Less Fresh Faces For Hogs

FAYETTEVILLE -- Not counting special teams, only five Arkansas true freshmen were used in the first half against No. 7 Texas.

Marcus Harrison started his second straight game at bandit end. Jamaal Anderson replaced Harrison on the game's eighth play and was used sparingly in passing situations.

Anderson made a huge tackle on Texas quarterback Vince Young on a two-point conversion attempt after a Texas touchdown gave it a 22-17 lead midway through the third quarter.

Running back Peyton Hillis came in on the Hogs' second offensive play and later scored on an eight-yard run at the end of Arkansas' second possession.

Receiver Marcus Monk came in on the Hogs' fourth series and caught an 18-yard pass for a key first down early in the second quarter.

On his first play with just over five minutes to go in the half, defensive tackle Fred Bledsoe stopped Texas tailback Cedric Benson after a one-yard gain. It was quite a contrast from last Saturday's 63-13 win against New Mexico State when the Hogs played 13 true freshman.

UA Trainer Injured
Arkansas assistant strength coach Brent Lale was involved in a motorcycle accident early Saturday morning in Fayetteville. He remains in critical condition at Washington Regional Medical Center.

"The thoughts and prayers of the Razorback family are with Brent and his family," stated a release from the UA Athletic Department.

Lale is a 1997 UA graduate and is working on a master's in sports management.

A Fort Smith native, Lale is in his fifth year at Arkansas and has helped with the football, track, baseball and basketball teams. His primary duties are assisting Don Decker with football strength and conditioning and he also heads up conditioning and strength work for the baseball program.

Lale has a daughter, 2-year-old Avory Adison.

Commish Attends
Forget the president, Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive was in attendance for Saturday's game. He said the history of the Arkansas-Texas game is important for many reasons.

"It's a good nonconference game for (the SEC)," Slive said. "It's been a storied rivalry and a great rivalry for a long time so we're excited to be here.

"It's a beautiful night, with a full house ... What more could you ask for in a college football game?"

Slive, who travels to a different SEC site each weekend, also plans to attend the Arkansas-LSU game in Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium on Nov. 26.

Crowd Goes ‘Boom'
Arkansas redshirt freshman cornerback Chris Houston, who's from Austin, Texas, came up with the biggest hit of the first half.

Houston read a screen pass perfectly and leveled UT receiver Tony Jeffrey for a 1-yard loss midway through the second quarter.

When the replay came across the SmartVision screen, the record crowd of 75, 671 responded with a ‘Boom!' in unison as Houston made the hit.

The old Reynolds Razorback Stadium attendance record was 74,026, set last season during in 10-3 loss against Auburn.

Flyby
Prior to Saturday night's kickoff, four F-16 Phantoms flew over Razorback Stadium to honor Arkansans serving in the military in Iraq and Afghanistan.

All four pilots were Arkansas graduates and one was Thad Sheppard, an Arkansas cheerleader in 1994-95.

Texas' receiver Anthony Strong even got in on the act as he took the field waving an American flag.

For Starters
Redshirt freshman Payne Hall started at tight end in place of injured junior Jared Hicks, who suffered a sprained right shoulder last week against New Mexico State and did not play until the second half.

Junior Pierre Brown made his first start at inside linebacker where senior Marcus Whitmore is listed as the starter and took the field first against New Mexico State.

Jeremy Harrell, a sophomore from Texarkana, Texas, started at nose guard.


Honorary Captain
Former Razorbacks tailback Clyde "Smackover" Scott was an honorary captain for Saturday's game.

Scott is the most successful two-sport athlete in Razorback history, lettering in football and track from 1946-48. Scott garnered All-American honors in both track and football and rushed for 1463 yards on 281 attempts during his career.

Late Start
Because the South Carolina-Georgia game ran longer than expected, the start of Arkansas' game against Texas was moved back 12 minutes to 7:57 p.m., to accommodate ESPN's coverage.



DANA CALDWELL CONTRIBUTED TO THIS REPORT.

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