Today marks the 20th anniversary of Ricky Williams debut with the Longhorns. The eventual Heisman Trophy winner was slotted as the starting fullback for Texas in its season opener at Hawaii. Williams toted the football 95 times on 10 carries with two rushing touchdowns. His second score was a 65-yard jaunt that put the game away in the third quarter as the visitors defeated the Rainbow Warriors 38-17. He also corralled one reception for 48 yards.
Williams posted 990 yards with eight scores in his rookie season, averaging 6.0 yards a carry.
The Longhorns went undefeated (7-0) in the team’s last season of the Southwest Conference and finished the season with a 10-2-1 record capped with a Sugar Bowl 28-10 loss to Virginia Tech.
Some highlights from YouTube of Williams’ first game sporting the Bevo colors:
The first time Williams’ player card appears on the ESPN2 broadcast (at 23:09). “His thighs are 215 (lbs.)”
First quarter 7-yard touchdown run (at 24:59)
Third quarter 65-yard touchdown run (at 1:44:24)