Razorbacks Travel to Athens to Play UGA

The Hogs will make just their second-ever trip to Athens when they take on the Georgia Bulldogs this Saturday at Sanford Stadium. Arkansas' only previous trip "Between the Hedges" came in 1993 when the Razorbacks came away with a 20-10 victory over the Dawgs.

THE RANKINGS:
Arkansas is not ranked and didn't garner any votes in either of this week's polls. Georgia is receiving votes in both polls. The Bulldogs earned 12 votes to rank 37th in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll. Georgia received 23 votes to rank 34th in the most recent Associated Press listing.
 
COVERAGE:
The Razorbacks make it four-of-four for nationally televised games this season as the game against Georgia this Saturday will be televised by ESPN2. It marks the second time this season the Hogs have appeared on "The Deuce." ESPN2 carried the Arkansas-Tennessee game on Sept. 8. Overall, this weekend's game is the third time this season the Hogs have appeared on the network as the season opener against UNLV was carried on ESPN. DAVE BARNETT will provide the play-by-play while BILL CURRY and MIKE GOLIC will fill the color commentator duties. MICHELE TOFOYA is the sideline reporter. PAUL EELLS will call the action on the 67-station Arkansas Razorback Sports Network. Eells is in his 24th season handling play-by-play for the Razorbacks. Former NFL tight end and Little Rock, Ark., native KEITH JACKSON is the analyst while former Hog quarterback QUINN GROVEY is the sideline reporter.
 
THE SERIES:
Arkansas and Georgia will meet for only the eighth time and only the second time in Athens. Of the seven previous games between the teams, four have been in bowl games. Georgia leads the overall series record with a 4-3 mark including last year's 38-7 win in Fayetteville. The teams first met in the 1969 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 1. The Razorbacks posted a 16-2 victory over the Bulldogs that day. The teams would not meet again until the 1976 Cotton Bowl where the Razorbacks claimed a 31-10 victory. Twelve seasons would pass before the Hogs and Dawgs squared off again, this time in the 1987 Liberty Bowl in Memphis. Georgia notched its first win against the Razorbacks with a 20-10 victory. The fourth and final bowl contest came in the 1991 Independence Bowl in Shreveport. Georgia made it two in a row over the Hogs with a 24-15 victory. The teams met for the first time in the regular season the following year in 1992 when the Hogs joined the SEC. The Bulldogs came away with a 27-3 victory over the Razorbacks in Fayetteville to make it three straight wins over Arkansas. Arkansas would snap that streak in the next season under first-year coach Danny Ford. The Razorbacks pulled out a 20-10 victory over the Bulldogs in their only trip to Athens.
 
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THE SERIES AT ATHENS:
Arkansas is 1-0 against the Bulldogs in Athens. The first and only game between the two teams in the Bulldogs' home stadium came in 1993, the Hogs' second season in the SEC and first under head coach Danny Ford. The Razorbacks found themselves down a field goal after the Bulldogs scored in their opening possession of the game. Arkansas quarterback Barry Lunney got the Hogs on the scoreboard when he connected with J.J. Meadors on a 72-yard touchdown pass that gave the Razorbacks a 7-3 advantage. Georgia, however, took a 10-7 halftime lead when QB Eric Zeier hooked up with Terrell Davis on a one-yard score on the last play of the first half. After a scoreless third quarter, the Razorbacks' Dexter Hebert put Arkansas ahead for good with a one-yard touchdown plunge. On Georgia's ensuing possession, Zeier was intercepted by Dean Peevy at the UGA 34 yard line. Lunney then scampered 15 yards for his first career rushing touchdown to give the Hogs a 20-10 lead. Lunney finished the game passing for 138 yards and a team-high 60 yards rushing. Georgia's Terrell Davis finished the day with 177 rushing yards.
 
TELEVISION TIME:
Arkansas will make its sixth-consecutive appearance on national television when the Hogs take on Georgia this weekend. The Hogs played in front of the national television cameras in the final two games of the 2000 season before appearing on the tube in the first three games of the 2001 season. The Razorbacks' appearance on CBS Sports started the string when the Hogs downed No. 24 LSU in the 2000 season finale in Little Rock. Arkansas battled UNLV in the Las Vegas Bowl on ESPN2 last December before meeting the Rebels in a rematch in the 2001 season lidlifter on ESPN. Arkansas hosted Tennessee in a game televised by ESPN2 before battling Alabama on CBS last weekend. Arkansas' season finale matchup with LSU is the only other game scheduled for national television (CBS) at this point, but a number of other games are still under consideration. Arkansas has appeared on national or regional television 161 times in its history. The Hogs own a 73-86-2 mark in those contests.
 
LAST TIME AGAINST GEORGIA:
Georgia cornerback Jamie Henderson returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown on Arkansas' first play from scrimmage and the Bulldogs never looked back as they came away with a 38-7 win over the Hogs. A Jefferson-Pilot Sports audience and 51,162 in attendance at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium saw the Dawgs jump out to a 24-0 first half lead as the Razorbacks suffered their worst loss since a 56-7 loss to the Florida Gators in 1997. Quarterback ROBBY HAMPTON connected with Michael Snowden for a six-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to prevent the shutout.
 
DOGS END HOG STATE STREAK:
Last year's 38-7 Georgia victory snapped a streak of 16 straight in-state victories for Arkansas, in either Fayetteville or Little Rock, and gave Houston Nutt his first home loss in 15 games as UA's head coach.
 
HOLMES PREVIEW:
The Georgia game last year was the first Arkansas played after losing Cedric Cobbs for the year and the Hogs managed just 52 yards on 26 carries. Alvin Ray started the game at tailback but Brandon Holmes showed flashes of what was to come later in the year by gaining 46 yards on 11 carries. Holmes bullied his way for 95 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries in the 17-10 win over No. 13 Mississippi State and 143 yards and a score on 42 carries in the 14-3 win over No. 24 LSU in the final two regular season games of the year.
 
SPARKY SPARKED IN LAST YEAR'S MEETING:
Receiver Sparky Hamilton matched his season high in last year's Georgia matchup with four receptions for 54 yards. He also had four catches for 65 yards at Auburn.
 
WELL-RESTED DOGS:
Georgia had an open date on Sept. 22, but with the postponement of all games scheduled on Sept. 15, the Bulldogs have been off for two weeks. UGA's last game was on Sept. 8, a — home loss to South Carolina.
 
LAST TIME OUT:
The Alabama Crimson Tide scored 21 points off four Razorback turnovers to come away with a 31-10 victory over the Hogs. Arkansas scored first, capitalizing off an Alabama fumble on the first series of the game, as BRENNAN O'DONOHOE connected on a 22-yard field. The Tide came back to take a 14-3 lead midway through the second quarter. The Razorbacks closed the gap when BRANDON HOLMES scored on a one-yard plunge to pull the Hogs within four at 14-10 shortly before the half. Alabama then took advantage of three second-half turnovers by the Razorbacks, scoring 14 of its 17 points in the half off the miscues, to pull out the 31-10 victory. Although the Razorbacks lost the game, the Hogs did produced their best offensive production of the season racking up 315 yards of offense including a season-high 209 yards through the air. The Hogs also went over the century mark on the ground, gaining 106 yards rushing.

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