In order to have a successful field goal attempt, a team must need a placekicker. Sounds simple, right? Wake Forest freshman kicker Nick Sciba completely forgot about that.
As the Demon Deacons lined up for a 38-yard field goal in the first quarter against No. 8 Notre Dame at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, only 10 players took the field. Holder Dom Maggio looked around, frantic and confused, but Sciba was nowhere to be found. He was stretching on the sideline before realizing it was already time to go in.
Luckily, Sciba figured it out, and there was enough time left on the play clock to get the kick off and maybe give the Wake Forest Demon Deacons an early 3-0 lead over a nationally-ranked power.
The result? Of course he hit it off the left upright. What else?
The whole sequence is pretty bizarre. When was the last time a college football kicker just forgot to run onto the field for a field goal? Have you ever seen a holder so confused as he searches for the kicker? Could there be a worse blunder for a freshman specialist to make?
A 5-foot-9, 185-pound kicker from Clover, South Carolina, Sciba was ranked the No. 7 kicker in the country by 247Sports. Saturday was just not his day at all.
Sciba went 2-for-4 on field goals in the 56-27 loss to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, including making a career-best 39-yard field goal early in the second quarter, and converted all three extra-point attempts.
In four games of his freshman campaign, Sciba is 8-for-11 on field goals while making all 15 extra-point attempts in games against Tulane, Towson, Boston College and Notre Dame.
There will plenty of time for Sciba to redeem himself throughout his career in the ACC, but for now, he will definitely be that guy who forgot to head onto the field with the rest of the special teams unit.