After winking at Joseph Ossai and hammering his way into Texas-Oklahoma history, Cameron Dicker has been up and down as the Longhorns kicker.
Dicker nailed the 40-yard game winner last season with nine seconds left to beat OU in the Cotton Bowl. That magical moment sent him into another stratosphere.
“It’s crazy having all the fans, half the stadium hating you, half the stadium loving you,” Dicker said Tuesday. “At the same time, everybody’s yelling Texas fight on the Texas side. Everybody on the OU side is yelling Texas sucks. And so having all that just come at you, it’s pretty cool.”
Dicker was 11 for 15 on his field goal attempts the rest of the season after the OU win. He did connect from 37 and 30 yards against Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.
This season, Dicker is 4 for 6 with most of his attempts coming in the 42-47 yard range. He drilled a career-long 57-yarder against Rice at NRG Stadium in perfect indoor conditions. Dicker missed a 42-yarder Saturday into the wind at West Virginia.
It’s well known coach Tom Herman hates short field goals. He’d prefer to roll the dice on fourth down, all things being equal. The Horns are 3 for 7 on fourth-down conversions this season. Two of those misses came in the first quarter against LSU on consecutive possessions.
“You put a lot of trust in him. He puts a lot of trust in us, too,” left tackle Sam Cosmi said. “He’s very reliable. It just depends on the situation.”
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