Texas Senior Calls Hogs 2003 celebration "Disrespe

FAYETTEVILLE -- The upside down Hook ‘em Horns sign coach Houston Nutt flashed after Arkansas' 27-6 win against Texas in the 2000 Cotton Bowl grabbed headlines last September.<br><br>The celebration in the North End Zone of Darrell Royal Memorial Stadium after the Hogs' 38-28 upset win in Austin last season has ruffled a few feathers this week.

The Arkansas-Texas rivalry, which will continue Saturday night at 7:45 in Reynolds Razorback Stadium, wouldn't be complete without pregame banter and a small dose arrived Monday. Texas senior receiver Tony Jeffrey said he and his teammates believe Arkansas' post-game actions after snapping the Longhorns' 20-game home winning streak were disrespectful."

"It was a tough pill to swallow when we lost," Jeffrey said. "We felt like it was very disrespectful. But it happened and we're looking forward to the game this weekend."

Jeffrey didn't elaborate on specifics, but some of the lasting images included tailback De'Arrius Howard's celebration in the stands with Arkansas fans, which appeared in newspapers around the country. Several players posed for pictures in front of the scoreboard, flashed upside down Hook ‘Em Horns signs and dug up pieces of the turf long after Texas had left the field.

And then there was the appearance of Arkansas' state flag, which players paraded around the same end zone and planted in the dirt during the post-game celebration.

"If they want to bring a Texas flag up here and, if they win, they can stick it in the ground that's fine." said Arkansas quarterback Matt Jones, who has thrived on taking a laid-back approach to most things in his career. "I don't think anybody really worries about that. I think it's just a football game."

The Razorbacks dominated Texas in the trenches last season, winning their third consecutive game in the series behind a physical offensiveline and punishing defense. But Nutt, who is 2-0 against Texas, said the Hogs didn't do anything after the game meant to belittle Texas.

"We're not trying to disrespect their team because we have a lot of respect for their team," Nutt said. "We had a lot of our fans there.

It's just jubilation and the happiness of winning. It's why you coach and why you play.

"It was just a great day for us and again, not trying to rub anybody's nose in the ground or try to belittle somebody else's program. That wasn't the intent at all."

Defensive end Jeb Huckeba said the Hogs won't spend a "lot of time worrying" about whether they've motivated Texas because of the celebration. Huckeba said Arkansas simply worked hard for a big win and had fun afterward, but didn't intend to make "any of those things personal."

Several Texas players may have the images burned inside their heads, but senior linebacker Derrick Johnson said it's important to remember they won't affect the outcome of Saturday's game.

"I saw a couple of (pictures)," Johnson said. "I didn't save any. That was a bitter taste they left in our mouth last year. We have a lot of respect for Arkansas. That's kind of like the thing to do, if you beat Texas or you don't like Texas, you put the Horns down. That has nothing to do with our game."

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