The Arkansas players celebrated on the field and in the stands with the 4,500 red-clad fans who cheered them throughout ... sometimes well above the noise made by the burnt-orange crowd of 83,271.
This time, UA coach Houston Nutt did not display the downward Hook 'Em Horn sign like he did in the 2000 Cotton Bowl. The Hog fans and all of his players did it for him.
"I didn't do it (this time)," Nutt said. "That upset (Texas coach) Mack Brown and I didn't want to do that. What happened before, it was something you just grow up with and learn if you are from Arkansas. I couldn't help myself. But, I didn't do it this time."
The Hogs outyarded the 'Horns, 438 to 326, and took advantage of three Texas fumbles. The Hogs committed just one turnover themselves. The major difference was in the rushing attacks. The Hogs netted 265 on the ground. The 'Horns had just 62 on the ground.
"Both of our lines were excellent," Nutt said. "And, there were so many heroes out there today. I was so proud of our defense. They got us those three turnovers and they played so hard."
Arkansas rotated nine defensive linemen, with true freshman Jeremy Harrell playing early and often at nose tackle. The defense also got about "seven or eight plays" inside from tight end Jason Peters, according to coach Tracy Rocker.
"The main thing we wanted from Jason was a push up the middle," Rocker said. "We got that. But, really, we got plays from a lot of different players. We kept guys fresh and got great effort.
"Jeremy Harrell was in our plans from Wednesday forward. We wanted someone who could give us some toughness inside. He did that today. He's got a big heart and he plays hard."
Matt Jones, slowed by a pulled hip flexor muscle in midweek, dazzled the Longhorns with 102 yards rushing and 139 passing, hitting 8 of 16 throws. Cedric Cobbs added 115 yards.
Jones said he was about 90 percent against Texas. He said he was much improved over his condition of Thursday when he couldn't raise his leg.
"This won't bother me any more," Jones said. "I'll be fine next week. I was okay today."
That was a typical understatement from the low-key Jones. He did in the Longhorns with crafty option reads and wonderfully accurate passes out of his scrambles. And, if he missed his targets a little, his receivers made wonderful adjustments and nice grabs.
"Our offensive line blocked, our receivers caught it and our backs ran great," Nutt said. "And, Matt showed again that he is a difference maker, a play maker. You guys talked about his hip, but he looked like a 4.4 guy out there to me. He was pretty good to me."
Texas scored to start and finish the first half. In between, it was all Arkansas as Matt Jones proved early that a sore hip flexor muscle would not keep him from dazzling the Longhorns.
Chance Mock found Roy Williams for completions of 12 and 11 to open the game, then finished off a 10-play 77-yard TD march with a 31-yard lob to B. J. Johnson open beyond Tony Bua on a flag route. It was 7-0 Texas at 10:17 of the opening quarter. The ‘Horns kept the march alive by making four on a fourth-and-2 on a fake punt at midfield.
Jones' injury was the subject of much speculation the day before the game. He was late to warm up, but never showed signs that he couldn't perform in the first half. He answered UT's drive with an 8-play, 72-yard march on the Hogs' first try. He completed passes of 22, 7, 10 and 18 in that drive. He found George Wilson on the final one, an 18-yard TD pass down the middle of the field. Jones had one impressive scramble with a UT defender hanging on him in which he managed to find Wilson for a diving 10-yard catch. It was 7-7 at 6:57 of the first.
True freshman Jeremy Harrell made the key stop in the next Texas series. The Hogs' defensive tackle stopped Cedric Benson for a 1-yard loss. The Hogs got it back at the Texas 35-yard line after a 13-yard punt.
Jones cashed that opportunity in just six plays. Jones had an 18-yard scramble behind a great Cobbs block. He hit Jason Peters for 12 to 3. Then, on first-and-goal from there, Jones scored on a bootleg to his right. It was 14-7 Arkansas at 3:05 of the opening quarter.
Arkansas kept the ball for 14 plays, but could not score when David Carlton was wide left on a 40-yard field goal try with 9:46 left in the second quarter. His boot sailed left in dramatic fashion as it died in the teeth of the 18 mph wind out of the south.
Ryan Sorahan was inserted at QB for the Hogs' fourth try, and the senior passer found Richard Smith for a 34-yard catch and run to the UT 32-yard line. But, the Hogs stalled when Sorahan tripped coming away from the center and lost 6 yards. Punter Jacob Skinner, on for the first time, hit a towering spiral that Batman Carroll swatted at the 1-yard line and the Hogs killed at the UT 9-yard line.
From there, the Longhorns went backwards, and ultimately lost the ball. Elliott Harris stuffed Benson for a 5-yard loss. Marvin Jackson caught Williams for a 3-yard loss back to the 1-yard line. Then, Williams fumbled on a hitch, with Jimarr Gallon making the strip and Jeb Huckeba covering it for the Hogs at the UT 5-yard line.
Texas was offsides on the first play, making it first and goal at the 2-yard line. De'Arrius Howard powered over his left guard for the touchdown. The Arkansas lead was 21-7 with 1:53 left in the half.
The Longhorns weren't done. Mock, moving to the shotgun, passed them down the field in quick fashion. He had completions of 10, 18, 19 and 9 in the 7-play, 68-yard TD march. He found Johnson alone in the center of the end zone for the final 9 yards. It was 21-14 with 35 seconds left in the half. Jones took a knee on the Hogs' first play and the rest of the clock ran off.
Arkansas couldn't move to open the second half, but Elliott Harris stripped Tony Jeffery to get the ball back. Wes Murphy covered the ball at the UT 46-yard line. Again, it took one play for the Hogs to cash the turnover. Cedric Cobbs sprinted through a hole over his left guard for the 46-yard TD. It was 28-14 at 11:45 of the third quarter.
The Hogs appeared to be headed for the knockout blow when they escaped from the shadow of their own goal posts on Jones' scramble and 54-yard throw to George Wilson. But, on the first play of the fourth quarter, Jones fumbled after a 7-yard option keeper and Dakarai Pearson scooped the ball and sailed 77 yards to a touchdown on the fumble return.
What followed was perhaps the play of the game. UA redshirt freshman Cedric Washington took the kickoff 57 yards to the UT 36 to bring the momentum back to the Hogs.
The Hogs marched those 36 yards in 10 plays, with nine of them on the ground. Howard converted third-and-2 with a 3-yard plunge off right guard. howard made 2 on third-and1 for a first down at the 14. Then, on third-and-4, Jones had plenty of time to wait for Wilson to pop open on a drag across the field for a 7-yard pass play to the 1-yard line. Howard scored on the next play. It was 35-21 with 10:09 left.
Texas sailed 71 yards in four plays to cut the lead to a single touchdown with 9:38 left, but they were blanked the rest of the way. The Hogs added some insurance with a nine-play, 79-yard march to David Carlton's 19-yard field goal, most of it on Jones' 60-yard bootleg to the UT 1-yard line. The final score was set with 5:08 to play, 38-28. Texas did not threaten the rest of the way.
Matt Jones was his usual relaxed self after the victory.
Matt Jones looks down field against Texas.
Cedric Cobbs sails for the end zone.
Jimmy Beasley (14), Lawrence Richardson (1) and Caleb Miller close in on a running back.
Shawn Andrews protects Matt Jones.
The final score tells the story as the Hogs throttled the Longhorns in their own backyard.
The Arkansas seniors posed on the field in a lengthy post-game celebration after defeating the Longhorns.
Arkansas fans sing "Oh Lord, it's hard to be humble ... when you're an Arkansas Razorback fan ..."
Arkansas fans call the Hogs in celebration.
George Wilson joins the celebration in the front row of the stands.
De'Arrius Howard (26) joined the band in the post-game celebration.
Arkansas fans called the Hogs often at Austin.
Mark Bokermann (71) and tiny Dowell Loggains celebrate after the victory.
Photos by Clay Henry
Arkansas 38, Texas 28 (Final)
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