Mertens scores in first road game as out kicker
Conner Mertens came out as bisexual earlier this year and has had no negative reception in games at home or on the road.
The Willamette University Bearcats stunned the Linfield College Wildcats Saturday, 31-28, in one of the biggest upsets in college football this season. Linfield was ranked No. 5 in the nation in Div. III and hosted the game. It was the first loss for Linfield in the lat 42 regular season games, dating back to 2008. Willamette was 4-2 this season coming into the game.
Conner Mertens, the Willamette place kicker who came out publicly earlier this year, supplied the difference-making field goal late in the first half.
Mertens celebrated the big win on Twitter:
Linfield is 5th in the nation. We are unranked. A win in their house. 31...28....so surreal right now.— Merts (@ConnerMertens) November 1, 2014
Had a field goal and a tackle today even though the team did all the work, that 31-28 scoreline makes me look good #ItsAKickerThing— Merts (@ConnerMertens) November 1, 2014
Mertens scored seven points in the game, going 1-for-2 in field goal attempts and 4-for-4 for PATs. Mertens even recorded a tackle.