Arkansas vs. Oklahoma

Arkansas will make its fourth straight bowl appearance under head coach Houston Nutt when the Razorbacks face Oklahoma at the 2002 SBC Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.

The Hogs will be making their 10th appearance in the Cotton Bowl. Arkansas and Oklahoma will meet on New Year's Day at 10 a.m. CT at the Cotton Bowl in a game televised nationally by Fox.UA BOWL HISTORY: Arkansas will be making its 32nd trip to a postseason bowl game when the Hogs travel to Dallas, Texas to play Oklahoma in the 2002 SBC Cotton Bowl.

The Razorbacks are 10-18-3 in their previous 31 bowl appearances including a 31-14 loss last season to UNLV at the Las Vegas Bowl. Arkansas' last bowl victory came in 2000 when the Hogs topped Texas 27-6 in the Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. The win over the Longhorns was the first UA bowl win since 1985.

FOUR IN A ROW: Arkansas has advanced to four straight bowl games for only the fourth time in school history.

Houston Nutt has led his squads to appearances in the 1999 Florida Citrus Bowl, the 2000 Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl, the 2001 Las Vegas Bowl and this year's SBC Cotton Bowl. He is only the third coach in UA history to lead the Hogs to a bowl game in his first four seasons. Ken Hatfield and Lou Holtz are the others. The Razorbacks have recorded six straight bowl bids twice in their history. Holtz guided the Hogs to six consecutive bowl bids from 1977-82 while Hatfield equaled the feat from 1984-89.

Former UA head coach and current athletic director Frank Broyles led the Razorbacks to four postseason berths in a row from 1959-60.

COTTON BOWL HISTORY: For the 10th time in school history, including the second time in the past three seasons, Arkansas will conclude its season at the Cotton Bowl.

The Razorbacks will be playing in the Cotton Bowl for a school record 10th time, easily outdistancing the Hogs' next most frequent bowl destination, the Sugar Bowl (5).

The Hogs are 3-5-1 in their previous nine trips to the Cotton Bowl including a 27-6 win over Texas in their last visit on Jan. 1, 2000. Arkansas' other victories in the game came in 1965 and 1976. The 1965 win over Nebraska capped a perfect season and secured the only football national championship in UA history.

LAST TIME AT THE COTTON BOWL: A rivalry born in 1894 and discontinued when Arkansas left the Southwest Conference following the 1991 season was reborn on the first day of the year 2000 when the Razorbacks shocked old nemesis Texas 27-6 in the Cotton Bowl at Dallas.

In over 100 years of football the Longhorns never had been held to negative rushing yardage, but it happened in the Cotton Bowl as the Razorbacks used a season high eight quarterback sacks to hold Texas to minus 27 yards on the ground. It was the first time the Hogs had ever held a bowl opponent to minus rushing yardage.

Freshman Cedric Cobbs also established a bowl first for Arkansas. He snapped a 3-3 tie in the third quarter when he took Clint Stoerner's lob pass and turned it into a 30-yard touchdown. In the fourth quarter, he sparked a 17-point Razorback avalanche with a 37-yard sprint down the sidelines. He became the first Hog ever to score rushing and pass receiving touchdowns in the same bowl game.

Cobbs was the game's outstanding offensive player after rushing for 98 yards on just 15 carries. Senior lineman D.J. Cooper was the game's outstanding defensive player after making five tackles, including two of the sacks.

The first half was a defensive struggle with field goals by Arkansas' Tony Dodson and Texas' Kris Stockton producing the only points. A 47-yard bomb from Clint Stoerner to Anthony Lucas helped the Hogs advance from their own one-yard line to midfield. The bomb set up Cobbs' first score of the day.

Trailing 10-3, Texas marched back to the Arkansas one-yard line, but was stopped on three consecutive plays and settled for a field goal.

Arkansas quickly retaliated with an 86-yard drive that finished when Michael Jenkins bolted 42 yards for a score. After Cobbs scored again, Dodson added another field goal.

It was the only the third time Arkansas held a bowl opponent without a touchdown. The victory ended a seven-bowl losing streak for the Razorbacks and was the first bowl win for UA head coach Houston Nutt.

THE OKLAHOMA SERIES: Arkansas and Oklahoma will meet on the gridiron for the 15th time when the two teams meet in Dallas, Texas. Oklahoma leads the series record with a 9-4-1 mark.

The first meeting between the two schools came in 1899 with the Sooners claiming an 11-5 victory in a game played at Shawnee, Okla. The two most recent meetings between the Razorbacks and Sooners have come in the Orange Bowl. Arkansas shocked Oklahoma with a 31-6 win at the 1978 Orange Bowl. The Sooners downed the Hogs 42-8 at the 1987 Orange Bowl.


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