How did the Texas Bowl turn out?

This is a for fun exercise. We don’t have the Texas Bowl since TCU “opted out.” And, that’s how I view it.

I was so excited to see the game. I dearly wanted the bowl to happen. I thought Arkansas was primed for a good performance and know players were excited to play.

So given that we don’t have a bowl, I’d encourage you to write a game result. I don’t mean a score. Write how the game transpired. It might show up somewhere and be fun for a lot of people.

I know we have some creative people here. Go for it.

You know how Gary Patterson is always hitching up his britches on the sideline? For everyone’s reference:

After Franks’ sixth touchdown pass Patterson plumb forgot the hitch and the things fell down to his knees revealing his Sponge Bob underwear. The few TCU fans were in the middle of the Go Frogs hand sign. image
The sight of Patterson’s undies so shocked them they now have permanent arthritis.

The Hogs won by a large margin. I would post a picture of the scoreboard but my wife says it’s not nice to post dirty pictures.


HOUSTON, Texas – Feleipe Franks threw four touchdown passes, three to Treylon Burks, as the Arkansas Razorbacks upset the Texas Christian Horned Frogs Thursday night 45-24 in the Mercari Texas Bowl at NRG Stadium, the final game of pandemic-plagued 2020.

Franks, a graduate transfer from Florida who has not said if he will return for a possible sixth year of college football, led the Hogs (4-7) on scoring drives on their first four possessions. He found Burks on a 42-yard scoring play to end the first drive, directed a march capped off by a Trelon Smith 9-yard run, hit tight end Blake Kern on a 12-yard scoring pass for a 21-0 lead and followed that with a 75-yard bomb to Burks on the first play after TCU scored to cut it to 21-7.

Burks made a spectacular one-handed catch on third down to make it 38-24 late in the third quarter, and the Arkansas defense put the finishing touches on the game when Jalen Catalon intercepted a Max Duggan pass and returned it 65 yards for the game’s final score.

Franks, who was named Most Valuable Player of the game, completed 24 of 30 passes for 375 yards to set an Arkansas school record for passing yardage in a bowl game, breaking a mark set in 1970 by Bill Montgomery in a Sugar Bowl loss to Ole Miss. Franks also broke the Arkansas record for passing accuracy for a season, completing 69.8 percent of his passes.

Burks finished with 9 catches for 195 yards, setting another Arkansas bowl record. Smith rushed for 122 yards as the Hogs rolled up 534 total yards.

Duggan threw for one TD and ran for another, but the Frogs (6-5) committed three turnovers and their secondary could not contain Burks and the Arkansas passing game. Senior linebacker Grant Morgan forced and recovered a fumble and batted down a fourth-down pass as the Frogs attempted a second-half comeback.


Jeff…you’ve still got it.

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Thanks. Kinda fun. Except for covering that NCAA women’s soccer match in 2018 over here (hampered by horrible WiFi at the stadium; I had to file my story from the terminal at RDU), I haven’t written on deadline in a very long time.

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I can’t believe the Texas player slowed up within 5 yards of the end zone and Clark pulled a Don Bebe, stripping the ball and getting us the ball back, down 7 with 4 minutes left.

After that, the game speaks for itself. If Knox doesn’t pull in that 4th and 19 jump ball, Franks doesn’t hit Burks in the end zone and Kerns doesn’t catch the 2pt conversion for the win.

Personally, I didn’t agree with Sam’s call to go for two, but since it worked out I guess it’s fine.

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Game started fast and furious with both teams coming out gunning … TCU struck first scoring a rushing TD after back to back QB scrambles…Ark responded with a 45 yard bomb to Mike Woods… both teams each settle for FGs on the next 2 possessions and quarter 1 ends in a 10-10 tie… defense stiffness for both teams and put are exchanged on the next two possessions for each team , until Arkansas’s electric Burks takes a punt to the house breaking the 10-10 tie…Arkansas fails on the extra point attempt and the score is 16-10 Hogs … TCU responds with scoring drive mixing both run and pass and goes up on a 15 yard TD pass taking a 17-16 lead… on the following kickoff TCU rolls the dice and catches Arkansas napping, and recovers an on side kick … TCU hits a mid range FG as the half expires … going to locker room up 20-16… Arkansas receives the second half kickoff and a face mask call on TCU give the hogs the Ball at the 48… Franks hits Smith out of the backfield for 22… Burks on the reverse for the final 26 , Arkansas is successful on the 2 point play and our score is 24-20 …TCU matches the ensuing kickoff down to the Arkansas 25 where the drive stalls and they settle for the FG on 4th six… however it’s a fake that appears to be stopped , however Arkansas’s Jalen Catalon is called for targeting… play goes to a both review and is overturned… First down Hogs … in a surprising move Arkansas sends in Freshman QB and Houston Native Malik Hornsby and the Freshman shakes loose around the left sideline for a long TD run and the Razorbacks are up 31-20 going into the 4th quarter…after punts by both teams , TCU finds some success running on back to back first downs and hits a nice play action pass to the ark 28. Failing to get a first down TCU settles for a FG which is good and keeps them in a one score game 31-23 Razorbacks… under 7 mins left in the 4th… Frank’s comes back out to lead the hogs and picks up back to back first downs on QB draws… Arkansas is in good shape up 8 under 4 mins when we are called for holding and have to attempt a long FG… which is wide right … TCU Ball down 8 with 2 TOs TCU picks up 17 on a QB scramble… TCUs first down pass is incomplete, 2nd and 3rd down passes are deflected, setting up 4th down hail marry … TCU completes the pass to the 2 yard line and is tacked as time expires … ARKANSAS wins 31-23 and goes screaming into the off season…

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Would’ve loved to have seen that game. Well done, Jeff.

Keep them coming. Perfect.

… during a scramble for a loose ball, referee Mark Curles (who was brought in to call the game at the request of the Big 12 office) was knocked silly for a moment as Jalen Catelon and Grant Morgan dove on the pile. Momentarily stunned, Curles forgot which team was Arkansas and called targeting on all 11 TCU defensive starters. When TCU Coach Gary Patterson called him over to voice his objection, Curles mistook him for Larry Culpepper from those awful soft drink ads several years ago and ordered a Dr. Pepper. Culpepper, uh, Patterson declined to provide it and Curles tossed him from the game. Patterson hitched up his pants and left. Curles then awarded a touchdown to Auburn (even though they weren’t playing), called a late-hit penalty on Oklahoma (who played Florida the night before) before being escorted from the field. Oh, Arkansas won 45-17.


Houston Texass - Last night in a replay of the old Southwest Conference days the Arkansas Razorbacks played the TCU Horned Frogs in the Texas Bowl. Historically TCU was a cupcake game for the fighting Razorbacks. And true to form the Porkers stayed on script winning 45-0. Feleipe Franks led the way with 4 TD passes 3 of those to Treylon Burks. The defensive player of the game was Hudson Clark a former walk on who had 3 interceptions two of which were run back for touchdowns. The lone FG was kicked by Cole Hedland who was granted special eligibility from the NCAA to atone for his pitiful performance against TCU in 2017.

Late in the game Coach Gary Patterson was given an unsportsmanlike penalty for mooning referee Marc Curls. After the game Coach Patterson said he just forgot to hitch up his pants and they fell just down. Late in the game Curles was heard apologizing to Patterson for not being able to stop the fighting Razorbacks.

Coach Tom Herman of Texass was spotted in the press box scouting the Hogs for the September 11, 2021 game in Fayetteville. He was last seen walking out of the stadium mumbling to himself as the strains of “Oh Lord it’s hard to be humble when you’re an Arkansas Razorback” echoing in the background.


Well done, @LoudLoyd, well done.

And Jeff, you haven’t lost a beat.


Houston (AP) - In the final game of a year most would like to forget, Arkansas senior quarterback Feleipe Franks turned in a performance that few Razorback fans will soon forget. Franks began the game 7-7 as the underdog Hogs built a quick 14-0 lead over the Big-12 host TCU Horned Frogs. Franks mixed in short tosses to TE Blake Kern and WR Michael Woods with impressive scoring bombs to Treylon Burks and recently eligible Jaquaylin Crawford. Burks hauled in a 45-yard touchdown on the games fourth play, and Crawford turned a simple go route into an 83-yard spring to the end zone on the first play of the second drive. TCU, battling Covid19 and opt out defections, was overmatched against the UA passing game.

Up 14-0 before the ESPN audience had barely settled into its seats, TCU mounted its best drive of the first half, mixing in QB Max Duggan keepers and short bubble screens underneath the Arkansas bend-but-don’t-break coverage, to take the ball to the Hog 11 yard line. Senior DT Jonathan Marshall stuffed a first down QB draw, and all-SEC LB Grant Morgan tripped up a TCU runner trying to turn the corner for what might have been a score. Faced with 3rd and long, TCU dialed up a WR screen that was blown up by Arkansas playmaking safety, Jalon Catalon. Catalon sped by two would-be TCU blockers to decleat back-up WR Savion Williams who stayed on the NRG Stadium turf for a long time. A field goal attempt was hooked wide and TCU did not threaten the rest of the half.

Franks was not the only star of the scoring onslaught for UA. Running back Trelon Smith carried the ball 14 times in the first half, racking up 132 yards and two additional scores. TCU head coach Gary Patterson was hard pressed to explain his defense’s performance, “we did a poor job of stopping the run, a worse job stopping the pass, and made sure we complimented that with lackluster effort and tackling.”

A long TCU kickoff return by back-up Darwin Barber set the Frogs up at the UA 33 yards line. Two plays later, a third down conversion on a QB bootleg by Duggan and a questionable late hit penalty of UA safety Myles Slusher set up the Frogs inside the UA 5-yard line. Back-up RB Zach Evans, playing for covid19 restricted starter Emari Demarcado, scored on the next play for the Frogs only points of the first half.

Following a UA 3-and-out, and down 28-7, TCU got the ball with 90 seconds left on the clock. Duggan was hit by Arkansas DE Dorian Gerald as he let go of a first down pass. The pass missed intended WR Taye Barber and landed in the hands of UA’s Joe Foucha who took the interception 33 yards for his second score of the season, and a 35-7 UA lead at halftime.

A promising 3rd quarter start for the Frogs - 3 Duggan short passes yielded two first downs, but an Evans fumble was scooped up and returned to the Frog 10-yard line by linebacker Bumper Pool. In his last attempt as a Razorback, Franks found Houston-area native Michael Woods for a 6-yard TD. Franks finished the game 11-13 and 231 yards, 3 TD and 0 Ints. He also ended the season, and brief UA career, as the school record holder for passing efficiency, having completed almost 69% of his passes during 2020.

“I thought Feliepe did what Feliepe always does, y’know?” Arkansas Coach Sam Pittman observed. “He controlled the huddle, made good decisions, and moved the football down the field. Hey, now, he had some help - those receivers had a field day today getting to go up against what I think was a short-handed TCU defense.”

Following a 3-and-out, Pittman sent Franks onto the field to start the second drive of the half, only to call a timeout. The first-year Arkansas coach left his offense on the field as he called Franks to the sideline, and emotionally hugged the lanky signal caller on the numbers near the UA sideline. With backup KJ Jefferson still ailing from a near injury in the season’s final regular season game, true freshman Malik Hornsby was handed the keys to Kendall Briles offense.

Hornsby did not disappoint, running six times for 51 yards and a score, and completing 5 passes out of 7 attempts for another 91 yards and a second score, a 13-yard fade route to Trey Knox. Fourth string QB John Stephen Jones spent the final two drives of the game handing off to true frosh Dominique Johnson and senior TJ Hammonds, leading the Hogs down the field for a nifty 51-yard field goal by Matthew Phillips, and a victory formation kneel down at the TCU 20 yard line to end the game.

“We had no answers for them, that’s for sure,” Patterson lamented. “We didn’t have all of our weapons, but I felt like we brought a water pistol to a fire fight tonight. I would hate to have run into the teams that beat them this year, that’s for sure, as they are a scary good team, and only going to get better.”

Pittman summarized the 59-7 blowout, “on good days, the only thing that can beat a confident, well-prepared team is themselves. We only had 5 penalties, one of them a bit puzzling there right before half. We didn’t fumble the ball or throw a pick. We had five receivers and a tight end and a running back catch passes, had three quarterbacks drive the ball for scores, and had defensive players score points for us. Pretty special night to be a Hog fan.”

In an on-field interview immediately after the game, Pittman paused for a moment and looked around the cavernous, now nearly empty stadium, as happy Hog players hugged each other and waved to loved ones in the stands. With tears welling in the corner of his eyes, Pittman offered the line of the year in sports, “y’know, some things are bigger than football. Seeing my players hugging one another, that’s special. Seeing loved ones they haven’t been able to see because of covid, that’s special. Knowing you somehow wound up coaching at your dream school, that’s special. You can focus on all that goes wrong, or you can focus on the things that go right. I like to see things going right, and the world getting better. Maybe, just maybe, my team feels that their world is a better place than it was when 2020 started. I know mine is.”


I know, TL/DR (too long, didn’t read). The short version had Gary Patterson walking out of the locker room alone at halftime - he had too many players “opt at” in the locker room to be able to field a team for the second half!

That’s good,Loud Loyd. :smile: :smile:

I did, however, love those Larry Culpepper commercials. This new Dr. Pepper fanville ad campaign is as weak as the elastic waistband in Gary Patterson’s sansabelt coaching slacks.

It took me a full season before I understood who was playing the sheriff of Fansville.

We got some good stuff here. Lots of creativity.

Speaking of creativity, if this team was coached by Mussleman we’d have a video of RRS with lights a-blazing with Muss roaming the sidelines coaching the hogs to a bowl victory.

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