Underdog Hogs Hold LSU To Scoreless Tie

FAYETTEVILLE — There were a lot of no-shows at the 1947 Cotton Bowl, and for good reason.

When Arkansas made its first trip to Dallas on New Year's Day 1947 to meet heavy-duty favorite LSU, only 38,000 showed up in person to watch the game.

Historians tell us, all 45,507 Cotton Bowl tickets were sold for that game, but bitterly cold temperatures and bad weather kept more than 7,000 fans at home.

Razorbacks halfback Clyde "Smackover" Scott understood why.

"The weather was terrible," Scott said. "It snowed a little bit, it rained a little bit, it did a little bit of everything."

Scott, 83, a former Olympic silver medalist in the hurdles, was one of the marquee players for Arkansas. He and his mates weren't supposed to beat mighty LSU, and they didn't.

But they didn't lose, either.

The game ended 0-0, the first scoreless tie in Cotton Bowl history. In 1959, Air Force and TCU also tied 0-0.

"I remember we were underdogs," said Scott, who earned All-American honors in 1948. "They had a great quarterback, Y.A. Tittle, who went on to be a tremendous professional player. He was a good one.

"The morning line, as I remember, was around 20 points.

"We were fortunate to hold them to a nothing-nothing tie. They were down inside our 20 at least five times and we held them every time."

As a point of fact, LSU was inside the Arkansas 10 five times in the first half, and when the game ended the Tigers were threatening again at the Arkansas 1.

Scott is credited with making the saving tackle to preserve the tie.

"Back then, Arkansas was a defensive team," Scott said. "That held true all the way through the bowl game."

As a footnote, Scott is one of only two Razorbacks players to have his number (12) retired. The other is All-American offensive lineman Brandon Burlsworth, who wore No. 77.

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