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Clint Stoerner and Anthony Lucas Recreate Historic Arkansas Play

Clint Stoerner and Anthony Lucas recreate historic touchdown pass in Red-White game. This time, Stoerner made sure his receiver had plenty of room.

There were no busts by the secondary -- except for one that was planned in the Arkansas spring game. The backup defensive backs stopped to let  Anthony Lucas jog past them so that Clint Stoerner could lay in a touchdown pass in the second half of the Red-White game.

It was a recreation of their 35-yard touchdown pass from 1999 in the closing minutes of a 28-24 victory over No. 3 Tennessee in Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema set up the play for a fun thing for fans.

Stoerner hit Lucas again this time. It was slightly different because Stoerner's pass hit Lucas near the goal line instead of deep in the end zone. Lucas had to slow down to gather in the pass.

"It was short," Lucas said. "I give him some trouble for making me slow down. I guess I can let him slide because he had on all of those nice clothes, with the jersey on over him. Maybe that was his problem."

Stoerner said it was just a matter of worrying about his good friend's bad knees and feet.

"I was protecting him from injury," Stoerner said. "I didn't want to lead him into those stands in the back of the end zone. I was just making sure he had plenty of space."

Lucas coaches at Pulaski Academy in Little Rock. He has quickly become a favorite with Bielema.

"He works my summer camps for a reason," Bielema said. "He's an outstanding coach. He might be on our level at some point."

Bielema said he's always looking for ways to spice it up for fans at the spring game. KATV anchor Steve Sullivan gave him the idea for this play a few weeks ago.

"I was in Little Rock two weeks ago and saw Sully," he said. "He said he had an idea. Obviously, I knew some things about Clint in Tennessee, but it was from the year before. I didn't know about '99. So as soon as I got home, I Googled it and it was perfect."

There were no other candidates for a legendary play, even from some former star quarterbacks at the game like assistant coach Barry Lunney or sideline reporter Quinn Grovey, both with championship seasons.

"I don't think it would work for me," Lunney said. "What are they going to have me do, hand off to Madre Hill? And, with Quinn, he'd be reading the dive play and giving it to Barry Foster. No, what we did was perfect."

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