There were so many memorable moments in Razorback History I could have chosen for this article. Whether it was McFadden ripping through defenses, Arkansas upsetting Oklahoma in the ’78 Orange Bowl or the numerous amount of punt returns Joe Adams took for touchdowns Arkansas has plenty of great moments to relive. However, these five plays ultimately led to a Razorback win or an unfortunate loss. These plays will be carved in the memory of every Razorback fan forever with them being told to the next generation of Hog fans to come. Here are your most memorable plays in Razorback history voted by fans this past week:
There were so many individual plays to choose from. Here was my personal favorite that just missed out on the list, Darren McFadden’s 74 yard touchdown run v.s. LSU in 2007.
McFadden ultimately rushed for 206 yards and a touchdown to upset eventual national champions, LSU Tigers. On this play McFadden ran to the left side and after breaking a tackle and fleeing from diving LSU tacklers, quarterback Casey Dick finished the run off with a pancake block of pursuing Tiger safety, Chad Jones. Arkansas went on to win 50-48 in 3OT in head coach, Houston Nutt’s final game.
5) Ruston Rifle downs Duke
With under one minute remaining in the National Championship game against the basketball blue blood, Duke Blue Devils, Arkansas brought the ball up and with five seconds left on the shot clock the play looked dead. Dillard bobbled the pass from the post, composed himself and with three seconds left on the shot clock, passed the ball to Scotty Thurman. With one second left on the shot clock, Thurman rises high for the shot and hits it for the lead and eventual game-clinching shot for the 1994 National Championship.
4) The Pop Fly
It does not matter what you want to call it, the 2018 Razorback baseball team were one out from winning the 2018 College World Series against Oregon State. Up 3-2 with one out remaining, Cadyn Grenier was at the plate with a 1-1 count. Matt Cronin winds up and Grenier pops it into foul territory. Three Razorbacks ran for the pop fly, Carson Shaddy, Jared Gates and Eric Cole running from their positions all over or under ran the pop up that fell to the ground between all three players. The Razorbacks missed their chance to seal the game and win the championship. This loss stung because the Razorback fans of all sports are hungry for a winner and show an unimaginable amount of passionate and support when their team is only mediocre.
3) The Miracle on Markham 2002
Down 20-14, the Razorbacks were down to :20 left in the fourth quarter to win. Quarterback, Matt Jones took the field looking to make another miracle play as he had done his whole career. Jones rolled left, looked right and found a receiver in Richard Smith to the 31 yard line. Arkansas looked to make one more miracle pass for the win. This time it was to DeCori Birmingham in the endzone to tie the ball game at 20. The Razorbacks won 21-20 and punched their ticket to the SEC Championship game against Georgia.
2) 4th and 25
It was a cold, wet day in Oxford, MS on this November afternoon. If Ole Miss wins, the Rebels held their SEC Championship game destiny in their own hands. The ball game looked as if it were over. The Rebels only needed to stop the Hogs on 4th and 25 to win the game in overtime. It was simple, keep everything in front of you and get out of the game one win closer to a championship game appearance. The Razorbacks had another thing in mind, find a way to stay in the game. They did, via a lateral, recovery and first down pickup. The Razorbacks would win the ball game three plays and a two-point conversion later.
- Houdini’s Greatest Trick
This list would not be complete with the absolute greatest and most improbable punt return touchdown ever. Razorback athlete, Joe Adams, was back awaiting to return another routine punt. With a couple of missed tackles and roaming back ten yards, Adams changed directions, found a hole and saw open field ahead to engineer the most memorable play in Razorback history.
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