PHILADELPHIA -- Call him the Cowboy killer.
For the second time this season, Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver Calvin Williams delivered the critical blow to the Dallas Cowboys.
It was Williams' 18-yard touchdown reception on a halfback pass by Keith Byars that provided the Eagles' winning points in a 17-3 triumph over Dallas yesterday.
On Oct. 28, Williams' 10-yard TD catch with 44 seconds left lifted the Eagles over the Cowboys, 21-20, in Irving, Texas.
It was no coincidence that Williams, a product of Baltimore's Dunbar High and Purdue, had another big game against the Cowboys.
"The previous Dallas game, they gave us the [short passes] over the middle," Williams said. "In third-down situations, I'd be the guy over the middle. So I was more in the game plan this week."
Williams had six catches, his personal single-game high, for 76 yards yesterday. The first time around, he had five catches for 74 yards against Dallas.
For the season, Williams has 35 receptions for 567 yards. He is averaging 16.2 yards per catch.
Yesterday's touchdown, his eighth of the season, tied the club rookie record set by Bobby Walston in 1951. Williams was left uncovered in the secondary after Byars faked a run to the right side.
Byars is 4-for-4 for 45 yards and four touchdowns passing this year. This was the first time Byars, a lefthander, threw the ball while running right.
"If he gives a good run fake, everybody comes up," Williams said. "And that's what he did."
Williams made a big contribution in a field goal drive in the second quarter that pushed the Eagles' lead to 10-3. On second-and-eight from the Eagles' 24, quarterback Randall Cunningham hit Keith Jackson for an 11-yard gain. But Jackson fumbled the ball on the run. When Byars attempted to retrieve the loose ball, he inadvertently kicked it -- hard.
Some 40 yards down field, Williams beat Cowboys cornerback Issiac Holt to the ball on the Dallas 21.
"I tried to time it so when I got a big bounce I could recover it," Williams said.
Said Eagles coach Buddy Ryan, "He's a great player. He's been a pro since he got here."
Defensive tackle Mike Pitts, an alum of Baltimore Poly and Alabama, was returned to the Eagles' active roster yesterday for the first time in 14 weeks.
Pitts suffered a knee injury in Week 2 that required surgery. He got in for a dozen plays against Dallas after Jerome Brown injured his wrist.
"It was very frustrating," Pitts said of his forced absence. "When we were losing early, I had a lot of frustrating moments. I wanted to be part of the team and let the guys know I was with them."
Pitts, who had three sacks in the first two games of the year, failed to get a tackle yesterday.