Garden State connection

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Over the summer, I ran into Danny Oquendo and Isaiah Williams after an interview with offensive coordinator James Franklin. Both semi-jokingly touted the possibility of a New Jersey-related wideouts story.

That’s probably because both are Garden Staters, and proud ones at that. (This is the point where loyal reader Lamont for Heisman – at least that’s the loyal reader’s name in the D1scourse Challenge – will affix a seal of approval to this entry).

Anyway, the New Jersey connection was alive and well today when Oquendo hit Williams for a 43-yard touchdown pass. It was Williams’ first TD catch at home since late in the 2006 season against Wake Forest.

It was also the first time a wideout threw a touchdown for Maryland in a long, long while.

I just did a quick scan of the last decade or so. And going backward in time, here are the touchdowns thrown by non-QBs in recent memory:

* Josh Allen to Oquendo, 9 yards late in the 2006 season at Boston College

* LaMont Jordan to Jermaine Arrington, 60 yards in 1999 at Georgia Tech

* Jordan to Arrington, 68 yards in 1998 at Wake Forest

And that’s it for the ultra-successful trick plays involving a running back or wideout throwing the ball.

So for those who saw Oquendo become the first left-handed Terp to throw a touchdown pass since Jan. 1, 2004 (that was Turtle Sports Report’s Seth Hoffman’s line, to be fair and transparent), you got to see something that hasn’t happened in a while. And honestly, I’m not quite sure what the definition of “a while” is in this case.

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