DAVIE - Kicker Caleb Sturgis had been the definition of consistency in his first four NFL games.
The former Florida Gators standout whom the Miami Dolphins selected in the fifth-round of the 2013 draft was flawless before the fourth-quarter of Sunday's 26-23 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
His kickoffs were stellar, and Sturgis had made all 10 of his first 10 NFL field goals, and was 12-for-12 on extra points. Then Sturgis kicked off out of bounds midway through the fourth quarter, drawing a penalty that put the Ravens on Baltimore's 40-yard line.
But that wasn't his only mistake. On Miami's final possession Sturgis' kick went wide-left on a 57-yarder that could have tied the game.
That attempt would have been the longest of his NFL career, not counting the 58-yarder he made in an exhibition win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
"I missed it a little bit," Sturgis said. "It was a great snap and hold, the protection was great. The wind usually blows against you there and I made sure I got it there, and just miss-hit the ball a little bit and it cost the team."
Sturgis had no desire to blame anything, or anyone else for missing a kick that could have led to an overtime game.
"I wouldn't have done anything differently," Sturgis said.
Coach Joe Philbin was proud of how his rookie kicker handled letting his team down.
"His quote was outstanding," Philbin said. "You have an individual that takes accountability for his performance [in the] fifth game into the season. You're going to have a chance to be a football player in this program. If you're responsible, accountable and professional, which this guy is, you'll make adjustments and get better."