Turns out, the B-2 Stealth Bomber was just a little bit late.
Long after the Razorbacks Marching Band finished the national anthem and Arkansas' alma mater, the B-2 Bomber from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri finally flew in from the north over Reynolds Razorback Stadium to resounding applause from the crowd.
And even though the plane was uncomfortably tardy, fans still enjoyed the flyover.
"I didn't see it inside the stadium, but as I saw it walking up to the stadium, it was really beautiful," said Marilyn Curz, a resident of Van Buren. "Things like that are really neat, I wish they had flyovers before every game."
Rich Hayes, a Kentucky fan from Lexington, Ky., said the flyover made his first experience at an Arkansas football game an even better one.
"We've got an air force base near us in Lexington, so they do stuff like that every now and again, usually when (Kentucky) plays a bad team," Hayes said. "But the flyover here was awesome. This whole stadium is awesome."
Outside Looking In
For eight years, Cliff McCloy has had the same seat while watching Arkansas football games -- outside the stadium.
Along with more than 100 other fans in the northeast corner of Reynolds Razorback Stadium, McCloy said that he prefers to stand in the narrow grassy area outside the stadium that allows fans to see action on the field for free.
"I can't stand to sit in the crowds," said McCloy, who lives in Fayetteville. "I get claustrophobic. I mean, I could get tickets, but I don't want them."
The same can be said for Phil McCarther, who enjoyed Saturday's game with his nephew, 6-year-old Keshawn Henderson, sitting on his shoulders.
"(Keshawn) has the best seat in the whole stadium," said McCarther, who lives in Little Rock. "It's great up here, but I'd rather be in the stadium. But hey, I guess the best part about this place is it's free."
UK Fans Excited About Potential
Tom Lueker certainly likes what he sees these days from his beloved Kentucky Wildcats.
Lueker, who lives in Kentucky and drove to Fayetteville on Thursday for Saturday's game, said it's fun to see the Wildcats' football team competitive again in the SEC.
"In Lexington, we're so used to our basketball team being so good," Lueker said. "But now, all of a sudden, our football team is beating ranked teams and we've got these great players. I mean, who would have ever thunk it?"
Joanna Bernardo, who was in Fayetteville for the game while visiting her son, John, said it would feel kind of weird for the Wildcats to be a major threat in the SEC.
"I have to be honest, our football team has been kind of mediocre for a while, so seeing them be competitive is a nice change," Bernardo said. "But hey, if they can keep winning, then it's great with me!"
Recruits At The Game
Several football and basketball recruits from across the country attended the game Saturday, standing on the sidelines prior to kickoff to soak in the atmosphere.
The only football player on an official visit was cornerback Greg Brown, from Cedar Hill, Texas.
Other football players on unofficial visits were sophomore Michael Dyer (Little Rock) and junior Nathan Scheelhaase (Kansas City).
Among the in-state players committed to Arkansas at Saturday's game were LaVunce Askew (Camden Fairview), Chris Gragg (Warren), Matt Hall (Russellville) and Jim Youngblood (Camden Fairview).
The three basketball players on official visits were Rotnei Clarke (Clarmore, Okla.), Keith Ramsey (Okaloosa, Fla.) and Stan Simpson (Chicago) while the two plays on unofficial visits were A.J. Walton (Little Rock) and Fred Gulley (Fayetteville).
Even the Lady'Backs basketball team has some players at Saturday's game for visits. Julie Inman (Carlisle) and Ashley Daniels (Coldwater, Miss.) were on official visits.
The two Lady'Back recruits on unofficial visits at the game were Jamesha Townsend (San Diego) and Jasmine Hartman (Houston).
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