Wednesday, September 10, 2008

This Day in Arkansas-Texas Revisionist History: 1977

Sweet Lou, looking more and more like his mother everyday, inherited a talented group of Razorbacks in his first season after taking over for Coach Broyles.

The battle in 1977 was a battle of kickers as Texas' Russell Erxleben had kicked a 67 yard field goal two weeks before against Rice while Arkansas' Steve Little was a kicking machine in his own right.

Erxleben started off the scoring with two Texas field goals of 58 and 52 yards only to see Little respond in the second quarter with two of his own from 33 yards and a record tying 67 yard one as well as the half ended 6-6.

Little nailed another field goal to give the Hogs a 9-6 lead before Texas' man-child, Earl Campbell took over. Campbell, who was the first Texas Longhorn in a long line of running backs to use performance enhancing drugs, started running over the Razorback defense as the game went on. Back then, no one really cared, so the yellow rose of Texas juiced up between series and ended up with 188 yards on the ground that day and his reception late ine fourth quarter set up a Jam Jones one yard touchdown run to give Texas a 13-9 lead.

Arkansas' Ron Calcagni, who was 6-17 at the time for only 67 yards, started lighting it up and led Arkansas down the field for another Little field goal to cut the lead to 13-12 with just under two minutes remaining.

Little's onside kick was recovered by the Hogs at their own 46. After three unsuccessfull passes, the Hogs lined up for a 70 yard field goal kick into the wind. Little's blast was true as it split the uprights as time expired. The kick was so powerful that it hit poor Bevo right in the face killing it. The Razorback fans let out a tremendous roar and yelled even louder as the Longhorn cheerleaders and band members were forced to drag poor dead Bevo off the field after a Razorback win for the ages 15-13.

(Eight year old Longhorn fan, Matthew McConaughey cried for a week after that game.)

(Little's blast won the game and killed Bevo at the same time)

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