Week Ten. Another loss, this time to Ole Miss. I thought we might stand a chance this time. The outcome was better, 34-24. We were within three points late in the first half. But somehow I didn’t feel as good about this one as the Auburn game. I recorded the game and watched it late. We had gone to Garvin Woodland Gardens during the day and maybe I was just tired. Or maybe my patience is wearing thin.
The offense looked good at times. At times they looked hopeless. The defense played good at time but then they gave up two long touchdowns that did them in. We are missing a lot of pieces. We’ve had injuries to key players that didn’t help. Maybe we should have gone youth from the start. The young ones would be rounding into shape just about now. I don’t know.
We have two games left. No bowl game for us. They say we are playing for pride now. I don’t agree. I think we are playing for the future.
What follows is history as I remember it. Maybe some of it is true.
1962 was a breakthrough year for Arkansas. Played number one Texas to a standstill. Almost beat them. That was the only regular season loss. We lost in the Sugar Bowl to… Ole Miss and Archie Manning. A 9 and 2 season. Not bad.
We were loaded for ’63. But before the season started two star players were dismissed from the team. The tumble started there. Wound up 5-5. No bowl game of course.
The last game of the season was against Texas Tech in Fayetteville. All week they treated the game and that week as a new beginning, the first game of 1964, the first step to a new commitment. They won the game 27-20 but that was not the thing. If it was it would be to us just another win. The thing about that win was that it was the first win of a 22 game winning streak. Three straight wins over Texas. A version of the national championship in 1964. Jerry Jones was part of that team. So was Jimmy Johnson. I read the roster and the names are all still familiar to me. Men you never heard of but men who became the stars of 1964 and 1965 and who went on to lead successful lives in a lot of different ways.
And it started with the last week of a busted season. And a new commitment.