The Longest Field Goal in College Football History

You've likely never heard of Ove Johansson. The kicker played at Abilene Christian back in the 1970s when the Wildcats were still a NAIA school. 

He still owns the longest field goal in college football history, a 69-yard booming kick that was good for three points against East Texas State on October 16, 1976.

That's right, the longest field goal in college football history: 69 yards. Nice!

According to the NCAA, the wind was blowing hard that day in Abilene, Texas. I'm talking 17 MPH type stuff. Officials recalled that the kick would've been good from 75 yards.

I gotta say, it's pretty odd watching a kicker take his place on the opposite side of the 50-yard line.

Johannson hit his from his own 41-yard line. After the ball sailed majestically through the gusty air and over the crossbar, he and his teammates went wild. They knew he just made history.

"It was exciting to get on that field knowing if I make this field goal then I will do something that no one has ever done in the sport," Johansson recalled of that football game to

"One of the refs got kind of upset because he had to walk all the way down there (to retrieve the ball).

"Incredibly, Johannson had only kicked four field goals in his collegiate career prior to that moment.

He went on to become the first Swedish-born player to play in the NFL. He made just one of four career field goal attempts with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Still, his booming kick was better than any touchdown in that game. And at 72, he can still say he's the record holder.


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