When were the Hogs in the hunt in November since Lou Holtz left?



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Sometimes when I get down about Arkansas Football like I am now after losing 52-7 to South Carolina, I like to think about the years that Arkansas was still in the hunt for the national title in November. There are not that many years since Lou Holtz left that you can say that. 1998, 2006 and 2011 come to mind. In 2006 we lost to LSU in Little Rock and I was at that game. In 2011 we had a chance to beat LSU and we would be in a 3 way tie for the SEC West and possibly go to the SEC Championship game and we even started that game with two quick touchdowns to take a 14-0 lead but we could not hold on.

The best opportunity to win a national title may have been the one that we let slip through our fingers in 1998 in November in Knoxville, Tennessee.


72560375_crop_north Former Tennessee RB Travis Henry
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Every Friday, The SEC Blog will feature one classic game from the storied history of SEC football.

For almost every team that wins a national championship, there’s always that one game that stands out. That one game that’s viewed as an escape more than a win.

In 1998, the Arkansas game was “that game” for the Tennessee Volunteers.

The game matched two unbeaten teams, with the Vols sporting the No. 1 ranking while the Razorbacks were ranked No. 9.

Arkansas capitalized on two Tennessee first half turnovers to surge out to a 21-10 lead at the half, stunning the crowd of 106.365 fans at Neyland Stadium.

The two teams swapped field goals and Tennessee quarterback Tee Martin scored from four yards out to cut Arkansas’ lead to 24-20 heading into the fourth quarter.

For more than 12 minutes in the fourth quarter, the two teams weren’t able to crack the scoreboard, but it wasn’t without excitement.

Vols’ defensive back Deon Grant blocked a field goal attempt midway through the fourth, but Tennessee didn’t capitalize. Time was running out, and Arkansas looked like it was going to win this battle and keep its national championship hopes alive.

Arkansas was attempting to ice the game away with under three minutes to play, but the drive stalled and the Hogs were forced to punt from their won 41-yard line with 2:56 to play. The snap sailed over Hogs’ punter Chris Akin’s head, and Akin kicked the ball out of the end zone for a safety.

Clint Stoerner fumbles with under 2:00 to play / Photo Courtesy: Smokeys-Trail.com

Trailing 24-22, the Vols couldn’t move against Arkansas’ defense, and turned it over on downs with under two minutes to play. The Vols needed a miracle.

They got it.

Needing only one first down to put the game away, Arkansas quarterback Clint Stoerner stumbled after taking the snapped, dropped the ball on the turf, and Billy Ratliff recovered on the Hogs’ 43-yard line with 1:43 to play.

Tennessee running back Travis Henry ran five straight times, scoring the game-winning touchdown with 31 seconds left.

The 28-24 win kept Tennessee’s dream season alive, which culminated with a 23-16 win over Florida State in the Fiesta Bowl to claim the BCS National Championship.


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