Top 5 moments: Damien Williams goes yard
December, 11, 2012
By Jake Trotter | ESPN.com
John Rhodes/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCTDamien Williams seized the momentum of the Red River Rivalry with a 95-yard touchdown run against Texas.SoonerNation is counting down the top five moments of Oklahoma’s 2012 season this week.
Play No. 4
Despite being outplayed through the first quarter, Texas only trailed the Sooners only 6-2 and had them pinned at their own 5. The Longhorns were a big play away from the brink of taking the lead.
Instead, OU’s junior-college tailback delivered the big play.
Out of the three-back pistol formation, Damien Williams took the handoff up the middle. Thanks to devastating blocks by fullbacks Jaydan Bird and Trey Millard, Williams broke through into the open field. He cut off another block by wide receiver Justin Brown, juked another Texas defender to the ground and was off the races down. Kenny Stills took care of the last Longhorn with a devastating blindside block that Quandre Diggs flying into the OU sideline, and Williams capped off the 95-yard touchdown dash by racing into the end zone.
The momentum-swinging score sapped the life out of the Longhorns, as OU cruised to a 36-2 halftime lead.
"We couldn't stop the run," Longhorns defensive end Alex Okafor said afterward. “When you can't stop the run, things get ugly real quick.”
Things got even uglier for Texas in the second half. Spearheaded by Williams’ 167 rushing yards, OU outgained Texas by 388 yards, the biggest yardage disparity in the rivalry in 62 years. Williams’ 95-yard TD was the longest run in the history of the series, too. And it was the play that got the party started early in Dallas as OU rolled 63-21.
"It was exciting to have the score the way it turned out, to have guys clicking together and making their assignments, having people doing what they are supposed to do,” Williams said after the game. “It is a great feeling when you come out on top."
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