Each year, a number of schools will use their annual spring game as a way of giving back to a fan. Usually, a young fan who is stricken with a disease or medical condition will be allowed to take a snap during the game and score a touchdown.
Nebraska still might be the most famous example of this awesome tradition. Who could forget seven-year-old Jack Hoffman’s heartwarming touchdown in 2013?
Yesterday, Nebraska’s Big Ten counterpart Rutgers helped a four-year-old fan named Morcedai Carthy make an amazing memory. Carthy, who has autism, took the field with the Rutgers offense for the final play of the annual Scarlet-White game.
Taking a hand-off from quarterback Giovanni Rescigno, Carthy scampered 93 yards for a touchdown, surrounded by cheering Rutgers players.
Carthy received the game ball from RU head coach Chris Ash.
Round of applause for Mordecai Carthy! 👏
The five-year-old @RFootball fan has autism, and he set the record Saturday for longest rushing TD in school history with a 93-yard score to end the Scarlet Knights’ spring game: pic.twitter.com/pDz0qjmxvQ
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) April 14, 2018
Carthy’s touchdown is “unofficially” the longest rushing touchdown in Rutgers history. Mohamed Sanu still holds the real record with a 91-yard rush in 2010.
The final score of the Rutgers spring game was 132-132. Yeah, there was a crazy scoring system utilized.
The most important points of the day belonged to Carthy though.