Redskins WR Andre Roberts still revels in long touchdown catch vs. Cowboys

The following is part of a series that will run each day, talking to a handful of Redskins players about their best and most memorable games. Today: Receiver Andre Roberts.

One game and one play stood out for Redskins receiver Andre Roberts. The game occurred in college; the play happened during his rookie season.

As a junior, Roberts’ Citadel team beat rival Furman 54-51 in overtime in 2007. It was a big day for Roberts, who caught nine passes for 122 yards – with 62 coming on a first-quarter touchdown catch. He also returned a punt 36 yards.

“I did a lot of good things,” Roberts said. “But what I remember most was the ending. Our running back [Tory Cooper] scored the winning touchdown and just the whole emotions of what we put in. Furman is our big rival so what we put in the week prior to the game, all that came out through the fans and the players. We all rushed the field so it was just a great experience, something you never forget.”

Then, as a rookie in the NFL, Roberts caught a 74-yard touchdown pass in a 2010 Christmas Day win over Dallas (he finished with five catches for 110 yards).

It wasn’t exactly a fancy play. Roberts went in motion to the left at the snap and conned cornerback Mike Jenkins into thinking he was running an out pattern. Jenkins hit the ground as Roberts turned upfield and was wide open – Cowboys coach Jason Garrett blamed it on the turf, saying after the game Jenkins had slipped. Regardless, Roberts caught the ball and he later cut back inside a defender around the Cowboys’ 30-yard line. It also happened to be quarterback John Skelton’s first NFL touchdown pass.

“It was a little double move,” Roberts said. “The quarterback stood in there and delivered a perfect ball. It was an out and up, 10 yards to the numbers. I was inside the numbers and faked an out move and broke it up. He tried to collision me to stop it; I broke through the collision, caught the ball and took it to the house. It’s one of those games you don’t forget.”