Paul Rogers, Rich Sanger and Tom Sieler did it well for national championship teams. Dale Klein booted seven field goals in a 1985 victory over Missouri. But Kris Brown, hands down, was the most prolific Husker place-kicker of the 20th century.
Brown excelled for four years — and on national title teams in 1995 and 1997. He had 57 field goals and 388 total points. A model of consistency, he kicked 17 field goals without a miss between Sept. 20, 1997, and Sept. 12, 1998. He converted 125 consecutive point-after kicks from Nov. 16, 1996, to Nov. 14, 1998.
Nebraska’s offensive machine didn’t miss a beat in Brown’s freshman year. He was 13 of 16 on field goals in a 97-point season for the repeat national champs.
Brown had a huge junior season in 1997, helping the Huskers to a share of the national title. He hit 18 of 21 field goals and all 62 PATs for 116 points.
A seventh-round draft choice by Pittsburgh, Brown played his first three NFL seasons for the Steelers, exceeding 100 points each year. He kicked in two playoff games for the 2001 Steelers, the only postseason action of his career.
As a free agent, Brown was the first place-kicker for the expansion Texans in 2002. He played eight years in Houston, reaching 100 points in four of his last five seasons there. Brown kicked 256 field goals in scoring 1,123 points and had a career field goal percentage of .773.
His younger brother Drew Brown joined Nebraska as a place-kicker in 2014.
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