Edgar Castaneda's family can breathe a little easier now.
With one swing of his right leg, the Alameda High product and Sacramento State walk-on kicker delivered a 30-28 upset of Colorado on Saturday and earned himself a scholarship.
"I was really, really excited for that moment," Castaneda said Sunday in a phone interview. "My family is working really hard for me to be able to come here. It'll be a lot better for my family. They're not going to worry about where to get the money."
Castaneda was 3 for 3 on field goals for the day, but his 30-yarder as time expired will be remembered for a long time in Sacramento. It's the second straight year the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) school has knocked off a Pac-12 opponent. The Hornets upset Oregon State last year.
Sacramento State coach Marshall Sperbeck made the scholarship offer to Castaneda in the locker room after the game.
Castaneda spent two years at City College of San Francisco after graduating from Alameda. He helped the Rams to the JC national title in 2011, leading the team with 93 points.
There was an opportunity to walk on at Hawaii, but the out of state tuition was too expensive.
"I wanted to stay local," Castaneda said. "I ended up at Sacramento State. I thank the coaches for giving me the chance."
Castaneda stayed calm on the sidelines as the Hornets drove into field goal range. The game-winning drive started with Sacramento State taking possession at its own 15-yard line with 2:26 to play.
The Hornets drove 72 yards to the Colorado 13 and took a time out with 1 second left to put Castaneda in position to decide the game. He had already made kicks of 28 and 31 yards.
"I was just ready," Castaneda said. "I was preparing myself mentally. I went out there, took a deep breath and prepared myself for that moment."
When the kick sailed through, it was delirium for the Hornets.
"It was just the greatest feeling ever," Castaneda said.
His phone with greeted by about 20 text messages and 10 to 15 phone calls. The first person he called back was his brother Martin, who also kicked for Alameda and for a season at CCSF.
Castaneda figures to learn the details of switching from a walk-on to scholarship athlete on Monday. He's grateful for that and knows that he'll always have a memory to cherish.
"That moment, I'll always remember for the rest my life," he said. "It's great that I had the opportunity to kick a game-winning field goal."
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