Virginia Tech's all-time leading scorer was a bright spot in the Carolina Panthers 20-14 loss to Tampa Bay on Thursday night. 

Slye hit all four of his field goal attempts including a 54-yard field goal as time was running out in the first half and one from 51-yards out midway through the third quarter. He accounted for all of Carolina's points until the defense tackled running back Peyton Barber in the end zone for a safety with 13:30 left in the game. 

Last week in a season-opening loss to the St. Louis Rams, Slye was 2-of-3 with a 52-yard field goal. Four of his five kickoffs went for touchbacks and he was a perfect 3-for-3 on extra points.

Carolina signed Slye ahead of fall camp with expected starter Graham Gano dealing with an injury to his plant leg. Slye impressed the team going 7-of-8 in four preseason games (his only miss came on a blocked attempt) with three 50-yard field goals.

Slye went undrafted coming out of Virginia Tech in 2018. He failed to land with an NFL team after appearing at a couple of rookie minicamps. He sat out last season and trained hoping for another shot this year. He made Carolina's 53-man roster after the team placed Gano on injured reserve, a move that ended the former pro-bowler's season. 

Mike Niziolek is the Virginia Tech football beat writer for The Roanoke Times. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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