Questionable calls between Arkansas and SEC opponents

In the last 5 minutes of this video you can see some key plays from the 1971 Liberty Bowl and it shows Tom Reed recovering the ball for the hogs.

There are lots of questionable calls in the past and at the bottom of this post you will find a fine article from Arkansas Sports 360 on them. The biggest mistake in the past in my view is from the 1971 Liberty Bowl between Arkansas and Tennessee when clearly Tom Reed can be seen recovering the fumbe for Arkansas but the ball was given to the Vols. Here are some more details on the game below:

Ferguson lofted a screen to Jon Richardson, who was hit hard by Graham and fumbled, resulting in a broken wrist for the Hog tailback. Just where and under whom the fumble went is a mystery only to be solved by the most instant of instant replays. Some stories had the ball going out of bounds, others said Tom Reed recovered. Tennessee claimed it was sub-tackle Carl Witherspoon, and the scoreboard later agreed, though half the stadium didn’t.  Arkansas did not like the call, to say the least, and it gave the Vols momentum. This was momentum leading to a 17-yard scoring romp by previously injured fullback Curt Watson. He eluded all red shirts around his own right end, and deadlocked the game at 13-13. Hunt put on the clincher at the 1:56 mark (video).

 

Arkansas tried a last-ditch effort, driving 20 yards before Ferguson’s second-down bomb intended for Hodge found its way into the hands of UT defender, Eddie Brown, and the Liberty Howl was over. And so was the 1971 football season for 51,110 fans in Memphis Memorial Stadium

 
 

 
George Silvey (far right) carries for Tennessee
 

 
Jim Hodge catches TD from Joe Ferguson (above) then celebrates with teammate (below)

 
 

 
Tennessee’s Curt Watson on winning TD run

 
 Attendance– 51,110 

Scoring Summary

 

First Quarter

UT- Rudder 2 run (Hunt kick)

 

Second Quarter

UA- Hodge 36 yard pass from Ferguson (McClard kick)

 

Fourth Quarter

UA- FG McClard 19

UA- FG McClard 30

UT- Watson 17 run (Hunt kick)

 

Individual Statistics

Rushing

UA- Saint 17-71, Richardson 13-38, Hodge 1-12, Morton 11-48

UT- Chancey 12-34, Rudder 5-18, Silvey 2-3, Watson 11-39

Passing

UA- Ferguson 18-28-200

UT- Maxwell 10-20-120, Rudder 1-1-22

Receiving-

UA- Hodge 6-75, Ettinger 5-53, Richardson 6-48, Nichols 1-24

UT- Rudder 2-10, Love 3-37, Thompson 2-16, Theiler 3-53, Silvey 1-26

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Questionable calls at Florida in 2009 cost the Razorbacks a win and drew the ire of then coach Bobby Petrino.
Image by Mark Wagner

Questionable calls at Florida in 2009 cost the Razorbacks a win and drew the ire of then coach Bobby Petrino.

This football season marks the 21st for the Razorbacks as members of the SEC. Having completed two decades in the league it seemed worth reflecting on how far the program has come. Which victories over the last 20 years were the sweetest? Were there losses that hurt more than others? What coaching decisions still have folks scratching their heads? ArkansasSports360.com assembled a panel aimed at answering these questions. We have our list and we’d love to hear yours.

No. 8 on our moments you would love to forget …

Shady Stripes In Florida
When it happened:
Oct. 17, 2009
Who we remember: Referee Marc Curles, Coaches Bobby Petrino and Urban Meyer, Tim Tebow, Ryan Mallett, Malcolm Sheppard, CBS announcers Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson.
Why we’d like to forget: A few games in Arkansas history (Ole Miss in 1960, SMU in 1982) seemed known more for the officiating that appeared to determine the outcome than for the play on the field. Arkansas seemed on the verge of knocking off No. 1 Florida in Gainesville in 2009 if not for some odd officiating by a crew led by Marc Curles. That the SEC league office would suspend the crew for three weeks following the game indicated that if it wasn’t an outright “hosing,” at least the SEC believed the bad officiating deserved more than a reprimand.

Countless plays — late hits out of bounds that weren’t flagged, unusual spotting of the football that appeared favorable toward the home team, etc. — had the small Arkansas contingent in The Swamp, not to mention head coach Bobby Petrino, upset. The Hogs seized the momentum in the second quarter and constantly frustrated Gators’ Heisman Trophy quarterback Tim Tebow. However, it was one play in the fourth quarter that even the CBS announcing crew found outlandish, and they harped on it even after the game was over.

Arkansas defensive lineman Malcolm Sheppard was whistled for a personal foul by the officials, though video replay showed that he appeared to be legally taking on a Florida offensive lineman blocking 20 yards away from the play. The call kept alive a tying fourth-quarter drive by the Gators, and Florida would then win on a late march, also aided by questionable spotting leading to a short field goal, 23-20.

Arkansas had the sympathy of the nation after that loss — maybe for the first time when Hog fans had screamed foul — because it allowed Florida to remain unbeaten on its collision course with the unbeaten Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship Game. There, Tebow’s magic ran out. Marc Curles’ crew was nowhere to be seen that weekend.

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