Beating Texas would have been good enough for Arkansas fans. Seeing the Razorbacks score often and pound Longhorns quarterbacks and running backs only made it better.
Cedric Cobbs scored on a 30-yard catch and a 37-yard run and Michael Jenkins had a 42-yard touchdown run, all in the second half, as No. 24 Arkansas returned to the Cotton Bowl and defeated No. 14 Texas, 27-6, today.
"Very few Arkansas teams have beaten Texas, much less 27-6--that's awesome," Razorbacks Coach Houston Nutt said. "To beat Texas in the Cotton Bowl is something our program and our fans will never forget."
Arkansas (8-4), which ended a seven-game bowl losing streak that dated from December 1985, broke open a tight game by scoring on four consecutive drives in the third and fourth quarters.
The defense came up big, too, making eight sacks and holding the Longhorns (9-5) to minus-27 yards rushing--the worst in school history. Arkansas also had a goal-line stand that kept Texas from tying the game at 10.
The Longhorns, whose leading receiver and top defensive lineman were suspended Thursday, ended the season with three straight losses. They didn't score an offensive touchdown over the final 10 quarters.
"It was a bad day at the ranch," Texas Coach Mack Brown said. "We got whipped."
The game began like one of the old-time Texas-Arkansas clashes, when teams kept the ball on the ground and fought for field position as much as points. It was tied at 3 at halftime, although it had more to do with bad offenses than good defenses.
The Razorbacks began taking control early when Chris Chalmers took the Longhorns out of field goal range with a third-down sack, stalling Texas's first drive.
The punt pinned the Razorbacks at their 3, and the next two plays were nearly safeties. But quarterback Clint Stoerner bailed them out with a 47-yard pass to Anthony Lucas, then a few plays later he threw the scoring pass to Cobbs.
The Longhorns answered by driving to the Razorbacks 1, but the defense stopped them on first and second downs, then pushed them back to the 5 on third down. Texas settled for a short field goal.
Then Jenkins, a little-used senior, took his first carry of the day for a touchdown and Cobbs ran for his score on Arkansas' next offensive play. Tony Dodson capped the final drive with a 27-yard field goal.
Making a Stand
Arkansas had eight sacks and held Texas to minus-27 yards rushing--worst in Longhorns history. Razorbacks, who scored on four straight possessions in second half, also made a goal-line stand when game was close.