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2001 Arkansas Razorbacks football team


2001 Arkansas Razorbacks football team

2001 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Conference Southeastern Conference Western Division
2001 record 7–5 (4–4 SEC)
Head coach Houston Nutt
Offensive coordinator Houston Nutt
Offensive scheme I Formation
Defensive coordinator John Thompson
Base defense Multiple
Home stadium Razorback Stadium
(Capacity: 72,000)

War Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 53,727)
2001 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#4 Tennessee x   7 1         11 2  
#3 Florida   6 2         10 2  
#13 South Carolina   5 3         9 3  
#22 Georgia   5 3         8 4  
Kentucky   1 7         2 9  
Vanderbilt   0 8         2 9  
Western Division
#7 LSU xy   5 3         10 3  
Auburn x   5 3         7 5  
Ole Miss   4 4         7 4  
Alabama   4 4         7 5  
Arkansas   4 4         7 5  
Mississippi State   2 6         3 8  
Championship: LSU 31, Tennessee 20
† – BCS representative as conference champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2001 Arkansas Razorbacks football team represented the University of Arkansas in the 2001 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Razorbacks played five home games at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas and two home games at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Razorbacks reached the 2001 Cotton Bowl Classic in Houston Nutt's fourth season as head coach.


  • Schedule 1
  • Awards and honors 2
    • All SEC Teams 2.1
    • All-Americans 2.2
      • Defense 2.2.1
  • Game notes 3
    • UNLV 3.1
    • Tennessee 3.2
    • Alabama 3.3
    • Georgia 3.4
    • Weber St. 3.5
    • South Carolina 3.6
    • Auburn 3.7
    • Ole Miss 3.8
    • UCF 3.9
    • Mississippi St. 3.10
    • LSU 3.11
    • Oklahoma (Cotton Bowl Classic) 3.12
  • Coaching staff 4
  • Roster 5
  • References 6


Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 6:30 PM UNLV* War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR ESPN W 14–10   52,213
September 8 8:00 PM #8 Tennessee Donald W. Reynolds Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR ESPN2 L 3–13   70,470
September 22 2:30 PM at Alabama Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL CBS L 10–31   83,818
September 29 5:30 PM at Georgia Athens, GA ESPN2 L 38–41   86,520
October 6 6:00 PM Weber State*dagger Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 42–19   52,683
October 13 2:30 PM #9 South Carolina War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR CBS W 10–7   53,514
October 27 11:30 AM #17 Auburn Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR JPS W 42–17   67,213
November 3 6:00 PM at Ole Miss Vaught–Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS (Rivalry) ESPN2 W 58–56 7OT  47,464
November 10 1:00 PM Central Florida* Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 27–20   61,527
November 23 1:00 PM Mississippi State Donlad W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 24–21   67,314
November 29 1:30 PM at LSU #24 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA (Battle for the Golden Boot) CBS L 38–41   89,560
January 1 10:00 AM vs. #10 Oklahoma* Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) FOX L 10–3   72,955
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Source: 2001 Arkansas Razorbacks Football Schedule/Results

Awards and honors

All SEC Teams

  • Jermaine Petty (LB, Sr.)1st Team All-SEC Defense (AP)
  • Shawn Andrews (OT, Fr.) 2nd Team All-SEC Offense (AP)
  • Kenny Sandlin (C, Sr.) 2nd Team All-SEC Offense (AP)
  • Fred Talley (RB, Jr.) 2nd Team All-SEC Offense (Coaches')
  • Ken Hamlin (FS, So.) 1st Team All-SEC Defense (AP)
  • Carlos Hall (DE, Sr.) 2nd Team All-SEC Defense (AP)
  • Tony Bua (OLB, So.) 2nd Team All-SEC Defense (AP)



  • Jermaine Petty (LB, Sr.) AAFC, AFCA 1st

Source: Arkansas Football History, Honors, and Lettermen

Game notes


1 2 3 4 Total
Rebels 3 7 0 0 10
Razorbacks 0 0 7 7 14

With 18 seconds to play, the Razorbacks grabbed their first win of the year from the UNLV Rebels.[1] Running back Cedric Cobbs ran in from one yard away to give the Hogs a 14–10 win. Arkansas had only 114 total yards, 49 of those coming on the final scoring drive, as Cobbs had 29 yards on 13 carries.[2] Four Razorback QBs played. Lawrence Richardson returned an interception for a touchdown for the other Razorback touchdown.[2]


1 2 3 4 Total
#8 Volunteers 0 0 0 13 13
Razorbacks 3 0 0 0 3

In a game delayed twice due to lightning, in front of a record crowd in the newly expanded Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, the Razorbacks had a 3–0 lead until the fourth quarter, when Tennessee roared back for 13 points and the win.[3] Cedric Cobbs broke the thousand yard milestone with a forty yard dash, setting up the only Razorback points of the contest, a 24-yard Brennan O'Donohoe field goal.[3] The Hogs would gain −3 yards offensively from that point, and Tennessee would not score until a 33-yard field goal with 9:44 to play. An Arkansas punt and seven Volunteer plays later produced another field goal, giving Tennessee a 6–3 lead.[3] Travis Stephens of Tennessee would later spin in from three yards out, producing the first and final touchdown in the final minute.[3] Freshman Stevens would have 206 yards, leading #8 Tennessee to a win.[4]


1 2 3 4 Total
Razorbacks 3 7 0 0 10
Crimson Tide 7 7 10 7 31

Alabama scored 21 points from three Arkansas miscues, and defeated the Razorbacks 31–10.[5] A 42-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by Tide defender Reggie Myles, coupled with a Thurman Ward interception returned for a 60-yard touchdown gave the Tide a win despite being outgained (315–249) and losing the time-of-possession battle (35:28–24:32).[6]

Ryan Sorahan, who had to leave the game due to a back injury, was 14 of 19 for 139 yards. Zak Clark and later Tarvaris Jackson (who would later transfer to Alabama A&M and later play for the Minnesota Vikings) would spell him.[5][6]


1 2 3 4 Total
Razorbacks 10 3 7 3 23
Bulldogs 10 10 7 7 34


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  2. ^ a b "Hogs Earn Final Minute Victory over Rebels." August 29, 2001.Story. Retrieved on August 9, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d "Fourth-quarter Rally leads to 13–3 Vols Win." September 8, 2001. Story. Retrieved on August 9, 2008.
  4. ^ "Tennessee vs. Arkansas." Box Score and Summary. USA Today. Retrieved on August 9, 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Arkansas at. Alabama." Box Score, Stats, and Game Summary. USA Today. Sep 22, 2001. Retrieved on August 11, 2008.
  6. ^ a b "Tide Turns Turnovers into 31–10 Victory Over Hogs." Story. Retrieved on August 11, 2008.
  7. ^ a b c "Arkansas at Georgia." Box Score, Stats, and Game Summary. USA Today. Sep 29, 2001. Retrieved on August 12, 2008.
  8. ^ a b c d "Georgia Outduels Arkansas in Southeastern Conference Gridiron Battle." Story. September 29, 2001. Retrieved on August 12, 2008.
  9. ^ a b c "Arkansas Rolls Over Weber State 42–19." Story. October 5, 2001. Retrieved on August 12, 2008.
  10. ^ a b c "Weber St. at Arkansas." Box Score, Stats, and Game Summary. USA Today. Oct 26, 2001. Retrieved on August 12, 2008.
  11. ^ a b c d e "Hogs Upset No. 9 South Carolina 10–7; Carlos Hall's Block Preserves Victory." Story. October 12, 2001. Retrieved on August 12, 2008.
  12. ^ a b c d "#9 South Carolina at Arkansas." Box Score, Stats, and Game Summary. USA Today. Oct 13, 2001. Retrieved on August 12, 2008.
  13. ^ a b "Auburn vs. Arkansas." Box Score, Stats, and Game Summary. USA Today. Oct 27, 2001. Retrieved on August 13, 2008.
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  18. ^ "Central Florida vs. Arkansas." Game Story and Box Score. USA Today. Nov 10, 2001. Retrieved on August 22, 2008.
  19. ^ "Hogs Hold Off Central Florida 27–20; Talley Runs for 189 Yards." Story. November 9, 2001. Retrieved on August 23, 2008.
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  24. ^ a b c Franklin, Matt. "Sooner defense sytmies Arkansas." Story. The Oklahoma Daily. Jan 2, 2002. Retrieved on August 31, 2008.
  25. ^ a b "OU Downs Hogs 10–3 in Cotton Bowl Defensive Battle." Story. Retrieved on August 31, 2008.
  26. ^ "Oklahoma 10, Arkansas 3." Story. Jan 1, 2002. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved on August 31, 2008.
  • Scores: Howell, James. "Arkansas Historical Scores." August 11, 2008. Retrieved on August 8, 2008.



Source: 2001 Arkansas Razorbacks Media Guide-Coaching Staff

Coaching staff

The Razorbacks earned a berth in the Cotton Bowl Classic after a 7–4 regular season. They were slated to play the #10 Oklahoma Sooners, who had recently lost their National Championship hopes after a loss to Oklahoma State in Bedlam.[24] Arkansas QBs were sacked nine times by Oklahoma, setting a school record and tying a Cotton Bowl Classic record.[25] Arkansas could manage only 50 yards of total offense, and one Brennan O'Donohoe field goal.[24] Oklahoma QB Nate Hybl ran in from one yard out for the only touchdown of the game.[25] Sooner Rocky Calmus, the Butkus Award winner and Nagurski, Bednarik, and Lombardi finalist had nine tackles and a fumble recovery in the effort.[26] Razorback coach Houston Nutt said, "[The Oklahoma defense is] the best I've seen in 15 years."[24]

1 2 3 4 Total
Razorbacks 0 0 0 3 3
#10 Sooners 7 0 3 0 10

Oklahoma (Cotton Bowl Classic)

LSU started things off in Baton Rouge with a 62-yard LaBrandon Toefield touchdown run.[22] Arkansas responded with a Matt Jones three-yard touchdown scamper and two field goals.[23] Toefield struck again, this time from nine yards out.[22] Matt Jones hooked up with Richard Smith for a Razorback touchdown, giving a 19–14 Hog lead.[23] Tiger Rohan Davey completed a 20-yard pass to close out the first half scoring, giving the Tigers a 20–19 lead at half.[22] Davey hit Michael Clayton for a 60-yard touchdown, but the Hogs responded with a 61-yard Matt Jones TD pass to Sparky Hamilton.[23] Davey and Toefield would add another score each.[23] Arkansas, down 41–25, began to rally. Hog QB Zak Clark threw two touchdown passes, but the Hogs fell three points short, 41–38.[22][23]

LSU held off an Arkansas rally to end the Hogs six game win streak.[22] LSU Running back LaBrandon Toefield ran for 173 yards and three touchdowns, with quarterback Rohan Davey throwing for 359 yards, three touchdowns, and four interceptions.[23]

1 2 3 4 Total
#24 Razorbacks 10 9 6 13 38
Tigers 7 13 7 14 41


Cobbs started off the scoring with a 5-yard rushing TD in the first quarter, giving Arkansas an early 7–0 lead.[20] Josh Morgan of Mississippi State scooped up a fumble and scored in the second quarter, tying the game at 7–7.[21] In the third quarter Hog kicker Brennan O'Donohoe kicked a 19-yard field goal, followed by a Cobbs TD run, producing a 17–7 Razorback edge.[20] Bulldog QB Kevin Fant completed a 21-yard pass, followed three minutes later by a 25-yard TD run from the Bulldogs, giving them a 21–17 lead.[21] Cobbs would run in for the go-ahead score, but Mississippi State drove to the Arkansas 48 before Fant was intercepted, sealing the Razorback win.[20]

Arkansas' Cedric Cobbs ran in from fifteen yards out with 47 seconds on the clock to beat the Bulldogs of Mississippi State, 24–21.[20] Cobbs scored three total TD's, Jones rushed for 131 yards, and Arkansas moved to 4–3 in conference play and 7–3 overall.[21]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 0 7 0 14 21
Razorbacks 7 0 10 7 24

Mississippi St.

Arkansas RB Fred Talley ran for 198 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown, as Arkansas fought off a late rally to beat UCF, 27–20.[18] The Knights scored on a 52-yard pass with three minutes to play, but fell short on their final drive.[19] Arkansas QB Zak Clark completed nine of fourteen passes, and Arkansas improved to 6–3 on the year.

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Knights 7 3 0 10 20
Razorbacks 3 7 14 3 27


The win moved Arkansas to 5–3 on the year and 3–0 in overtime.[15] Arkansas would play another seven-overtime game, in 2003.

The two teams combined for 60 first downs, 130 rushing attempts (80 from the Razorbacks), 68 pass attempts, and 198 total offensive plays, while limiting mistakes, including two fumbles, eight penalties, and one sack.[15][17]

Mark Pierce again ran in for a two-yard touchdown (his third two-yard score of the game), and Decori Birmingham would receive the two point pass from Jones, making it a 58–50 Hog lead.[17] Manning would throw his sixth touchdown pass, but the two point pass to Doug Ziegler was stopped by Jermaine Petty, giving Arkansas a 58–56 win over rival Ole Miss.[15]

[17] The game would go to a seventh overtime.[15] Razorback Pierce ran in from two yards out, and Arkansas completed the tying two-point conversion on a Jones pass.[17] rush, taking a 50–42 lead.Charles Stackhouse In the sixth overtime, Zeigler again caught a Manning aerial, and Ole Miss connected on the two-point conversion with a [15] Doug Zeigler from twelve yards out, and failed the two point pass.tight end Manning hit his [17] Jones again scored for the Razorbacks, an 8-yard rush, but failed the two-point conversion.[15] The Hogs would fail the two point run, extending the game to a fifth overtime.[17] Razorback RB

The marathon game featured 114 points, 988 offensive yards, four 100-yard rushers, and seven overtimes, with Arkansas prevailing 58–56.[15][16] The game started slowly, however, with a 7–7 tie going into halftime. Arkansas completed a field goal attempt in the third quarter, giving the Hogs a 10–7 edge.[17] A tying 32-yard field goal attempt was then set up by Eli Manning.[17] Razorback fullback Mark Pierce ran in from one yard away to take a 17–10 Arkansas lead in the fourth quarter, but Eli Manning connected with Jamie Armstead to send the game into overtime.[15]

1 2 3 4 OT 2OT 3OT 4OT 5OT 6OT 7OT Total
Razorbacks 0 7 3 7 7 0 6 6 6 8 8 58
Rebels 7 0 3 7 7 0 6 6 6 8 6 56

Ole Miss

Freshman Matt Jones scored two touchdowns, including a passing TD on his first collegiate pass, as Arkansas defeated Auburn 42–17.[13] Arkansas took advantage of Auburn miscues, including eleven penalties and three turnovers.[14] Tony Bua intercepted a pass with thirty seconds before halftime, which resulted in a 16-yard touchdown pass as the half came to a close.[13] Jermaine Petty capped the Arkansas scoring with an 88-yard interception returned for a touchdown.[14]

1 2 3 4 Total
#17 Tigers 3 7 7 0 17
Razorbacks 7 14 0 21 42


With the win, the Razorbacks moved to 11–0 in Little Rock under Nutt.[11][12]

Neither team penetrated the endzone in the first half, with the only scoring being a first quarter Brennan O'Donohoe field goal for the Razorbacks.[12] Coming out of halftime, the Gamecocks used a reverse on a kick return to start their lone scoring drive.[11] Back-up QB Corey Jenkins would finish the drive with a 41 yard scramble into the endzone.[12] Arkansas responded on the next possession with a Zak Clark to Richard Smith 10-yard TD pass, giving the Razorbacks a 10–7 lead.[11] With 6:23 left to play, the Gamecocks drove and set up a game-tying field goal.[12] South Carolina Kicker Daniel Weaver kicked the ball, and Razorback Carlos Hall leapt and deflected the kick with both hands, giving the Gamecocks their first loss and the Hogs the 10–7 win.[11]

Arkansas upset the ninth-ranked Gamecocks in Little Rock, giving the Hogs their first SEC win. Carlos Hall blocked a game-tying field goal attempt with less than a minute to play to preserve the victory.[11]

1 2 3 4 Total
#9 Gamecocks 0 0 7 0 7
Razorbacks 3 0 7 0 10

South Carolina

Lawrence Richardson returned the game's opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, and the Hogs never looked back in their 42–19 win against the Wildcats of Weber State.[9] Razorback running back Brandon Holmes added another score from one yard out to make it a 14–0 Hog lead.[10] In the second quarter, George Wilson hauled in a 33 yard strike to push the lead to 21–0.[10] To open the second half scoring, Hog RB Fred Talley sprinted 35 yards to the end zone, and after a Weber State score, Razorback Decori Birmingham added a ten-yard touchdown scamper, making the score 35–7.[9] The Wildcats connected on a 17-yard TD pass, but missed the extra point, making it a 35–13 Arkansas lead. Matt Jones then electrified the homecoming crowd with a 59-yard touchdown run to cap the Arkansas scoring at 42–13.[10] Weber State would add another score with less than a minute remaining, but Arkansas would take a 42–19 final.[9]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 0 7 12 19
Razorbacks 14 7 14 7 42

Weber St.

[8] After a third Razorback field goal by O'Donohoe, the Dogs put the game away with a four TD pass from Greene.[7] The SEC foes then swapped field goals, before Greene hooked up with [8] The Bulldogs opened the scoring with a 2 yard Verron Hayes run, countered by the Hogs with a Holmes TD run.

[8] for the injured Sorahan, and RB Brandon Holmes left the game after spraining his left shoulder.between the Hedges Back-up Hog QB Zak Clark started the game [7]

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