Quintory Braswell returned a pass 105 yards for a touchdown on the last play of the game this past weekend against Clark Atlanta, likely cementing his name is the Rams' record books.
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ALBANY — Quintory Braswell didn’t hear the roar of the crowd.
But it was there, echoing across Albany State Coliseum and pouring on to the Rams’ sideline at the end of Saturday’s Homecoming game against Clark Atlanta.
“I was just too tired to hear anything,” Braswell said Wednesday.
The junior defensive back has finally had time to rest after intercepting a pass five yards deep in the end zone as time expired and taking it back more than 100 yards for a TD in the 36-9 victory.
“It sends chills through you when you make a play like that in front of a crowd like a Homecoming crowd,” ASU coach Mike White said.
White then added: “That will be remembered for a long time. They might not even remember his name, but they will remember the number of the guy who made the pick and took it all the way out of the end zone and brought it back. What a way to leave the stadium feeling like you had completely smashed that team because you got a last play like that. What a good feeling.”
The 105-yard return was officially ruled a 100-yard play, and here’s why: NCAA rules state that in college football, the longest any play can be is 100 yards. ASU’s all-time records, meanwhile, are somewhat a mystery with many being lost or damaged through the years, but White said he thought the play is the longest in program history.
“This is one of the oldest guys that has ever been around Albany State sitting next to me,” said White, referring to assistant head coach Rickey Alexander. “We have been around since the ’70s, and we just don’t remember one longer. We never saw anybody bring it out of the end zone.”
Braswell transferred to ASU during the offseason from Faulkner University and hasn’t seen much playing time this season. He only has played in three games on defense and has just 11 tackles, but he made his limited time in Saturday’s game count.
“I read it all the way,” he said about the play. “It was a team effort. The defensive line got good pressure and made the quarterback throw it up. I just read it and grabbed it. My mind said to take a knee, but my instincts were telling me (to run it out because) it was Homecoming.”
LEADING THE NATION: ASU starting safety Dexter Moody also had an interception in Saturday’s game, which was his seventh of the season.
As a result, Moody is now one of three Division II players leading the nation in interceptions and one of five college players at any level with seven picks.
“I don’t know if we have had a defensive back with the hands he has,” White said. “He seems to catch everything. Sometimes those defensive backs are receivers who can’t catch, but he catches everything.”
Moody has run back two of his interceptions for touchdowns and has 154 total return yards, which is good for third in the nation.
INJURY UPDATE: For the second week in a row, star receiver Ronnie Tubbs was limited in practice with a nagging hamstring injury. Tubbs will likely play Saturday against Bendict, as will defensive back Gary Howard, who also is not participating in full-contact drills at practice.
“They have a combination of things going on with them right now,” White said of his injured stars. “They would be questionable now if they needed to play, but Saturday they will be ready.”