Former Rice kicker Chris Boswell added to a record-setting first year in the NFL on Saturday night by becoming the first rookie or first-year kicker to score four field goals in playoff game in NFL history according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Boswell converted all four attempts at Cincinnati, the last coming with 18 seconds left to give Pittsburgh a 18-16 win over the Bengals and allow the Steelers to advance to face Denver in the second round. Boswell also set a record for Rice players with his 12 points in a playoff game. Four other Owls had scored a touchdown in a postseason game, the most recent was Luke Willson who scored last year for Seattle against Carolina.
Boswell’s 12 points also matched the most points by an Owl in postseason career. Tobin Rote scored one touchdown in each of the NFL and AFL playoffs. Willson has scored a total of eight points in postseason, thanks to a touchdown and a two point conversion last year for Seattle.
Earl Cooper and Darryl Grant are the other Owls to have scored NFL postseason touchdowns. Cooper’s touchdown came on an 11-yard pass from Joe Montana against the Bengals in Super Bowl XVI in 19, which was the first career Super Bowl touchdown pass for Montana. Grant returned an interception for 11 yards vs. Dallas in 1982.
After joining the Steelers in October, Boswell set Pittsburgh records for first year players in both field goals (29) and points (113) in the regular season in addition to his NFL postseason record.