NORMAN — What started out as boredom killing evolved into a dream for Patrick O’Hara. And as a result, Oklahoma may have uncovered an answer at place-kicker in the unlikeliest of places. It all began eight months ago, on the Topeka, Kan., campus of Washburn University. O’Hara and his twin brother Steven, both freshman students at Washburn, decided to kill a spring afternoon by kicking footballs. Neither had ever played football. In fact, neither had even kicked a football before. But as former high school soccer players, both enjoyed kicking things. So the brothers rounded up a couple of old footballs and headed to the field. First they kicked short field goals. Then 40-yarders. Then 50-yarders. "We were crushing the ball,” O’Hara recalled. It didn’t take O’Hara long to figure out he had a knack for field-goal kicking. He considered joining Washburn’s Division II football team. "I thought about that,” he said. "But I really wanted to play Division I. Maybe try and get school paid for. I thought I had the talent. If you can chase a dream, do it.” So O’Hara chased the dream. After some more practice, he made a home video of himself kicking field goals and sent copies to several Big 12 schools. One particular school came away impressed. Sooner recruiting coordinator David White invited O’Hara to come see the campus and consider walking on. "I thought I’d give it a shot and transfer to OU,” O’Hara said. Eventually, he made the team. But for two months, O’Hara watched from the sidelines, unsure if he’d ever get a chance to kick in a game. After all, the Sooners already had two kickers on scholarship in addition to preferential walk-on Bryce Easley. But then Saturday night against Texas A&M, Jimmy Stevens misfired on another extra point and Tress Way went wide with another field goal. "I was thinking, ‘Dang, I might get my shot today,’” O’Hara said. "Then coach (Bob Stoops) came over and told me to get ready. I never thought it would be so soon. But you have to be ready for the moment.” When OU scored its next touchdown, Stoops waved O’Hara in for the extra-point try. "It was crazy. I’ve never been in front of 80,000-plus,” O’Hara said. "No other feeling like it.” But O’Hara booted the extra point through like he’d done it a hundred times. Minutes later, he drilled a 26-yard field goal. Then in the fourth quarter, split the uprights on another extra point. "Everything really fell into place,” he said. "I felt good out there. "If I keep kicking the field goals, hopefully I’ll secure a job.” In the postgame press conference following OU’s 65-10 win, Stoops wouldn’t commit to naming O’Hara the starting kicker for next Saturday’s game at Texas Tech. But Stoops did award O’Hara with a game ball. Soon, he may award O’Hara a starting job, too. "I’ll never forget this night, my first football game ever,” O’Hara said. "It was awesome.” Text "SOONER” to 65360 for your chance to win a $100 gift card to The Big Red Shop. OU news text updates from NewsOK sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts.