Former Razorbacks Relive Texas Rivalry

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FAYETTEVILE (KFSM) - The Hogs versus the Horns, it's a rivalry many former players will never forget.

"Everybody and all the fans had been anticipating that game for 364 days," defensive back ('61 - '64) Ken Hatfield said. "Every year, I mean as soon as the game was over you'd start counting down until you played again."

Ask anyone who played during the Texas versus Arkansas time, their favorite memories will all be different. But one game that stands out, 1964.

"One year, the last year, they went for a two point conversion to win the game right at the end of the game," defensive end ('63 - '65) Bobby Roper said.

"Jim Finch knocking down a two point conversion when they were number one in the nation," Hatfield said.

"Coach Royal from Texas decided to go for two and we broke it up," quarterback ('62 - '64) Bill Gray said.

That stop gave the Hogs the win, and their way to the schools only national championship. Looking back, this matchup was unlike anything else.

"You just feel different when you're playing Texas. I mean it's a whole different high going into the game. It's one that, with everything in your body in your mind and in your soul, you're going to do that to win. The worse thing to happen is to let Texas beat you," Gray said.

But, that game didn't just mean a lot to the men out on the field.

"It wasn't just the University of Arkansas playing Texas. It was the university, it was the city of Fayetteville, and it was the state of Arkansas playing against the University of Texas. And you sure didn't want to let them down," Roper said

The memories are still alive in Arkansas as this former rivalry is renewed one more time.

1 Comment

  • Triamrider

    Is there such a thing as a former Razorback? There may be such a thing as former players but even though I am a MSU Bulldog, still, a Razorback is always a Razorback right?

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