Edgar Castaneda was probably planning to find a job to work his way through college.
It turns out his placekicking hobby may just do the trick.
Castaneda, a walk-on for Sacramento State, drilled a 30-yard field goal on Saturday as time expired to send the Hornets past Colorado 30-28 — a FCS-level school beating a Division I Pac-12 team.
The win gave Sacramento State $460,000 thanks to the revenue sharing from the matchup, and Sacramento State coach Marshall Sperbeck and the powers that be soon turned that into a little reward to Castaneda for his kicking prowess.
The Athletic Department announced after the game via Twitter that Castaneda, who helped City College of San Francisco to the junior college national championship last year before walking on with Sacramento State this season, would be given a full-ride scholarship.
Walk-on kick Edgar Castaneda, who hit the game-winning FG, isn’t a walk-on anymore! Coach Sperbeck game him a scholarship after the game!
— Hornet Athletics (@hornetsports) September 8, 2012
The Hornets were jubilant after the game thanks to Castaneda being cool under pressure.
“I was relaxed. It was just another kick,” Castaneda said, according to The Associated Press. “I was calm.”
Here’s guessing he was a little more excited after the game when Sperbeck announced he wouldn’t have to pay for school anymore.
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Red Sox fan, we salute you.
“We had a lot of stuff happen around Denver in the last year, and we just want to bring some happiness and joy — and hopefully some wins — back to Colorado this season.”
– Broncos linebacker Von Miller, on Denver players wearing decals on their helmets to remember the victims of this year’s shooting and wildfires
Every time this guy starts for the Skeeters, Red Sox fans start getting ideas. Rocket time?
— Ronald Klepadlo (@ronaldklepadlo) September 9, 2012
In baseball parlance, that’s “safe.” In umpire-speak? Well, you’ll have to watch it to see.