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WATCH: James McCourt ties school record with 57-yard FG

Illinois gets on the board first courtesy of McCourt’s impressive boot.

Brad Repplinger

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — James McCourt kicked off the final non-conference game of the year by drilling a school record 57-yard field goal. Also, good for the longest field goal in the country this year.

The last time Illini to hit a 57-yarder? Dan Beaver against Purdue back in 1975.

McCourt nailed a 53-yard field goal against UCONN last weekend, so it was only a matter of time before he upped his career long.

And if that wasn’t enough, these two field goals make McCourt the only kicker in the nation with two 50+ field goals made.