5 Arkansas records that will never be broken
Variety is the spice of life.
And in this installment of “5 records that will never be broken,” Arkansas brings us a little bit of everything.
From big offensive plays to stellar defensive performances and from SEC record-setting rushers to NCAA record-setting kickers, we have it all in the five Arkansas records that will never be broken:
5. Broderick’s breakaway: If you’re like me, anytime a team lines up to take a snap from their own 1-yard-line, you hold your breath in anticipation of the defense making a big play. But on rare occasion, there is the opportunity for that special 99-yard play for the offense. Former Razorbacks RB Broderick Green got to experience that rare moment against Eastern Michigan in 2009, breaking free for a 99-yard touchdown run. It set an Arkansas record, and has only been done one other time in the history of SEC football (Tennesee’s Kelsey Finch vs. Florida in 1977). Obviously this record won’t be broken, but Arkansas backs may have trouble even tying this one.
4. Four downs is all you get: The Razorbacks defense did not allow a first down in a 1947 contest against Northwestern (La.) State. Arkansas went on to win the season-opener 64-0, the first of three shutouts to begin the season. While the Razorbacks have 205 shutouts during their 121 years of football history, this remains the only game in school history during which an opponent failed to move the sticks for a first down.
3. Big-play Anthony: Former Razorbacks WR Anthony Lucas was known for his penchant for the big catch through the 1990s. As it turns out, the sum of those big plays has turned into a record that may not be touched by any other Razorbacks receiver. His 21.0 yards per catch is the highest in the history of the SEC for any receiver with at least 100 career catches. He’s the only player to have led the SEC in yards per catch three times (1995, 1998-99). Even the Arkansas receivers from the Bobby Petrino era, which generally broke all the school records in that prolific passing attack, could not touch what Lucas was able to accomplish.
2. “Run DMC” runs South Carolina ragged: Darren McFadden had a legendary career at Arkansas. His 1,830 rushing yards in 2007 trails only Herschel Walker (1,891 in 1981) for the single-season SEC record, and only Walker stands between McFadden and the top of the SEC career rushing yards list. McFadden can lay at least partial claim to the single-game rushing record. His 321 yards against South Carolina in 2007 ties a conference record set by Vanderbilt’s Frank Mordica in 1978. It’s unlikely that another Arkansas running back approaches that single-game school record any time soon.
1. Little’s long kick: Former Arkansas kicker Steve Little tied an NCAA record with a successful 67-yard field goal against Texas in 1977. It is a Razorbacks record that is likely to stand the test of time. But the story for the strong-legged Little turned tragic a few short years later. He was involved in a single-car accident in 1980, shortly after being cut by the St. Louis Cardinals, which broke his neck and left him paralyzed at 24. He died at 43. Here is a video of Little’s kick.