I'll Make Uwe Famous: 'The Kick' Could Be Called 'The Hold'

Logan RogersCorrespondent INovember 4, 2009

     "Block that kick", the chant rose from the then record 88,000 Buckeye home crowd. 

     Uwe von Schamann, the Sooner's German born kicker walked onto the field and joined in the chant, swinging his arm's back and forth, as if orchestrating. 

     Then he ran up to his placement holder Bud Hebert and said,"Hey, the dreams gonna come true,".

     Prior to the contest, Hebert told his road roommate that he had a dream that a field goal would win that September day. It looked as though he may be right.

     Barry knelt down.

     Woody looked on.

     As the Sooner nation held it's collective breath, history was made.

     We call it 'The kick'.

     Ask von Schamann what he calls it, he would say, 'The Hold'. Atleast when Bud Hebert is around.

     Hebert was a multi-sport high school star in south Texas in the mid 1970's, winning the state high jump championship as a junior. OU came to recruit him when Sooner star Joe Washington's father, a coach at nearby Port Arthur, told Sooner coach Barry Switzer about the speedy wide reciever/defensive back.

     UT and LSU were recruiting Hebert hard but niether coach was willing to let him play baseball. Switzer said that he would. "So that kind of helped my decision, because I wanted to play baseball and I liked (OU baseball coach) Enos Semore."

     So Bud became the first two way player in over ten years to commit to OU, and was a part of what Barry calls his best recruiting class ever. 

     After spending his first year on the offensive side, Hebert realized his best bet was to switch to defensive back. Most wide outs for Switzer didn't get to touch the ball much in that potent wishbone.

     In the 76 season Bud began placing kicks, which came natural to him because of his sure hands.

     Those hands figured into another area that brought Hebert into the spotlight.

     Against the hated Longhorns.

     It was Oct. 9, 1976, and the Sooners had just scored a touchdown to knot the game 6-6 in the final minutes. As the kicking team took the field for the game winning extra point, it seemed a win was in the bag.

     But what should have been a formality turned sour as the snap sailed high, resulting in a tie, Barry's 'Beat Texas' hat was worn in vain.

     "Being from Texas, there was nothing I wanted more than to beat those guy's 7-6, said Hebert. "But the snap was so hard and so fast, I wound up picking it up at the 35. It's funny now that people say, 'to bad you dropped that snap', but I never got a hand on it".

     He would get a chance to make it right, and he would capitalize.

     The very next year in Columbus, Ohio.

     "I didn't really think anything of it because we were so confident that the snap and the kick would be good," Bud said of that magical play. "But going back and looking at the replay, they were very close to blocking it."

     The snap from specialist Mark Lucky was perfect, Hebert's hold was steady and von Shamann sent it straight down the pipes, and with it sent himself into Soooner lore.

     "I kid Uwe that I made him famous," Hebert said. "We've renamed it. It's no longer 'The Kick' it's 'The Hold'. Anybody could have kicked it. It takes someone special to hold it."

     You wont find Bud Hebert's name on the list of All-Americans at Oklahoma, but there is no doubt that he played a major role in this historic moment of Sooner football, and he still has a tremendous impact on the program 30 years later.

     Thanks number 33. As far as I'm concerned, that play made in 'The Shoe' on September 24, 1977, that perfect day for a football game, when Sooner magic once again sprang to life, will always be remembered as 'The Hold'.