Hogs take over SEC Network on Monday

(Information from ArkansasRazorbacks.com is included in this story.)

Arkansas is taking over the SEC Network for 24 straight hours on Monday. Ten memorable games, all with one common theme.

That theme all involves games against teams in Texas, mainly for recruiting purposes in that state, showing the Razorbacks against those teams.

Only problem is putting the 2014 blowout win over Texas Tech in the prime time slot at 8 p.m. Monday night.

No, seriously. Why feature anything with the Red Raiders? If the Hogs can’t out-recruit Tech in Texas, they need to get better recruiters. There are high schools in Texas that recruit better players than Tech, but more likely it’s a chance to take a back-handed shot at Red Raiders coach Kliff Kingsbury after he called out Bret Bielema after beating the Hogs in 2015.

Two more games that would help recruiting more?

How about the 2003 win over the Longhorns in Austin, the 2000 Cotton Bowl win over Texas or even the 1988 win down in Austin?

Those would promote the brand more in the minds of potential recruits than any win over Texas Tech.

Get the popcorn ready and get settled in for a fantastic day of binge-watching the Hogs.

11 p.m. (Sunday night)
Football vs. Texas – Oct. 20, 1979
Arkansas capitalized on a pair of Texas turnovers to take a 14-7 lead and then marched 66 yards downfield to set up a 31-yard field goal as the No. 10 Razorbacks earned a 17-14 victory over the No. 2 Longhorns at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

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It was Lou Holtz’s first win over the Longhorns as Arkansas’ head coach. The Razorbacks finished the season co-champions of the Southwest Conference at 10-2 overall with a 7-1 mark in league play.

1:30 a.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. Texas – Jan. 6, 2009
Mike Washington slammed home the win over No. 7 Texas in front of a raucous Bud Walton crowd for Arkansas’ second upset of a top-10 team at home in a week.

It marked Arkansas’ seventh straight home win over a top-25 opponent and its 43rd consecutive non-conference home win.

3:30 a.m.
Softball vs. #5 Texas A&M – April 16, 2017
Sophomore Ashley Diaz’s two-out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning capped a two-run final frame and gave Arkansas a walk-off win over No. 5 Texas A&M in Fayetteville.

It marked Arkansas’ first win over a top-five opponent since 2014, while it was just the fourth loss in 41 games for the Aggies.

5:30 a.m.
Football vs. Texas – Dec. 29, 2014
Brandon Allen tossed two touchdowns as Arkansas cruised to a 31-7 beating of Texas in the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl.

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The Razorbacks’ defense harassed the Longhorns’ offense all night, holding them to a season-low 59 total yards, including just two on the ground.

8:30 a.m.
Baseball vs. Baylor – June 11, 2012
Arkansas earned a trip to its seventh College World Series in program history in 2012 when an RBI single by catcher Jake Wise broke a scoreless tie in the 10th inning to beat the Baylor Bears in Waco, Texas.

The Hogs had to battle back after losing the first game of the Waco Super Regional and was able to get a combined five-hit shutout from five different pitchers for the 1-0 clinching victory.

11:30 a.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. SMU – Nov. 25, 2014
Future SEC Player of the Year Bobby Portis led the Razorbacks to a wire-to-wire victory over the Mustangs with a game-high 22 points on the road in Moody Coliseum.

It marked Arkansas’ first road win as a ranked team in 16 seasons.

1:30 p.m.
Football vs. Texas – Oct. 17, 1981
Arkansas topped No. 1 Texas 42-11 in Fayetteville for the program’s largest win ever over the Longhorns.

The Razorbacks’ offense carved up Texas’ fourth-ranked defense, behind 323 total yards, five touchdowns and a pair of field goals, while the defense forced seven turnovers.

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4 p.m.
Baseball vs. Texas A&M – May 20, 2017
A two home run day from first baseman Chad Spanberger propelled Arkansas to a dominating 8-0 victory over No. 22 Texas A&M in College Station to close out the regular season in 2017.

The series win over the Aggies helped Arkansas build the momentum it needed to make a strong postseason run that included an appearance in the SEC Tournament final and a selection as an NCAA Regional host for the first time since 2010.

6 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. Texas – Feb. 4, 1990
Down one with less than 20 seconds remaining in regulation, head coach Nolan Richardson walked off the court after Arkansas is called for a technical foul.

Lee Mayberry hit a 25-footer from the top of the key with less than five seconds remaining to send the game to overtime, where Richardson returned and Arkansas defeated the Longhorns on the road, 103-96.

8 p.m.
Football vs. Texas Tech – Sept. 13, 2014
Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams ran wild, combining for six rushing touchdowns and 357 yards on the ground in Arkansas’ 49-28 routing of Texas Tech in Lubbock.

The Razorbacks totaled 438 rushing yards and limited the Red Raiders, which came in averaging 365 yards passing, to 252 yards through the air.

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