2000 Cotton Bowl: Arkansas 27, Texas 6
In what was mostly a defensive struggle, and with four Longhorns suspended for violating team rules, the two teams combined for just 171 yards of offense in the first half. In fact, the squads played to a 3-3 tie for the first 40 minutes of play.
The 24th-ranked Razorbacks broke the defensive battle with a critical third-quarter scoring drive and a pair of early fourth-quarter touchdowns.
Arkansas struck first when Tony Dodson booted a 25-yard field goal with 6:02 left in the first quarter.
A big defensive play set up the Longhorns’ first score when Everick Rawls intercepted a Clint Stoerner pass in Razorback territory. Taking over at the Arkansas 41, the Horns moved to the 26 before the drive stalled and Kris Stockton knotted the score with a 35-yard field goal.
At the completion of the first 30 minutes, Texas had limited the Razorbacks to 125 yards of total offense, including a meaningless 45-yard completion at the end of the half.
The third possession of the second half produced the turning point of the game. After a Stockton punt was downed at the Razorback three-yard line, the Hogs appeared to be tackled for a safety on the first two plays of the ensuing drive.
On first down, Ervis Hill sacked Stoerner, who apparently stretched just beyond the end zone. Facing a second down just inches from the end zone, Chris Chukwuma was swarmed by the UT defense and looked to be dropped for the safety.
Then, on third-and-12, Stoerner hit a streaking Anthony Lucas down the left sideline for a 47-yard completion that put the ball at midfield and gave Arkansas the momentum. Eventually Stoerner found Cedric Cobbs in the right flat for a 30-yard touchdown and the Razorbacks led 10-3.
The Horns answered on their next drive, with Major Applewhite hitting six of seven passes and moving UT to the Arkansas one-yard line. But the Horns were stopped on three straight plays and Stockton came on for the 22-yard field goal.
In the fourth quarter, Arkansas began to take advantage of the tiring Longhorns defense. The Razorbacks moved from their own 14 into UT territory, and on second down, Michael Jenkins galloped up the middle on a 42-yard touchdown run and extend the lead to 17-6 with 12:48 to play.
On the next possession, Applewhite suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while being flushed from the pocket.
After a Texas punt, Arkansas needed just one play to strike again. This time it was a 37-yard touchdown scamper by Hobbs that put the game out of reach.