On the final play of the annual Rutgers Scarlet-White spring football game Saturday, history was made by a fleet-footed four-year-old named Mordecai Carthy.
Carthy, a patient at Children’s Specialized Hospital where he receives treatment for autism, took the final play of the scrimmage 93 yards for a touchdown in what can only be described as the best play of spring:
Mordecai Carthy, a 4-year-old Rutgers fan with autism, scores the longest rushing touchdown in school history. pic.twitter.com/R610N0GpBn
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 15, 2018
Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, now with the Atlanta Falcons, used to hold the longest rushing play from scrimmage in the Rutgers record book with a 91-yard score in a 2010 game against Tulane.
Mordecai beat him by two yards.
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
After the game, Rutgers head coach Chris Ash couldn’t help but marvel at Mordecai’s ability to make plays in the open field.
From NJ.com’s John Munson:
“Yeah, it was actually just some really good moves by the ballcarrier,” Ash quipped. “He had some nifty feet, made some guys miss and then he had some breakaway speed there at the end to get into the end zone.”
Mordecai’s play clearly made an impact on the team, too. Just look at this tweet from fifth-year running back Jonathan Hilliman after the scrimmage:
That was probably the most memorable moment I’ve had in 5 years of college ball.. https://t.co/pWAQogslZe
— Jonathan Hilliman (@thrilliman) April 15, 2018