Jacoby Jones follows blocks to NFL-tying return record

With his long stride carrying him past defenders, Ravens return specialist Jacoby Jones followed his blocks and rapidly accelerated away from the Dallas Cowboys.

Jones didn't stop until he had reached the end zone and entered the NFL record book with a 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown Sunday to tie a league record and set a franchise record for longest kickoff return.

"I told him before the game I knew he was going to get a touchdown," cornerback Cary Williams said following the Ravens' 31-29 victory at M&T Bank Stadium. "Jacoby was riding on that play. We called him Secretariat. He's got unbelievable speed. He's a tremendous athlete, a great returner. For him to do that, it was crucial."

Signed to a two-year, $7 million contract in the spring, the former Houston Texans third-round draft pick bolted upfield behind blocks from Anthony Allen, Vonta Leach, Corey Graham and Sean Considine.

"Honestly in practice, we had one that hit the same way, so I already had a vision," Jones said. "When I caught it, I found Anthony Allen and he said, 'Follow me.' He was my eyes. He led me to daylight. That thing spread like the Red Sea."

Jones' touchdown boosted the Ravens' lead to 24-13 in the third quarter.

The return tied the Green Bay Packers' Randall Cobb (Sept. 8, 2011, against the New Orleans Saints) and the New England Patriots' Ellis Hobbs (Sept. 9, 2007, against the New York Jets) for the longest kickoff return in NFL history.

And it eclipsed David Reed's 103-yard kickoff return two seasons ago against the Texans for the longest in franchise history.

It also marked his fifth career return for a touchdown — three on punts and two on kickoffs.

Jones said he could tell by the crowd's approval that he was on his way to something big.

"That's when I knew I was free," Jones said. "I just opened it up, and I just ran as fast as possible."

B. Williams starts

It had been a long time since veteran offensive guard Bobbie Williams had started a regular-season game.

Specifically, not since Dec. 11 last year when he broke his right ankle against the Texans while playing for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Williams regained his starting job, replacing Ramon Harewood. Harewood had started the first five games, allowing one sack and a dozen quarterback pressures.

Except for being steamrolled by defensive tackle Jason Hatcher on a sack by outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware, Williams seemed to hold up solidly overall.

"I think I did pretty well," Williams said. "I'm just thankful. I wanted to try to do my best. We came out with a victory, and that's a plus."

Unlike the preseason when his ankle constantly bothered him and would swell up, Williams said he didn't experience any pain or difficulties.

"It felt good," he said. "It was definitely something to build on."

The Ravens signed Williams, 36, to a two-year, $2.2 million deal in the spring that included an $800,000 signing bonus.