Ricky Williams 3 TD’s Leads Dolphins Past Panthers 24-17
Ricky Williams rushed for a pair of scores and caught a touchdown pass, and Miami held off the Carolina Panthers, 24-17, at Bank of America Stadium.
Dolphins defensive back Tyrone Culver knocked down Jake Delhomme’s high-arcing prayer pass in the end zone on the game’s final play.
Williams rushed 22 times for 119 yards and caught two balls for 19 yards. Chad Henne threw for 172 yards and the one touchdown.
With Ronnie Brown out the remainder of the season due to a foot injury he suffered during Sunday’s win over Tampa Bay, the bulk of the rushing load fell on Williams, and the 2002 NFL rushing leader didn’t disappoint. He took matters in his own hands by scoring on a 46-yard run with 3:55 remaining in the fourth quarter, giving Miami (5-5) a 10-point lead.
John Kasay kicked a 48-yard field goal with 1:41 left, but the Dolphins recovered the ensuing onside kick. Facing a 4th-and-3 at the Carolina 28, Lex Hilliard was stopped short on a run up the middle, giving Delhomme one more shot.
With no timeouts remaining, the Carolina QB completed passes of 29 and 17 yards to Gary Barnidge to set up a final chance with six seconds remaining from the 26. That’s when Culver deflected the last pass in the end zone.
Delhomme connected on 19-of-42 passes for 227 yards with a TD and an interception, while DeAngelo Williams had 13 carries for 122 yards. Steve Smith caught seven passes for 87 yards and a touchdown for the Panthers (4-6), who couldn’t keep the momentum going from a 28-19 home victory over Atlanta on Sunday.