FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — This is unlike other countdowns you have seen honoring Arkansas’ 25 seasons in the SEC. This one is about memories. And here at SEC Country, we wanted to reflect on the best — and worst — of the last quarter-century.
This countdown is not just the best football moments or best games. It includes “where were you when” snapshots along with tales of players, teams and seasons.
It should be noted this list is limited to the so-called Big 3 sports. Apologies to other sports — especially track and field — but at some point, comparing moments across the spectrum becomes impossible.
Here are the previous top moments:
- No. 25: The moment Arkansas’ 2012 season hit rock bottom
- No 24: The hiring of Bret Bielema
- No. 23: Run to the 2004 College World Series
- No. 22: Rohan Gaines’ 102-yard INT return vs. Ole Miss
- No. 21: Arkansas stuns No. 4 Tennessee
- No. 20: Austin Allen vs. TCU
- No. 19: Miracle on Markham II
- No. 18: Joe Adams’ punt return vs. Tennessee
- No. 17: 1995 SEC title game
- No. 16: Razorbacks fall to The Citadel in 1992
- No. 15: 2009 Florida game penalties
- No. 14: Darren McFadden being snubbed for Heisman Trophy
- No. 13: Andrew Benintendi and the 2015 Diamond Hogs
- No. 12: Brett Eibner’s home run in the 2009 College World Series
- No. 11: Field rush vs. LSU – Bielema’s first SEC win in 2014
- No. 10: Arkansas beats Ole Miss in 7 OT in 2001
- No. 9: The end of the Nolan Richardson era
- No. 8: Michael Qualls tip-in dunk at the buzzer stuns Kentucky in overtime
- No. 7: The saga of Nutt, Malzahn and Mustain
- No. 6: Miracle on Markham I
- No. 5: The Clint Stoerner fumble
- No. 4: The Hunter Heave
3. Upset of No. 1 LSU in 2007
Arkansas’ last win over a top-ranked opponent came Nov. 24, 2007, at LSU.
Star running back Darren McFadden was unstoppable in the 50-48 triple-overtime upset of the Tigers. He rushed for 206 yards and 3 touchdowns and added a passing touchdown while often taking direct snaps from the run-first “Wild Hog” formation.
McFadden nearly stopped himself before he ever got started. A junior at the time, he fumbled on consecutive kickoffs in the first two minutes, losing one and recovering the other himself. He rallied to dominate the rest of the way.
The victory was sealed when cornerback Matterral Richardson intercepted an LSU’s 2-point conversion attempt in the third overtime.
“It’s crazy being nine years later, but I still remember it like it was yesterday,” McFadden told SEC Country last November. “I feel like that was one of my best college games, being able to go down there and to beat the No. 1 team in the country at the time.”
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