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Williams' farewell: 2 TDs in a Texas win

Ricky Williams closed out his collegiate career in impressive style, punctuating it with a Heisman Trophy pose.

He rushed 30 times for 203 yards and scored two touchdowns Friday as No. 20 Texas beat No. 25 Mississippi State 38-11 in the Cotton Bowl.

Williams got some running room after redshirt freshman quarterback Major Applewhite burned the blitzing Bulldogs for three touchdown passes in Texas' first Cotton Bowl victory since 1982.

Williams, who won the Heisman last month, scored on a 37-yard run in the third quarter. Upon reaching the end zone, he froze into the famous stiff-armed pose held by the figure atop the Heisman Trophy.

"It was something the guys were trying to get me to do all year, but I wanted to win the Heisman first," Williams said. "We had a big lead and I knew the penalty wouldn't hurt us."

The 15 yards for excessive celebrating hardly disturbed the Longhorns, who thrived in fog and rain before a sellout crowd of 72,611.

Williams scored again on a 2-yard third-quarter run and finished with a school bowl record for rushing yardage, passing Eddie Phillips, who had 164 rushing yards against Notre Dame in 1971.

"State had a tough defense but we had a size advantage on them," Williams said. "The offensive line did a good job of handling the crazy blitzes, and Major and Wane (McGarity) kept them honest with the passing game."

Williams, who set 16 NCAA records during his career, had 248 all-purpose yards. He caught five passes for 45 yards, and his rushing total was the third highest in Cotton Bowl history.

"It was a lot of fun for me to watch our offense and defense play like they did," Williams said. "I was glad I came back for my senior year."

The game was dedicated to the late Doak Walker, and Williams noted "my first touchdown run was his old number, No. 37. That run was for him."

The Bulldogs hounded Williams, but they were forced to pay for their blitzes by Applewhite, who threw two touchdowns to McGarity in the first half for a 14-3 lead. Applewhite noted that the Bulldogs were jamming at the line of scrimmage and connected with McGarity on plays of 59 and 52 yards. Cornerback Kendall Roberson was the victim both times.

McGarity capped a 97-yard drive with his first touchdown reception in the first quarter as he slipped behind Roberson. In the second quarter, McGarity caught a short pass, shook off Roberson's tackle and sprinted for the score.

Applewhite said he knew the Bulldogs would blitz on almost every down.

"We thought they would bring everything they had and if we picked it up we could do what we wanted to do," Applewhite said. "Ricky was amazing as usual."

Mack Brown said it was a typical Williams performance.

"The rumor was he was fat," the Texas coach said, "but I don't think he was out of shape at all. He looked pretty good to me."

Williams joked, "I came up here this morning hoping my pants would fit, and they did."