On Friday night, his teammates, as well as those in the sold-out crowd or watching on ESPN2, saw Tinch's dedication to hard work pay off. Tinch hauled in 10 of Brian Brohm's 22 completions for 183 yards and a touchdown and paved the way for the Cardinals 56-5 win over visiting Rutgers.
"Joshua Tinch had a great game for us," said U of L head coach Bobby Petrino following the game. "It always puts a smile on my face when Josh has that much production, because he works hard to get that. He's definitely the leader of our football team and it's great to see a guy who cares that much have success."
Tinch, who has a catch in 25 straight games, credited his efforts during the last week for his big performance.
"I had a good week at practice and all day at the hotel I kept telling myself that it's time for me to have a big [game]," he said. "I have two games left because I'm a senior and tonight was a good night for me. I went out and played hard and everything just kind of went my way."
Currently the team's leader in receptions, Tinch hinted that he has hopes a reaching a school mark set by Ibn Green in 1998 and matched a year later by Arnold Jackson.
"I wanted 15 – I want to break the record before I leave," he said. "I'm just going to keep giving it all I got and just keep playing."
Tinch's performance on Friday night pushed his career receiving yards total over the 2,000 mark. His 2,018 career yards moved him past former Cardinals great and 5-time NFL All-Pro Mark Clayton for sixth all-time. His 149 career receptions puts him at No. 7 all-time, surpassing recent Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch.