Texas Longhorns Vault: 1969 Arkansas

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Nov 10, 2012; Austin, TX, USA; A general view of the Texas Longhorns logo on the field in honor of former head coach Darrell Royal (not pictured) before a game against the Iowa State Cyclones at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

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Darrell K Royal became a legend at the University of  Texas. The game that cemented that legacy was the game of the century in 1969 when #1 Texas and #2 Arkansas played in Fayetteville, Arkansas. This game was so big that President Richard Nixon attended the game and almost half the nation tune in on television.

What was at stake?

This was the final regular season game of the season. This game was being broadcast on ABC and because this was the final game of the 1969 season, it got the attention of the entire nation. This was a rare occurrence since for most seasons Texas would end the regular season with Texas A&M. But ABC decided to move the Texas-Arkansas game to the end of the season because both Arkansas and Texas were two great teams playing at an all time high.

This game would also decide the National Championship as Richard Nixon would give the winning team a plaque and would be declared national champions.

The Game

The game began and end as a defensive struggle. But Texas started the game off with a quick turnover which lead to an Arkansas touchdown early in the first quarter. Turnovers were the story of the entire game, with Texas commiting 6 total turnovers and Arkansas only commiting 2. The Texas defense played an amazing game, holding the potent Arkansas offense to only 308 yards of total offense and a 2.3 rushing yards per play. But it wasn’t making much of a dent on the scoreboard as it was 14-0 heading into the 4th quarter.


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