Clas­sic matchup in the Rock

Rebels, Hogs have played some doozies through the years.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BOB HOLT

There has been one tie in the Uni­ver­sity of Ar­kan­sas’ foot­ball se­ries against Ole Miss, but the way the Ra­zor­backs and their fans fig­ure it, there should be two.

Ken Hat­field’s first game as Ar­kan­sas’ coach on Sept. 15, 1984, ended in a 14-14 tie against the Rebels at War Memo­rial Sta­dium in Lit­tle Rock.

Hat­field also was at the Ar­kan­sas-Ole Miss game at War Memo­rial Sta­dium on Oct. 22, 1960 — this time as a fan dur­ing his se­nior year at He­lena Cen­tral High School — when the Rebels won 10-7.

The Ra­zor­backs are con­vinced the game should have been a 7-7 tie.

Hat­field, a star de­fen­sive back and punt re­turner as a se­nior on the Ra­zor­backs’ 11-0 team in 1964, said he’ll be in the War Memo­rial Sta­dium stands again tonight when Ar­kan­sas plays Ole Miss for the 16th and pos­si­bly last time in Lit­tle Rock.

Fu­ture Ra­zor­backs games at War Memo­rial Sta­dium will be against Mis­souri based on an agree­ment be­tween the UA ad­min­is­tra­tion and the Ar­kan­sas De­part­ment of Parks and Tourism.

“I’m ex­cited about see­ing Ar­kan­sas play Ole Miss at least one more time in Lit­tle Rock,” Hat­field said. “We’ve had some mem­o­rable games there.”

Among the most mem­o­rable was the 1960 game, which ended on the Rebels’ 39yard field goal by Allen Green that lifted No. 2 Ole Miss to a three-point vic­tory.

The Ra­zor­backs were sure the kick was wide left and blamed ref­eree Tommy Bell for a makeup call.

Green kicked a field goal a few sec­onds be­fore his sec­ond dis­puted kick, but the first field goal didn’t count be­cause Bell called a time­out be­cause of ex­ces­sive crowd noise.

“The first kick was right down the mid­dle,” Jesse Branch, a sopho­more run­ning back and de­fen­sive back for the 1960 Ra­zor­backs, said this week. “There was no ques­tion about it.

“But when we watched film of the sec­ond kick, you can see the Ole Miss play­ers pound­ing their hands on the ground. They thought they had missed it. Then you see the ref­eree with his hands up in the air, and you’re think­ing, ‘How did this hap­pen?’ “

Af­ter Bell’s time­out negated the first Ole Miss field goal, the Ra­zor­backs be­lieved Bell sig­naled Green’s sec­ond at­tempt as be­ing good to atone for his mis­take.

“I’ve never been beaten by a field goal that wasn’t good,” Ar­kan­sas coach Frank Broyles said af­ter the game, ac­cord­ing to an Ar­kan­sas Gazette ar­ti­cle. “I knew it wasn’t any good, you knew it wasn’t any good, ev­ery­body in the park knew it wasn’t any good.

“Why, even the Ole Miss play­ers told our boys it wasn’t any good.”

Hat­field said that from his spot about 20 rows up on the east side of the sta­dium, he couldn’t tell whether Green’s sec­ond at­tempt was good.

“I was watch­ing the south end zone be­cause the peo­ple there had the best view of the kick, and they all jumped up and shouted, ‘It’s no good!’ ” Hat­field said. “Then I looked down on the field and the of­fi­cials were all run­ning for the exit.

“As soon as that kick started, they just sig­naled good, and turned and ran their butts off the field.”

Ac­cord­ing to news­pa­per re­ports, sev­eral fights broke out in the stands be­tween Ar­kan­sas and Ole Miss fans.

“I re­mem­ber there was a lot of an­i­mos­ity and yelling,” Hat­field said. “It was a melee. I wasn’t in­volved in any of the al­ter­ca­tions, but there were a lot go­ing on around me. No­body was leav­ing the sta­dium. They were want­ing the of­fi­cials

to come back on the field so they could get jus­tice.”

Hat­field said the sta­dium lights were turned off a few min­utes af­ter the game.

“There weren’t enough [se­cu­rity] peo­ple around to con­trol the crowd, and ev­ery­body was so an­gry,” Hat­field said. “They turned off the lights to quiet the crowd down and so ev­ery­body would just go home.”

Harold Hor­ton, who played for the Ra­zor­backs in 19591961, was on the side­line for Green’s game-win­ning kick.

“You just don’t think about any­thing like that hap­pen­ing in a foot­ball game, be­cause it was so ev­i­dent that the kick was wide left,” Hor­ton said this week. “That was a heartbreaker.

“You put your faith and be­lief and trust in of­fi­cials, and [Bell] wasn’t hon­est. He was just wrong. But he didn’t change his mind.”

A hap­pier Ar­kan­sas-Ole Miss mem­ory for the Ra­zor­backs in Lit­tle Rock is from the 1954 game.

Ar­kan­sas used “The Pow­der River Play” to beat No. 5 Ole Miss 6-0. The play was named af­ter a river in Wy­oming,

where Bow­den Wy­att coached be­fore lead­ing the Ra­zor­backs in 1953-1954.

Buddy Bob Ben­son, known as a run­ning quar­ter­back, caught Ole Miss by sur­prise with a 66-yard touch­down pass to Pre­ston Car­pen­ter off a fake sweep.

Car­pen­ter faked a block on the de­fen­sive end, then slipped out­side, was wide open for Ben­son’s pass and scored a touch­down with less than four min­utes left in the game.

Ed­die Brad­ford played left tackle for the Ra­zor­backs on the play.

“It was one of the big­gest and most suc­cess­ful plays in our foot­ball his­tory,” Brad­ford said this week. “The play was per­fectly ex­e­cuted.

“Buddy Bob saw Pre­ston and made a per­fect pass, and Pre­ston was big enough, strong enough and fast enough to out dis­tance the op­po­si­tion. When we scored, the fans went wild.”

The game was played in front of 38,000 — Ar­kan­sas’ first sell­out at War Memo­rial Sta­dium — and is cred­ited with cre­at­ing statewide sup­port for the Ra­zor­backs.

The Rebels were 105-16-7 be­tween 1952 and 1963 un­der coach John Vaught.

“Ole Miss was like Alabama of that time,” Hor­ton said. “Ar­kan­sas beat­ing Ole Miss in ’54 got na­tion­wide at­ten­tion.”

The Rebels beat the Ra­zor­backs 21-10 in 1913 in the teams’ first Lit­tle Rock game at West End Park, which was home to the Ar­kan­sas Trav­el­ers base­ball team.

Both teams count their 1914 game in Lit­tle Rock as a vic­tory. Ar­kan­sas claims a 1-0 for­feit be­cause Ole Miss used an in­el­i­gi­ble player. Ole Miss de­nies that charge and in its record book lists a 13-7 vic­tory.

The 1914 game, ac­cord­ing to news­pa­per re­ports, also re­sulted in Ar­kan­sas coach E.K. Pick­er­ing be­ing ar­rested af­ter he got into a fight with a pho­tog­ra­pher who he be­lieved was get­ting too close to the field.

Sev­enty years later in Lit­tle Rock, Hat­field found his Ra­zor­backs fight­ing for their lives in his first game as Ar­kan­sas’ coach.

“I was just so ex­cited stand­ing in the tun­nel get­ting ready to run out on the field and know­ing what all of our

guys were go­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence with peo­ple from ev­ery part of the state be­ing there,” said Hat­field, re­call­ing his play­ing days for the Ra­zor­backs at War Memo­rial Sta­dium. “All that adren­a­line was flow­ing. It was a moun­tain top high, but it didn’t last long.”

Ole Miss scored touch­downs on its first two pos­ses­sions to take a 14-0 lead.

“It was 14-0 be­fore we even had made a first down,” Hat­field said. “Be­ing a good ac­count­ing ma­jor, I quickly added that up and said, ‘We’re go­ing to get beat 112-0 in the open­ing game, and that ain’t real good.’ ”

Ar­kan­sas tied it 14-14 in the sec­ond quar­ter on a touch­down run by full­back Mar­shall Fore­man and Brad Tay­lor’s touch­down pass to Don­nie Cen­ters.

Nei­ther team scored in the sec­ond half.

Ole Miss had a chance for a game-win­ning field goal, but Bill Smith, from Mills, missed a 54-yard at­tempt on the fi­nal play.

This time the Ole Miss field goal at­tempt was wide right — and the of­fi­cials called it cor­rectly.

Ar­kan­sas Demo­crat-Gazette/NIKKI DAWES

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