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Keep the history alive!
Sharp Williams and Rex Crane posted the following link on Facebook that is really cool showing the newspaper write-ups for each of the Texas vs. Arkansas games. This is really neat (and must have been a lot of work) to see for all of the games starting with the first one in 1894.
It's a rivalry that goes back to 1894 (120 years) when Texas defeated the Arkansas Cardinals ( now Razorbacks) by a score of 54-0. Arkansas had only played two games before this one. Both of the games had been played against a team made up primarily of Fort Smith High School players. Coached by a Latin professor serving as a part time coach (John C. Futrall), the team would begin what would develop into the Razorbacks of today.
The inaugural game ended with a victory score of 42-0 followed by the second game victory with a score of 38-0.The Cardinals won both games so they were now confident, although naive, to make the train ride to Austin and take part in a Thanksgiving Day contest against their first real college team.
On Monday, November 26, the team boarded a train for the journey to Austin. It was a game that would be played before a crowd estimated at 1,500 who had payed approximately $700 for admission. There was no "Callin' the Hogs", "Big Red", "Running Through the 'A'" and luckily few observers for Arkansas. Sad to say, but they had a long train ride back to Fayetteville. Texas would now develop into Arkansas' largest rivalry in the state's sports history. After this game, the first season would come to an end for the U of A football team. Futrall would serve as coach until 1897 when he would yield the position to fellow professor Burton N. Wilson.
That first team was made up of quarterback Wright Lindsey, halfbacks Arthur J. McDaniel and W. W. Haydon, fullback Herbert Y. Fishback, center Frank D. James, guards Tommy H. Rogers and J. C. Braswell, tackles LeRoy Campbell and Releigh Kobel, and ends Edward Mook and Dade Moore. Substitutes were Jim Brown, W. S. Norman, and E. Carney. Cardinal fullback Herbert Fishback became the first campus football hero and served as team captain for three years until his untimely death on a train ride in 1898 while traveling to Missouri on a football trip.
It would be almost 10 years (October 30, 1903) before the two teams would meet again. The result would be the same with a Texas win, although not by as much (0-15). Texas would win each meeting until the Hogs finally won on November 24, 1933, by a score of 20-6. This would be a game on Coach "Tommy" Thomsen's (see the July 6, 2013 hawg-tales) watch and it Is no wonder that this has become our largest rivalry. There seemed to be no real solution for what we could do to remedy the situation and finally get a win. After this initial win, the Hogs would go on winning four of the next five years before losing what seemed like an eternity until 1951. Even though the Longhorns have won most of the meetings, they are not now the team that they once were.
Now that it's history, I can safely say that the Hogs were once again able to dominate over the University of Texas Longhorns. It's always sweet to be able to say this. WPS!