Even the national championship is still not out of reach for the No. 13 Longhorns, according to Williams. Beating the highly ranked teams on Texas schedule would put Texas back in the thick of things, he figures.
"Well play what will probably be a No. 3 Kansas State followed by No. 1 Oklahoma," he said. "Nebraska will roll in here ranked really high, too. All we have to do as a team is win every week and well be fine."
Yep, thats all. That, and fix those glaring deficiencies in the ground game, run defense and the kicking game and Texas will be fine. Equally bold is Williams prediction is his assessment that the Texas rushing offense "is there."
Its, uh, where?
"The holes are there; we just have to run the ball," he said. "We just have to continue to practice every week and run through the hole."
Is that, then, an assessment of RB Cedric Benson (27 yards on 13 carries)?
"I dont know; I really cant answer that," he said. "From watching the films, there were some holes there. But you cant do much else but try to improve every week."
While head coach Mack Brown said there is no finger pointing on his team, Williams pointed to his fumble on the Texas 5-yard line and shouldered the blame for the depressing upset. FL Tony Jeffery fumbled at midfield while Texas turned the ball over on the Razorback 10 after the RDE deflected QB Chance Mocks option pitch.
"Me and Tony with those fumbles, especially mine, really cost us the ball game," he said. "If I hadnt done that, we would have won the football game. You (reporters) wouldnt be asking me any questions today."
Williams said he did not hear Texas fans booing during Saturdays game. (I didnt either. The press box is that insulated from the field.)
"Theyre great fans until we lose," Williams surmised. Which, if his prediction holds true, means Texas fans will be great the remainder of '03.