Moreno Finds the End Zone... with a catch

Posted Nov 15, 2008

AUBURN – With consecutive 1,000-yard seasons under his belt, Knowshon Moreno doesn’t have a lot of firsts anymore. It’s no wonder then that the sophomore tailback was surprised to learn that his 35-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter was the first time he had found the end zone via a pass in his career.

“Really?” Moreno said. “That’s kind of cool.”

Moreno caught four passes in the game for 58 yards in the Bulldogs’ 17-13 win over Auburn – both career highs. His touchdown grab came on a quick swing pass, and he ducked behind linemen Cordy Glenn and Clint Boling as he dashed toward the end zone. The play, Moreno said, actually felt more like a run.

“Those linemen were up in front of me making big blocks downfield, and I just followed them into the end zone,” Moreno said.

While Moreno has been busy in the running game, tallying 254 yards rushing the past two weeks, he has seen his role in the passing game increase, too. He has caught seven passes for a total of 88 yards in the past two weeks.

While the numbers are a bit of an aberration, Moreno said the plays have always been a part of the offense.

“It’s just the way things are working out,” Moreno said. “We always have routes as a backfield, and I think the quarterbacks are just checking down to us, and we’re just making plays.”

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