Pace Honored by Lou Groza Award
Kicked named one of award's "Stars of the Week"
October 4, 2004

Brandon Pace of Virginia Tech, Brian Huffman of Northwestern and Stephen Gostkowski of Memphis make up this week's Lou Groza Award Stars of the Week, as announced Monday.

Revenge is sweet and nobody knows better than Pace of Virginia Tech. Pace's four field goals from 30, 46, 29 and 35 yards led the Hokies to a 19-13 victory over No. 6 West Virginia and erased the memory of last year's 28-7 loss which ended the Hokies' national championship hopes. Tech's win on Saturday ended the Mountaineers 11-game regular season win streak and spoiled any hopes of an undefeated season.

After a slow start this season, Huffman of Northwestern was perfect on Saturday night in the Wildcats' 33-27 overtime victory against No. 7 Ohio State. Huffman's 40- and 41-yard field goals helped end a 24-game losing streak to OSU that spanned 33 years. The Wildcats were also named the FedEx Orange Bowl's Team of the Week.

After week six, Gostkowski of Memphis continues to be one of the best place-kickers in the nation. In the Tigers' 41-14 win over Houston, Gostkowski had two field goals from 47 and 30 yards. On the season, the Tigers credit Gostkowski with 54 points - second most in the nation.

The Palm Beach County Sports Commission will host the 13th annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the FedEx Orange Bowl, on Tuesday Dec. 7, at the West Palm Beach Marriott. This is an event of the Palm Beach County Sports Institute.

All Division I-A kickers are eligible for the Award named for NFL Hall-of-Fame Kicker Lou "The Toe" Groza. Voters for the Award include Division I-A head coaches, sports writers and sportscasters, conference representatives, professional kickers, and previous Groza Award finalists.