The old adage is that when your engine quits in a single, the airplane now belong to the insurance company and your ONLY job is surviving. He was fortunate to have an airport within reach - not always true.
Ten years ago when I had the time, my favorite training on Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 was to kill the engines during take-off, and see if I could land the Cesna 172 by turning the plane 180-degrees and landing on the runway (known in aviation circles as “the impossible turn”). I was able to land it every time (in the simulator…)
The FAA opposes this approach – but some pilots with decades of experienc consider it.
You can read more about it here:
A bit of good luck, a lotta moxie, and the world’s perfect sigh. Good job, and so cool on the radio.
FAA “recommendations are based upon a generally held low proficiency standard for private pilots. That is not alway, or even necessarily, often the case.