By Matthew Girard
Killeen Daily Herald
DALLAS – Texas defensive tackle Roy Miller was part of three different touchdown runs in the Longhorns 45-35 upset-win against No. 1 Oklahoma in the 103rd Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on Saturday, but the former Shoemaker standout might be more remembered for the touchdown he almost had.
With the No. 5-ranked Longhorns (6-0, 2-0 Big 12 Conference) leading 38-35 with 4:23 left in the game, Texas lined up on the Sooners' 2-yard line primed to seal the win. On first-and-goal, quarterback Colt McCoy rolled to his right and found a wide-open Miller at the 1.
McCoy floated the ball to the 6-foot-2, 295-pound defensive tackle, who is usually used as a blocking back on short-yardage situations, but Miller couldn't hang on to the ball and was denied his first career offensive touchdown.
Miller made up for his drop a play later by clearing a hole for Cody Johnson for the game-clinching score with 4:02 left, but said he should've made the catch.
"I was thinking that about three or four quarters of banging with my hands, I thought I had stones," said Miller, who was playing in his fourth and final Red River game. "I didn't know I had fingers. Going out for the pass, I thought I had stones (for hands). I dropped the ball and there's no excuse."
McCoy said he couldn't believe Miller dropped the pass, which would've been his second touchdown pass of the game.
"I would've never thought in a thousand years that would happen," McCoy said with a smile. "He hadn't dropped a ball all year on that play, but it was all right because we scored on the next play. It was another touchdown I could've thrown, but other than that it wasn't a big deal."
Along with clearing the way for Johnson's first two touchdowns of the game, Miller registered three tackles and,despite being double-teamed throughout the day, gave Oklahoma's offensive line fits.
"It's fun being on this defense and I enjoy being with these guys all the time," Miller said.
For Miller, Saturday's win gave him three wins against the Sooners (5-1, 1-1).
"It's very enjoyable to me to be able to win three games in the last four years," Miller said. "I'm very proud of my team and I'm proud to be a Longhorn. This being my senior year, it just feels so good that we were able to win the game and I was able to wear the (Golden) Hat (Trophy)."
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