October 4, 1969. Arkansas 24, TCU 6. A sweltering early October afternoon at WMS. Main thing I remember about that day was hearing the TCU QB’s name over the loudspeakers over and over: Steve Judy. And how hot it was. I was 8. TCU took a 3-0 lead but we led 10-6 at halftime and a long TD pass from Bill Montgomery to Chuck Dicus in the third quarter pretty much put it away. Bill Burnett added some insurance with a fourth quarter TD. We were ranked #3 coming in and also #3 the next week
The Oct 24, 1970 Wichita State game at Little Rock. This was 20 days after 14 Wichita State players and 17 others died in an airplane crash. We won on the scoreboard 62-0, but Wichita State won on the field.
I used to sleep lying down among the peanut hulls and whiskey bottles under my parents feet when I was around 7 or 8. The night games at War Memorial used to start at 8:00pm in those days, so I crashed around halftime. Fall of 1956, maybe. Jack Mitchell was our coach. Don’t remember the specific game…went to all of them.
Couldn’t tell you the date or even the year, but it was Memphis St. v. Mississippi Southern in about 1959 or 1960. At Crump Stadium in Memphis. Soon thereafter (maybe that year or the next) I saw Ole Miss play Memphis St. at Crump Stadium. My first Razorback game was 1964 in WMS against Baylor.
Cotton Bowl. January 1, 1965. We beat the Huskers 10-7. Our seats were about 15 rows up on the 5-yard line. Bobby Burnett’s game winning TD was right in front of us.
Back when most all the men and boys wore a coat and tie to the games and ladies wore dresses.
First time I called the Hogs, I got goose bumps. Still do.
That was our first game also. Thought I was going to freeze to death. Wife wanted to leave after the 3rd quarter and I didn’t even argue with her. I was more than ready to leave. Lots of people around us left earlier.
Arkansas vs. Wichita State - October 1970. It was the first game Wichita played after their plane crash that killed a lot of their team. I would have been 7. I remember Wichita getting a first down, or big play (they didn’t score so it wasn’t that) late in the game and the Arkansas fans cheering very loudly for them.
They brought a few survivors of the plane crash out onto the field to start the game. That was very emotional.
I had to wear a tie (sometimes) when I was working for the athletic department, but the only time I wore a coat and tie to a football game was a Red-White game in Little Rock. My cousin got married that afternoon in Malvern and I went to the ceremony and headed straight for the stadium, still in my suit. I didn’t have time to change. Man, was I overdressed.