACU.