'01 Bowl Highlight For D.J. But No Holiday For Roy

Junior WLB <B>Derrick Johnson </B>enjoyed the 2001 Holiday Bowl win over Washington so much that he frequently replays his VHS version of Texas&#146; biggest come-from-behind win in program history. Senior SE <B>Roy Williams </B>would just as soon not relive any of it.

"That game was too nerve-wracking," Williams said of Texas’ 47-43 triumph after trailing by 19 in the third quarter.

Williams set a Longhorn bowl game record with 11 receptions for 134 yards to add to a Texas bowl game best 592 yards of total offense. Senior QB Major Applewhite threw for a UT-record 473 yards on 37-of-55 passing (we know it’s a record even though bowl game stats were not counted until the following season).

"If I smoked, I would have had to have had me a cigarette for that game," Williams said.

But for Johnson, the thriller not only tops his list of favorite games in a Longhorn uniform but was also the venue of his national coming out party.

"There were a lot of momentum changes in that game," Johnson recalled. "That game was real special. I’ve still got that game (on tape) at the house. After my freshman year, I watched it a lot."

Johnson was named the Defensive MVP after posting nine tackles, one sack and a pivotal fourth quarter interception that set up Texas’ scoring drive with less than six minutes remaining.

"I didn’t think it was going to be that close," Johnson said. "I didn’t really watch Washington that year but they came out and played great. That was a great game. It’s actually a classic now."

Players are scheduled to gather in San Diego Tuesday night and will practice 9 a.m. (PST) at the UC-San Diego campus.

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