Syracuse University Punter Riley Dixon, a CBA graduate, says he played quarterback for the Brothers until he was a junior in high school. He never could've predicted he'd throw the first touchdown pass, a game-winner, of the 2014 football season.
"...Pure joy, ya know, it was kind of a shock. I was thinking about running it, Kendall [Moore] might've been covered. I kind of ripped it in there, and I kind of jumped, I don't know. I think I blacked out, I don't remember much of it, but um, just pure joy," Dixon said after the game.
The touchdown came during the second overtime, the Orange had the first possession after both teams tied during the first overtime. Syracuse got near the goal line but was stopped on the first three downs. On fourth down, Dixon lined up to hold Ryan Norton's potential field goal. But, Dixon took the direct snap, rolled to his left, and found Kendall Moore in the end zone.
"Well I ran my route, and I knew I was covered. I saw Riley, like jump, and I didn't know what he was doing," Moore said. "I couldn't really see the ball until it was like three inches from my face, and I just reached out and grabbed it."
Both Moore and Dixon said the play is called "Purple", one of the several fakes they work on a regular basis. This time, it came in handy. Villanova also scored a touchdown when they had their turn with the ball, but went for the two-point conversion and the win and we stopped. That made Dixon's throw, the game-winning touchdown.