Originally created 09/14/03

Arkansas revels in renewed rivalry with Texas



AUSTIN, Texas - De'Arrius Howard charged to the few sections of red-clad fans surrounded by all the burnt orange, grabbed a giant state of Arkansas flag and waved it proudly. Then he went into the end zone, plucked some orange-painted grass and tossed it aside.

The Razorbacks had just beaten their most hated rival on its home turf, a place they hadn't been in 13 years. And, even if most players weren't born when the Arkansas-Texas rivalry was in its heyday, they knew what this meant to everyone back home.

"It's the greatest game there is in the world," said coach Houston Nutt, unable to stop smiling after a 38-28 upset victory Saturday over the sixth-ranked Longhorns. "It's a special feeling to beat Texas."

Matt Jones moved the Razorbacks (2-0) through the air and on the ground, keeping them in control throughout as Arkansas beat its highest-ranked foe since 1999 and ended a 20-game home winning streak for the Longhorns (1-1).

"This team has worked too hard in the summer, in two-a-days, to let everything go down the drain in one ballgame," Texas receiver Roy Williams said. "We just want to continue what we're doing and try getting as many Ws as we can."

Arkansas answered a long, game-opening touchdown drive by Texas with one of its own, then scored again on its next series. The Razorbacks led by at least a touchdown the rest of the game, scoring after two of three fumble recoveries and limiting the Longhorns to 62 yards rushing on 29 tries, a 2.1 average.

"I'm happy, but I'm not overwhelmed," said Arkansas receiver George Wilson, who had five catches for 111 yards and a touchdown. "We didn't come down here to lose this ballgame. We knew we had a shot."

Jones' numbers - 8-of-16 passing for 139 yards and a touchdown, and 12 carries for 103 yards and a touchdown - weren't spectacular. The way he did it sometimes was.

He converted an early third-down pass despite a lineman pulling the jersey off his left shoulder. He ran for 18 yards on third-and-7 the next drive, capping it with a 9-yard touchdown run. He later dove for two yards on fourth-and-2.

In the fourth quarter, with the crowd of 83,271 fans rooting for a Texas rally, Jones took a third-and-1 bootleg keeper from his 39 to the edge of the goal line. A game-sealing field goal followed.

"I don't know if I ever remember a quarterback making so many plays - play after play after play, with people around him, breaking tackles, completing passes," Longhorns coach Mack Brown said.



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