Check out the cover for the game program of the Arkansas/Texas game in 1956. Arkansas shocked Texas 32-14 that day in Austin.
Arkansans know that the impending game with the Texas Longhorns, in the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl, is a grudge match rich in tradition. But the historical significance might be lost on younger generations. Here's a look at what all the frenetic fuss is about.
While the nature of the rivalry grew during the teams' respective time in the old Southwest Conference, the feud between Arkansas and Texas dates back well over a century when they faced each other for the first time on November 24, 1894. Arkansas lost to UT 54-0 that day. The teams played sporadically from then until 1929. During that stretch, the Longhorns were a perfect 13-0 against Arkansas.
In 1932, the teams began playing each other on an annual basis, as bitter SWC foes. The yearly contests would continue until the conclusion of the 1991 season when the SWC disbanded. In 1992, Arkansas joined the Southeastern Conference.
The epic rivalry was either played in Fayetteville, Arkansas or Austin, Texas up until 1936. It was in that year that Arkansas played the Longhorns for the first time in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Hogs won the game 6-0 and the victory came during the Razorbacks first winning-streak against the Longhorns. The Hogs were 4-0 against Texas from 1935 to 1938. Sadly, it's the longest winning-streak for the Razorbacks ever against Texas.
Texas dominated the Hogs over the next 15 years winning 14 of those 15 contests. In 1964, No. 9 Arkansas narrowly knocked off the top-ranked Longhorns 14-13 in Austin on the way to the Hogs first and only National Championship.
Texas has unofficially been awarded nine National Championships, but the University of Texas and the NCAA only recognize four (1963, 1969, 1970 and 2005).
In 1969, No. 1 Texas ventured to Fayetteville to play No. 2 Arkansas in front of a sellout crowd. Dubbed the "Big Shootout" and "Game of the Century," and with then President Richard Nixon in attendance, the contest saw the Longhorns come from behind late to win the game 15-14 thanks to a two-point conversion. The victory helped propel the Longhorns to their second official National Title.
While many games were highly contested over the next 22 years, the Longhorns dominated the Hogs a whopping 16-6 during that stretch. However, the teams' final match up as SWC foes went to the Hogs in 1991, 14-13. While the Hogs moved onto the SEC after, Texas ventured to the BIG 12 Conference.
Since the two teams left the SWC 23 years ago, the Hogs and Longhorns are tied 2-2 in those games played thereafter. It took nine years for the teams to renew their old rivalry, but it finally happened when both squads were invited to the 2000 Cotton Bowl.
Seniors Clint Stoerner and Anthony Lucas, with the aid of freshman running back Cedric Cobbs blew Texas off the field that day, 27-6.
In 2003, Arkansas traveled to Austin for a home-and-away series with Texas. It was the first regular season match-up for the teams, since the SWC dissolved in 1991.
No. 6 Texas was expected to handle the Hogs, but junior quarterback Matt Jones and senior running back Cedric Cobbs unleashed a potent offense that stunned the Longhorns, 38-28. The game was later dubbed the "Ambush in Austin."
No. 7 Texas got revenge in Fayetteville in 2004. The Hogs, trailing 22-20, were driving to score either a go-ahead touchdown or field go in the fourth quarter. But senior quarterback Matt Jones fumbled the football. Texas quarterback Vince Young and the Longhorns held on and took the two-point victory stunning a capacity Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
The last meeting between Arkansas and Texas came in 2008, and it was an absolute fiasco. The Hogs were powerless, as they journeyed to Austin, and were leveled 52-10.
And now the rivalry resumes once again, thanks to the upcoming 2014 Texas Bowl. This will mark the first game between the Hogs and Longhorns in six years.
Both squads finished with identical 6-6 records. Will SEC power and prestige prevail or will the long-standing tradition and dominance of the Longhorns intervene?
The Advocare V100 Texas Bowl airs Monday, December 29, 8:00 p.m. on ESPN.
BY THE NUMBERS
Texas leads the all-time series with Arkansas 56-21 in 77 games played.
Texas was a perfect 14-0 against the Hogs from 1894-1932.
Arkansas won five of six games against Texas from 1933-1938.
Texas won all 12 match-ups with the Hogs from 1939-1950.
The Longhorns have been ranked No. 1 seven times (1962-1965, 1969, 1970 and 1981) when playing Arkansas. The Hogs are 3-4 in those games.
Arkansas has NEVER been ranked No. 1 when playing Texas.
The Hogs are 6-10 against Texas in Little Rock.
Arkansas won two of their last three games in 2014. Both wins were against top 25 nationally-ranked opponents (No. 17 LSU and No. 9 Ole Miss).
The Razorbacks shut out both of the aforementioned opponents.
The Hogs gave up only a total of 21 points in their last three games of 2014.
Texas won three of their last four games of 2014.
No.6 TCU stomped the Longhorns 48-10 in Austin -- the 'Horns final game of 2014.
Arkansas lost to No. 1 Alabama by a single point on Oct. 11, 2014.