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During his sophomore year, Ken Hatfield would play halfback behind the outstanding George Rae Walker (wingback), Danny Brabham (fullback), Jesse Branch (tailback), and Moore. The '62 season had been a very good season, but not to win against Texas had left Arkansans feeling disappointed. Fans may not know why, but it's bred into them that ever since that first loss to Texas in 1894 (54-0), the feeling runs deep where the two favorite teams for Hog fans are: the Razorbacks and whoever is playing Texas.
1963 brought on a year where Broyles was not able to settle on a #1 quarterback and led to a 5-5 season. Out of this season came a recommitment by the '64 team that this would not be a repeat of the '63 season. In 1964, January found the Hogs not participating in a bowl game. This was the first time in five years that they had not made the trip and it weighted heavily on the team.
With the game now underway, it soon turned into a punting battle between Texas' Ernie Koy and the Hog's Bobby Nix. Midway through the second quarter Koy got off a 47 yard punt that was brought in by Hatfield at the 19. The few Hog fans that were there, were now in hog heaven in Austin. It was a play that has become famous as Ken Hatfield followed his blockers and found his way to the alley along the sideline to scamper 81 yards for the TD. Arkansas was now ahead 7-0. But, Texas would not quit fighting and with 12:05 showing on the clock during the final quarter, wingback Phil Harris ran the final two yards for the Longhorn touchdown. The game was now knotted at 7-7 all.
The Razorbacks would make their march and Arkansas would now score once more as Marshall found Bobby Crockett at the five on a 34 yard touchdown pass. Arkansas 14, Texas 7. A field goal would not help, it would take crossing the goal line to win. Unstoppable, Texas would drive back in desperation with Koy who would score making it 14-13. Darrell Royal was not about to let the #1 team in the nation play to a tie. Gambling he would now substitute. Gambling runs deep in the West. So out came Koy and in went Hix Green who was a key pass receiver. Going for two instead of the tie, the ball is snapped. Marv Kristynik (the Texas quarterback) faked and drops back. Defensive end Jim Finch was now bearing down on the QB forcing him to throw prematurely to Green at the goal line. The ball dropped harmlessly to the turf. Revenge had finally been obtained for 1962, as the Hogs would now go on to win in Austin 14-13 and complete the season as the undefeated national champions. Hatfield's punt return in the second quarter had set the tone for the win that was to come.
After the game, Royal commented on Hatfield's punt return by saying "That's their game, and he's the one. He's done that for them for three years now."
"Hatfield held a 47-year old punt return record of 95 yards for a touchdown in a 56-7 romp over Tulsa set on October 28, 1963."
During his career from 1962-64, Hatfield averaged 16.01 yards per punt return (in 1964 his average was 16.71 yards per return). In a game against Rice in 1964, Hatfield set the school record of most punt returns in a game at 9, and had the season and career most punt return yardage record at 518 and 1153, respectively.
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