Grant KauvarCommunications Student Assistant
Cole Tracy came trotting out for a field goal at Auburn, and his sister, Lauren, was sweating bullets. She watched on with friends and family from their California home in Camarillo, just outside of Los Angeles.
After starting out his LSU kicking career five-for-five, including a LSU record-tying 54-yarder in Week 1 against Miami, Tracy missed his first kick as a Tiger in the first quarter against Auburn.
Lauren was unsure of how her brother would respond, and as he came back out in the second quarter for a 33-yard field goal attempt, she says, “That was the most nervous I’ve ever been. It is the ability to come back which makes you.”
He drilled it to split the uprights, putting No. 12 LSU ahead of seventh-ranked Auburn, 10-0.
After Auburn put up 21 unanswered points, it was Cole’s 27-yarder to cap off a 13-play LSU drive in the third quarter that put the Tigers back in gear. Joe Burrow found Derrick Dillon for a 71-yard TD strike to keep LSU moving in the right direction, but a failed 2-point conversion left the Tigers still trailing Auburn 21-19. LSU got the ball back with 5:38 left to play, driving towards the North end zone.
Back in California, Lauren and her parents, Ken and Pam, had a feeling that the battle of Tigers could come down to a kick from Cole.
Cole arrived to Baton Rouge from California by way of Worcester, Mass. After redshirting his freshman year at DII Assumption College in Worcester, Tracy set seven school records and went 68-of-84 over the next three years, winning the Fred Mitchell Award in 2017, which goes to the top DII, DIII, FCS, NAIA or NJCAA kicker in the nation.
Faced with a similar situation as a freshman at Assumption, right as the offense took control on the final drive, Cole …