By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
5:39 PM EDT, October 23, 2012
Ravens rookie kicker Justin Tucker established a single-season franchise record with his third field goal of 50 yards or more, a 51-yard make Sunday at Reliant Stadium.
That kick in the first quarter didn't satisfy Tucker, though, considering that it happened during a 43-13 loss to the Houston Texans, the most lopsided defeat in the John Harbaugh era.
A former University of Texas standout, Tucker was born in Houston, grew up in Austin and had several family members and friends attending Sunday's game.
"Records are cool and everything, but, at the end of the day, all we care about is W's and L's," Tucker said. "It was pretty cool to get back in the Lonestar state and have a decent day. At the same time, you want to march out of the stadium victorious.
"No one around here is into moral victories. So, I know everyone will popping out of their skin ready to play after this bye week when we go to Cleveland."
Tucker has connected on 14 of 15 field goals since beating out former Pro Bowl kicker Billy Cundiff, who was subsequently signed and released by the Washington Redskins.
Tucker is tied for fifth in the NFL for scoring among kickers with 60 points, the same as St. Louis Rams rookie Greg Zuerlein. He has converted 93.3 percent of his field goals, including a game-winner against the New England Patriots, and made all 18 extra points.
"It's good to get off to a good start," Tucker said. "One thing we're all about is stacking good days. I feel like I'm hitting the ball well, but every day there's something I can get better at. You guys might not be able to see it, but we're always trying to make adjustments."
Tucker plans to head back to Texas for a few days during the bye week, but will mostly rest his leg.
"We'll try to rest as much as we can," Tucker said. "I know I'll probably kick one day back in Texas. I'll probably kick one day and keep the leg fresh."