Arkansas–Texas A&M football rivalry

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Arkansas–Texas A&M football rivalry
Arkansas-Razorback-Logo-2001.png Texas A&M University aTm logo.svg
Arkansas Razorbacks Texas A&M Aggies

Total meetings 70
Series record Arkansas leads, 41–26–3
First meeting October 31, 1903
Last meeting September 28, 2013
Next meeting September 27, 2014
Trophy Southwest Classic Trophy

The Arkansas–Texas A&M football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Arkansas Razorbacks and Texas A&M Aggies. It started in 1903.

Between 1992 and 2008 the schools did not play each other when Arkansas left the Southwest Conference to join the Southeastern Conference. The rivalry was renewed as a neutral-site out-of-conference contest (and branded as The Southwest Classic) in 2009; in 2012 it once again became a conference rivalry when Texas A&M also joined the Southeastern Conference. Arkansas leads the series 41–26–3.[1][2]

Series history[edit]

Arkansas and Texas A&M first played each other in 1903, and would play each other three times from 1903–12, all as non-conference matchups.

Arkansas and Texas A&M would not meet on the field again until 1927, notwithstanding that both schools became charter members of the Southwest Conference 12 years earlier in 1915. The schools played annually from 1927–30, but would not meet again until 1934. From 1934–91, the two teams played annually as conference members. The annual matchup ceased in 1991 when Arkansas left the conference to join the Southeastern Conference.

On March 10, 2008, officials from both schools announced the series would recommence on October 3, 2009 under the name "Southwest Classic". The annual location for the game was announced as Cowboys Stadium (now called AT&T Stadium), located in Arlington. The attendance for the stadium was initially expected to be in the 80,000 range. Depending on ticket demand, temporary seating can be added to the stadium to increase the capacity up to 100,000 seats for the game. The tickets were said to be split 50/50 between the two schools. The initial agreement between the two schools allowed the game to be played for at least 10 years, followed by 5 consecutive, 4-year rollover options, allowing the game to potentially be played for a total of 30 consecutive seasons.

The rivalry once again became a conference matchup when Texas A&M joined the SEC on July 1, 2012 and was placed alongside Arkansas in the West Division.[3][4][5] However, for A&M's first two seasons in the SEC the series was played as a home-and-home series at the school's campuses (A&M hosted in 2012 and Arkansas hosted in 2013); the series will resume neutral-site play in AT&T Stadium for the 2014 season until at least 2020.[6]

Game results[edit]

Arkansas victories are shaded ██ light red. Texas A&M victories are shaded ██ light maroon. Ties are white.

Notable games[edit]

1903[edit]

Texas A&M 6 - Arkansas 0

In the first ever meeting, and only the 43rd game ever played by Arkansas[7] and the 42nd ever played by Texas A&M,[8] the Aggies won 6–0. The Aggies were coached by J. E. Platt and the Razorbacks were coached (in his only season as a head coach) by D. A. McDaniel.

1939 - Texas A&M's National Championship year[edit]

Texas A&M 27 - Arkansas 0

In 1939, after winning the game 27–0, the Aggies went on to an overall record of 11–0 and named the college football national champions in the Associated Press writers' poll for the 1939 college football season

1964 - Arkansas' National Championship year[edit]

Arkansas 17 - Texas A&M 0

In 1964, after winning the game 17–0 in College Station, Texas, the Razorbacks went on to an overall record of 11–0 and won the college football national championship by beating Nebraska in the Cotton Bowl Classic. The Aggies were coached (in his final season) by Hank Foldberg, and Arkansas was coached by Hall of Fame coach Frank Broyles.

1980[edit]

Arkansas 27 - Texas A&M 24

The 1980 contest won by Arkansas 27–24 was Texas A&M's 800th game ever played by the organization.[9] Arkansas was led by head coach Lou Holtz in his fourth year with the team, and went on to an overall record of 7–5 (3–5 in conference) for the season. The Aggies were led by Tom Wilson in his next to last season with the team, and finished the year 4–7 (3–5 in conference).

1991 - Arkansas' last game in the Southwest Conference[edit]

Texas A&M 13 - Arkansas 3

In the last Southwest Conference meeting on November 16, 1991 at Kyle Field, Texas A&M won 13–3 in a game nationally televised by ESPN. The Razorbacks came out in the wishbone formation on offense, but the Aggie defense held the Hogs to only 121 yards of total offense.[10] After the season, the Razorbacks went on to leave the Southwest Conference, and join the Southeastern Conference, thereby ending the yearly in-conference game with the Aggies.

Logo used for the 2009 renewal of the series, titled the "Southwest Classic", between Arkansas and Texas A&M.

2009 - Renewal[edit]

Arkansas 47 - Texas A&M 19

On October 3, 2009, the two teams met for the first time since 1991. The rivalry was originally slated to take place on a yearly basis at the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Arkansas came back from a 10–0 deficit in the first quarter to win 47–19.

2011 - "Welcome to the SEC"[edit]

Arkansas 42 - Texas A&M 38

The Aggies, leading 35–17 at the half, blew their 18 point lead and only scored 3 points in the second half. As Broderick Green charged into the end zone on the final score of the game, Arkansas fans appeared on the Cowboys Stadium video holding a sign saying "Welcome to the SEC" (in recognition of A&M's announcement only six days earlier that it would join Arkansas as a member of the SEC in 2012).

2012 - First all-SEC game[edit]

Texas A&M 58 - Arkansas 10

On September 29, 2012, the Aggies and Razorbacks met on the gridiron as conference rivals for the first time since 1991, with A&M joining Arkansas in the SEC. The Aggies won 58–10. The game moved from the neutral-site Cowboys Stadium venue of the last three years to Kyle Field as part of a planned home-and-home series with Arkansas for A&M's first two SEC seasons; it is expected that the 2014 matchup will return to AT&T Stadium for at least the remainder of the original contract term.

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