Former Texas All-American and Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams broke the NCAA career rushing record the day after Thanksgiving in 1998 and has never forgotten what that victory over then sixth-ranked Texas A&M. Friday marked the 22-year anniversary of Williams’ memorable game and he spoke with ABC during the third quarter of the Longhorns’ pivotal game against Iowa State.
“I remember it was a day much like this, early-morning game and kind of chilly and rainy,” Williams said. “I pretty much knew I was going to get the ball a bunch. I knew it was important for me, but I knew it was really important for the program for me to break that record. I remember in the first quarter, almost every single play Major (Applewhite) was turning around and giving me the ball.”
Williams broke Tony Dorsett’s record at the time, which stood at 6,082 yards.
“Just will … I remember on that play I was looking at the scoreboard and saw I needed 11 yards to break the record and I told myself I was going to do it on this play,” Williams said. “When the DB came, I just put my shoulder down and ran right through him. I got in the open field and my receiver came and gave me a nice block and I made it all the way barely into the end zone.”
Williams was later asked about five-star freshman Bijan Robinson and the season he’s having as a first-year impact player.
“Early in the season when he didn’t touch the ball much, I saw flashes,” Williams said. “When he got a chance to take over the starting role, he’s (impressive). The things he’s doing as a freshman, I can’t wait to see him start hopefully three more years.”
Texas (6-2) is trying to keep pace at the top of the Big 12 standings and needs a win over the Cyclones to stay there. Williams spoke fondly of Sam Ehlinger and the senior class.
“I think they really put getting Texas back on the map on their shoulders and I think a win here and maybe in the Big 12 Championship would really seal the deal for him,” Williams said. “But Texas football is really fun to watch and I think these seniors have a lot to do with that.”
The Longhorns jumped out to a 10-point lead on Saturday and cling to a 7-point advantage after three quarters.