2006 Razorback Football Results (part 1)

In 2006 my son Hunter told me after the whipping we took against USC that Arkansas would not lose again the rest of the regular season. I laughed and told him that he was dreaming. Eleven games later we stood the whole game as the #6 Razorbacks lost a close game in Little Rock to the LSU Tigers to finish 10-2 on the year. The Hogs had a chance to stay in the national title hunt until they lost that second game the last day of the regular season. In fact, they only lost to top 5 teams that year. One of the biggest victories down the stretch was over the 13th ranked Tennesseee Vols in Fayetteville.  ESPN’s gameday was in town. Here is a recap of the games that year from Wikipedia:

Game notes

USC

  1 2 3 4 Total
USC 3 13 14 20 50
Arkansas 0 7 0 7 14

USC and Arkansas both came into the game with a number of question marks, as USC had lost stars Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart to the NFL, and Arkansas’s star running back Darren McFadden was injured in an off-field incident. Although the game was close until the latter minutes of the second quarter, a combination USC’s high-powered offense wearing out Arkansas’s defense, and running back Felix Jones’ three fumbles, stretched the margin in the second half to the final score.
Robert Johnson was removed as the starting quarterback this week, replaced by Mitch Mustain.

Utah State

  1 2 3 4 Total
Utah State 0 0 0 0 0
Arkansas 0 14 6 0 20

After the Razorback’s hard loss at home against the USC Trojans, the Hogs were looking to bounce back against Utah State. Mustain had replaced Johnson as the starting quarterback, but the Arkansas offense stalled early, losing a fumble at the Aggie 1-yard line. But under the shoulders of McFadden and Jones, Arkansas bounced back for 3 touchdowns. The Arkansas defense played valiantly in showing of revenge for the embarrassment of the previous game, and the offense, while not up to form, still played well.

Vanderbilt

  1 2 3 4 Total
Arkansas 7 7 7 0 21
Vanderbilt 7 6 0 6 19

In Week 3, Arkansas traveled to Vanderbilt University for its first away game of the season. This game proved to be a good early match against two teams not predicted to fare well in SEC play. The game began with alternating possessions, but neither team took a large lead. But at the end of the first half, a busted extra point attempt by the Commodores gave Arkansas a 14-13 lead. During the fourth quarter, Arkansas and Vanderbilt both scored, but because of Vanderbilt’s situation, they opted to go for a two point conversion, and failed. Although they got one last possession, a missed field goal ended Vanderbilt’s chance of victory.

Alabama

  1 2 3 4 OT 2OT Total
#22 Alabama 0 10 0 7 0 6 23
Arkansas 3 0 14 0 0 7 24

The Crimson Tide offense (white) backed up on their goalline.

This game was well played by both teams playing evenly matched with Alabama leading at halftime 10-3. However Arkansas bounced back with a touchdown from Darren McFadden and a fumble return for a touchdown by Randy Kelly, making the score 17-10 at the end of the third quarter in favor of the Razorbacks. Alabama answered by scoring a touchdown in the fourth, tying the game and eventually sending it into overtime. During regulation, Alabama kicker Leigh Tiffin had missed two field goal attempts wide right. And after a scoreless first overtime, the Crimson Tide scored but again missed the extra point. On the next series quarterback Mitch Mustain threw a touchdown pass to tight end Ben Cleveland to tie the game, and the Razorbacks won it with a completed extra point by Jeremy Davis.

Auburn

  1 2 3 4 Total
Arkansas 10 7 7 3 27
#2 Auburn 0 10 0 0 10

In an SEC West bout, the Arkansas Razorbacks visited the #2 ranked Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Hogs scored first with a 34 yard field goal by Jeremy Davis to make it 3-0 with 7:56 left in the first quarter. Arkansas scored again with a 50 yard pass from Mitch Mustain to Marcus Monk to make it a surprising 10-0 lead with 3:43 remaining in the first quarter. On the first play of the second quarter Auburn countered with a 24 yard TD strike from Brandon Cox to Rodgeriqus Smith to make the score 10-7. With 5:00 left to go in the first half, Arkansas came back with Darren McFadden running for a 63 yard TD making it 17-7. However, Auburn kicker John Vaughn kicked a 36 yard field goal to make the score 17-10 with 1:50 remaining in the first half. After the half, it was all Arkansas as their defense kept Auburn from scoring. With 4:54 left in the third quarter Felix Jones ran in a 1 yard TD. And with 3:34 left in the game, Arkansas sealed it with a 22 yard field goal from Jeremy Davis. With the win the Hogs had control of their own destiny in the SEC West.

Southeast Missouri State

  1 2 3 4 Total
Southeast Missouri State 0 0 7 0 7
#23 Arkansas 14 28 14 7 63

On Arkansas’ homecoming they faced the Redhawks from Southeast Missouri State. From the get-go, it was clear Arkansas was going to dominate this game. Darren McFadden scored the first two touchdowns making it 14-0 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter the Hogs burst wide open and scored four touchdowns; two coming from Felix Jones and one coming from Michael Smith, and an interception return by DT Keith Jackson. At the Half, the score was 42-0. The Hogs scored three times in the second half, with the Redhawks only score coming in the third quarter by a 8 yard run from John Radney. The final score was 63-7.

Ole Miss

  1 2 3 4 Total
Ole Miss 0 3 0 0 3
#18 Arkansas 14 7 7 10 38

In an SEC West match, #18 Arkansas Razorbacks squared off with the Ole Miss Rebels at Razorback Stadium. Felix Jones returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown making the score 7-0. Darren McFadden ran in the next score from 4 yards to make the score 14-0 with 9:43 left in the first quarter. Peyton Hillis scored from 1 yard out to make it 21-0 with 8:27 left in the second quarter. Ole Miss scored a field goal by Joshua Shene from 27 yards out to make it 21-3. After the half, Darren McFadden scored with a 70 yard screen pass from Mitch Mustain making it 28-3. In the fourth, Arkansas scored on a Jeremy Davis field goal and a London Crawford touchdown catch making it 38-3 at the final. With this win, Arkansas became bowl eligible after a two year absence.

Louisiana-Monroe

  1 2 3 4 Total
#14 Arkansas 7 16 14 7 44
Louisiana-Monroe 7 0 0 3 10

The 14th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks returned to Little Rock to face the Sun Belt’s Louisiana Monroe Warhawks. The Warhawks struck first with a 17 yard pass from Kinsmon Lancaster to Lagregory Sapp for a TD. With the score 7-0, the warhawks were fired up. With 7:41 left in the first quarter, Felix Jones rushed in a 7 yard TD, however Jeremy Davis missed the extra point to make the score 7-6. Arkansas scored in the second quarter with a 12 yard TD pass from Mitch Mustain to Marcus Monk, and completed a two point conversion to make it 14-7. With 4:14 left in the first half, the Warhawks’ Calvin Dawson was tackled in their own endzone for a safety making it 16-7. Nearing the end of the first half, RB Darren McFadden threw a 10 yard TD pass to Wes Murphy. The score at the Half was 23-7. In the third quarter, Darren McFadden rushed 18 yards for a touchdown but was flagged for excessive celebration. The penalty was counted on the extra point and Jeremy Davis missed it and the score was 29-7. Later, Mitch Mustain threw a 12 yard TD pass to Marcus Monk, and a two point conversion made it 37-7. In the fourth, Michael Smith rushed for a 3 yard TD to make it 44-7. The Warhawks scored a field goal late in the game to make the final 44-10.

South Carolina

  1 2 3 4 Total
#12 Arkansas 7 16 3 0 26
South Carolina 3 3 7 7 20

The 12th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks went on the road to face a dangerous South Carolina Gamecocks team at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina. The Gamecocks scored on their second drive with a field goal from 3 yards by Ryan Succop after an interception gave South Carolina great field position. Arkansas countered with a 43 yard TD run from Darren McFadden making the score 7-3 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, Darren McFadden rushed for a 14 yard TD to make the score 14-3. With 9:19 remaining in the first half, the Gamecocks scored another field goal from Ryan Succop to make it 14-6. Arkansas then blocked a punt and the Gamecocks recovered it in their own endzone for a safety to make it 16-6. And with 0:02 left in the first half, Casey Dick through a 50 yard hail- mary that was tipped off two Gamecock defenders and into the hands of Marcus Monk to make it 23-6 going into the half. During the half, Steve Spurrier replaced Gamecock quarterback Syvelle Newton with Blake Mitchell who came out swingin’. After an Arkansas field goal, Mitchell threw 13 yard TD pass to Kevin McKinley to make it 26-13 at the end of the third. In the fourth, Mitchell threw a 10 yard TD pass to Sydney Rice to make it 26-20. After a missed field goal by Arkansas, Mitchell drove the field in an attempt to win the game but was intercepted by Darius Vinnet to make the final 26-20. In this game Houston Nutt switched quarterback Mitch Mustain with Casey Dick.

Tennessee

  1 2 3 4 Total
#13 Tennessee 0 7 0 7 14
#11 Arkansas 7 21 0 3 31

ESPN’s College Game Day came to Fayetteville this week to host the matchup between the 11th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks and the 13th ranked Tennessee Volunteers. In the first quarter, Casey Dick through a 10 yard TD pass to Marcus Monk for a 7-0 lead. In the second quarter, Darren McFadden ran 17 yards for a TD to make it 14-0. Tennessee bounced back with a 27 yard TD pass from Jonathan Crompton to Robert Meachem to make the score 14-7. With 6:51 remaining in the half, Darren McFadden threw a 12 TD pass to Marcus Monk to make it 21-7. Darren McFadden also ran in a 5 yard TD score to end the half with a score of 28-7. After a scoreless third quarter Arkansas hit a 28 yard field goal while Jonathan Crompton hit Bret Smith for a 39 yard TD pass late in the game to make the final 31-14.

University of tennessee football Coach Phillip Fulmer signals for a time out during an October 9, 1993 game against Arkansas.

Photo by HEATHER STONE/KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL

University of tennessee football Coach Phillip Fulmer signals for a time out during an October 9, 1993 game against Arkansas.

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