Roy Williams’ Two TD Performance Sparks 27-13 Thumping Of Texans
Nine months after leading the Dallas Cowboys to their first postseason victory in thirteen years, head coach Wade Phillips was groping for answers as his 0-2 Cowboys traded to Houston to play the unbeaten Texans. The week of preparation had been a long one for Phillips with inspirational speeches, team meetings, and players-only meetings. The Super Bowl-favorite Cowboys had to get it right, and quickly.
And before a record crowd of 71,456 at Reliant Stadium the Cowboys looked much closer to their old selves, turning back the Texans with an authoritative 27-13 whipping.
A week after fumbling the game away against Chicago, wide receiver Roy Williams enjoyed his finest day as a Cowboy, catching five passes for 117 yards and a pair of touchdowns from Tony Romo. That Williams, a seven-year veteran, was going up against rookie cornerback Kareem Jackson most of the game was overshadowed by Williams’ own track record with Dallas.
Since joining the Cowboys in October 2008 via trade from Detroit, the former University of Texas standout had done little to reward the team for giving up three draft picks to obtain his services. In his previous 27 games with Dallas, while bumbling, fumbling, and running wrong pass routes, Williams caught less than half of the passes in which he was targeted. On the rare occasion when he did catch the ball, an average gain of 6.2 yards had many wondering where the big-play ability that made him a star with the Lions had gone to.
But on this day, past sins were momentarily forgiven, as Williams’ inspiring performance sparked a much-needed win.
With his team clinging to a 10-3 third-quarter advantage, Williams followed up an impressive 3-yard catch-and-run by rookie wideout Dez Bryant with an equally impressive 15-yard scoring grab over the head of Jackson along the left sideline. And after a Houston field goal cut the Dallas lead to 17-6 early in the final period, Williams struck again, hauling a short pass from Romo before breaking an arm tackle and racing the final 60 yards for the decisive touchdown.
The strong play of a Dallas defense was another positive development on the afternoon, a week after Jay Cutler shredded them for 27 points. Against the league’s top-ranked offense, Dallas forced three turnovers, sacked Matt Schaub four times, and made a key goal-line stand in the third quarter to maintain a two-score advantage.
The win was the 400th franchise victory for the Cowboys, and was Phillips’ final one on a Dallas sideline.