A few hours after he kicked the game-winning field goal in Georgia's 20-17 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday, Georgia placekicker Brandon Coutu's emotions went from pure elation to frustration and disappointment.
The house where the senior lives with two other University of Georgia students in Athens was broken into and burglarized this weekend, resulting in thousands of dollars worth of items damaged and stolen.
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The break-in occurred sometime between 12:50 p.m. Friday and 11 p.m. Saturday, Athens-Clarke police said, when someone forced entry into the house on Davis Street by kicking in a back door.
The house was left ransacked, with several pieces of furniture turned over and broken, and items strewn throughout the house.
Among the items stolen were a flat-screen TV, a laptop computer, an iPod and three hunting rifles.
Finding his home vandalized and robbed by burglars was especially difficult to take, Coutu said, coming on the heels of one of his biggest moments as a Bulldog. In Saturday's game, Coutu kicked the first game-winning field goal of his collegiate career, converting a 37-yard kick as time expired.
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Some of his SEC Championship and bowl game gifts were taken, he said, and just about every piece of furniture in his room was broken.
However, he was relieved to find his 2005 SEC Championship ring and much of his personal memorabilia wasn't taken.
One of the toughest things Coutu will have to do is explain the break-in to his professors, he said. The burglars stole a bookbag containing several pieces of schoolwork.
His fricking homework!
I issue this call to Bulldog fans or, hell, law-abiding citizens in general: Find whoever did this so that we can beat him senseless at midfield during halftime of the Homecoming game against Troy in three weeks. And if the perp was, as Quinton McDawg surmised, a Vanderbilt fan, then I think that's grounds for NCAA sanctions. Plus we get to go back up to Nashville and jump on their logo some more.