The reason for the drop?
"I was trying to get somewhere," Williams said. "The ball was kind of behind me but I was relying on my arms to get that thing and keep running. On a regular day, I catch that one. But I was too excited and I just got through saying some things and I guess my adrenaline was going just a little too fast."
Roys drop, plus PR Nathan Vashers drop, plus RB Cedric Bensons drop, plus the nearly disastrous goal line drop between QB Vince Young and C Jason Glynn were obviously overcome (in part) by clutch performances from less heralded players. But its been turnovers, combined with a non-existent ground game, that have proven fatal in this disturbing trend against Oklahoma.
If Roy were coaching, what would be his strategy for beating the Sooners?
"Throw it deep every once in a while," he said.
What was his assessment of how Texas A&M and Oklahoma State got those wins against the Evil Empire?
"Throw it deep," he repeated. "(OSU wideout) Rashaun Woods had a bunch of deep balls. A&M, every time they scored, it was on a deep ball. I think we threw it deep last year (against OU). I think with me hobbled with a hamstring and with (SE) Sloan (Thomas) hobbled with a hamstring, it was pretty tough."
Williams, of course, was severely limited from late September through late October after suffering an early-season hamstring pull in 2002. He sat out the Tulane game and then removed himself the following week in the nail biter against Oklahoma State.
"He said he was 90 percent, but he couldnt run," head coach Mack Brown recalled. "In retrospect, I wish we hadnt played him."
Theres already been some buzz among Orangebloods about how coaches are playing Williams this year. Personally, my opinion is that Roy could replace RB/PR Eric Metcalf (1985-89) as the most underutilized talent in Texas history. Granted, Williams didnt need to be on the field as long as he did during some of those pre-season routes. But there were just 22 passes (10 completions) in 74 plays Saturday, barely grading above a Fred Akers offense, at least in terms of the type of two-dimensional (balanced) offense that coordinator Greg Davis is always talking about. Against the two ranked teams Texas has faced this season, the offense could not find Williams in the end zone for a TD grab.
Brown said coaches called for 10 deep balls against KSU (three resulted in sacks).
"Even though (Roy) touched it five times, we tried to get it to him another five during the game," Brown said. "Even when he is not touching it, he is affecting the other things that people do against us. Hes the guy right now that, when we go into a ballgame, that everybody talks about and everybodys concerned about."
Brown has been quick to praise Williams for all that he has done away from the ball to contribute to the team this season. He commends Williams downfield blocking and the leadership role that he has assumed since the off-season.
"I guess when you turn down $10-to-$13 million and decide to come back, somewhere in that transition, he took a leadership role and stood up," Brown said. "He took some criticism when he said, I havent always worked as hard but Im going to now. Hes always worked hard, and hes become one of the best workers on our team. Hes separated himself as a leader. He and Tillman Holloway are two guys that have stepped up on offense and are doing a great job of leading, but Roy is in the huddle of every special team, hes in the huddle of our defense. Hes really amazed us by the way hes stepped up."
Texas and Oklahoma tee off for the 98th time, 2:30 p.m., Saturday (ABC) at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.