Posted by Coleman Swierc
Boerne, Texas (KENS-TV) - Boerne residents Sid and Karen Lawrence flew to Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon, less than 24 hours after watching Texas earn a coveted berth in college football's biggest game with a thrilling 13-12 victory over Nebraska for the Big 12 championship.
Vegas was fun and the Brooks & Dunn concert was a treat, the Lawrences said Wednesday, but "it didn't measure up to what happened Saturday night."
Then again, anything would have paled in comparison to watching their only son, Hunter, kick the Longhorns into the BCS title game with a 46-yard field goal on the final play against the Cornhuskers.
Hunter Lawrence, a San Antonio native and 2006 Boerne High School graduate, ensured himself a place in UT lore and moved the Longhorns closer to their second national championship in five seasons with the kick.
UT (13-0) plays Alabama (13-0) on Jan. 7 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
Sid and Karen Lawrence, both UT graduates, started getting phone calls, text messages and e-mails as soon as their son's kick sailed between the uprights at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
"It's been incredible for us," said Sid, an attorney. "I've heard from people I haven't seen in years, including some I went to high school with. I got numerous texts from clients. One from out of state asked me if they're going to name a street after Hunter. It's been really awesome."
Karen said her son always dreamed of kicking a game-winning field goal.
"The kick that he made was more than we ever could have expected," she said. "I was just nervous for him before he kicked it. My Dad (Rex Marchbanks) told me everything would be all right if Hunter didn't make it, but I told him it wouldn't be OK with Hunter. I knew he could do it."
Hunter almost didn't get a chance to kick the game-winner. Nebraska started to celebrate after Colt McCoy threw a pass out of bounds on what appeared to be the last play, but game officials added a second to the clock after checking the replay and concluding the ball hit a railing in the stands before time expired.
"It got pretty nerve-wracking," Sid said.
Nikki Lawrence, Hunter's only sibling, couldn't bear to watch.
"She put her head between her knees," Sid said. "I knew he could do it. Then it happened and I kind of went crazy."
Sid's mother, Jenell Lawrence, who lives in San Antonio, also watched the game with her son and daughter-in-law.
Hunter's family didn't get to visit with him after the game because fans were not allowed near the UT locker room.
"He called me from the team bus as they were going to the airport," Sid said. "I told him he had done well, that he showed what he could do on the field. I've always told him that it's always better to let your playing do your talking."
Sid said he and his wife will see Hunter at the Longhorns' awards banquet Friday night in Austin.
"I talked to him on the phone when we were in Las Vegas," Karen said.
Hunter was born in San Antonio and attended Hidden Forest Elementary School in the North East ISD for most of his kindergarten year before his family moved to Boerne.
Nikki is a schoolteacher in Fort Worth.
Sid and Karen, who have missed only one UT game during their son's career, plan to be at the BCS title game.
In the it's-a-small-world department, Sid and Karen both grew up in Corpus Christi, my hometown, and graduated from Carroll and Ray, respectively, in 1976. I graduated from Miller in 1973, but I distinctly remember reading about a Carroll football standout named Sid Lawrence several times in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times while I attended Texas A&I.
Years later, I wrote about Hunter Lawrence when he played at Boerne and have followed his career at UT. But it wasn't until I read his bio in the Longhorns' media guide this week that I discovered his father is named Sid. The bio also notes Dad played football at SMU.
When we spoke for the first time Wednesday, I wasted no time in asking Sid if he's the Sid Lawrence who played for the Carroll Tigers in the mid-1970s. He is.