"Are you kidding me?"

That's how one of the announcers described the field goal — all 59-yards of it — that put the University of Calgary Dinos over the top in their Hardy Cup win against the UBC Thunderbirds on Saturday.

"It gave me the chills once again, and I still couldn't even believe it happened," Dinos second-year kicker Niko DiFonte told The Homestretch after hearing the reaction.

DiFonte's field goal with no time left on the clock put the game's final score at 44-43. 

"I knew I hit it well but I wasn't sure if it had the leg or not. It was a 59-yard field goal, I had never thought I would even attempt it in a game."

DiFonte said it topped his previous records of 49 yards in a game and 55 years in practice.

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University of Calgary Dinos kicker Niko DiFonte celebrates their victory over the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds following the USports Hardy Cup football game in Calgary, Saturday. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

"I still can't even believe it myself," he said.

"My family came down from Winnipeg to watch this game, and what a game to come watch. It was a nail biter. It was a great game. UBC really gave us a fight to the end and we just kind of got lucky there."

He said he learned it was a record, "when [teammate] Hunter Karl tossed me around like a rag doll."


With files from The Homestretch

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