Dabo Swinney tells Chandler Catanzaro 'a new streak starts now'

Catanzaro's miss from 48 yards against Wake Forest snapped school-record 20 field goal streak

Chandler Catanzaro

Chandler Catanzaro

Dabo Swinney had a word for Chandler Catanzaro when he walked off the field after pushing his 48-yard field goal attempt just wide of the left upright against Wake Forest.

"I told him, 'a new streak starts now,'" said Swinney.

Swinney said Catanzaro was "extremely disappointed" after the miss, which snapped his school-record streak of 20 consecutive field goals made.

"He's just been incredible," Swinney said. "What a run he had. And he's still got a lot of ball left - we'll have him back again next year. He's certainly capable of starting a new streak."

After struggling as a freshman walk-on, Catanzaro emerged last season as one of the nation's most consistent kickers. He finished his sophomore season with a string of eight straight field goals, beginning with a 43-yarder on the final play of the game in last year's Wake Forest game - a kick that clinched the 2011 ACC Atlantic Division title for the Tigers.

His streak of 20 smashed the old school record of 14 set by Obed Ariri in 1980. Seven of his 20 field goals came from 40 yards or more, including a career-best 50-yarder against Florida State that broke Ariri's record.

Catanzaro is now 18-of-25 on attempts from at least 40 yards. His 18 40-plus yarders ranks second in school history only to Chris Gardocki, who was 23-of-39 from long distance.

Catanzaro's streak stands as the fourth longest in ACC history behind N.C. State's Marc Primanti (27), Virginia Tech's Brandon Pace (22), and Virginia Tech's Chris Hazley (21).

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