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Arkansas–Ole Miss football rivalry


Arkansas–Ole Miss football rivalry

Arkansas–Mississippi football rivalry
Sport Football
First meeting October 10, 1908
Arkansas 33, Ole Miss 0
Latest meeting November 22, 2014
Arkansas 30, Ole Miss 0
Next meeting November 7, 2015
Meetings total 60
All-time series Arkansas leads, 32–28–1 (per Ole Miss) or 33–27–1 (per Arkansas)
Largest victory Arkansas, 44–8 (2007)
Longest streak Ole Miss, 6 (1958–1970)
Current streak Arkansas, 1 (2014-present)

The Arkansas–Ole Miss football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Arkansas Razorbacks football team of the University of Arkansas and the Ole Miss Rebels football team of the University of Mississippi. The teams first met in 1908, and have played each other every year since 1981. Arkansas leads the series, which includes two wins by Ole Miss in postseason bowl games, the 1963 and 1970 Sugar Bowls.


  • History 1
    • Pre 1980s 1.1
    • 1980s to present 1.2
    • Recently (2000s) 1.3
  • Houston Nutt controversy 2
  • Game results 3
  • Notable games 4
    • 1908 – First Meeting 4.1
    • 1914 – Contentious result 4.2
    • 1954 – Powder River Pass 4.3
    • 1959 4.4
    • 1960 4.5
    • 1963 Sugar Bowl with National Championship implications 4.6
    • 2001 – Record 7-Overtime Game 4.7
    • 2008 – Houston Nutt's first return to Arkansas 4.8
    • 2011 - Houston Nutt's last stand 4.9
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The rivalry between Arkansas and Ole Miss developed partially due to geography. Besides being neighboring states in the southeastern United States, from the University of Arkansas' perspective, the University of Mississippi is closer in terms of distance than any other Southeastern Conference school. Arkansas has played Ole Miss more than any other SEC opponent with the exception of Texas A&M.[1]

Pre 1980s

The teams were first scheduled to meet each other in 1906, but due to a cancellation, the two teams began play against one another in a 1908 contest in which Arkansas won by a score of 33–0. Arkansas and Mississippi played many times sporadically in the following years. In addition to several single years of playing each other, the two teams played each other from 1940–47 and 1952–62 on an annual basis. The Razorbacks and Rebels also met twice in the Sugar Bowl played in New Orleans, in 1963 and 1970; both contests were won by Ole Miss. Especially in the early years, the teams often met in Memphis, Tennessee to play the game, besides the normal Arkansas and Mississippi game sites.

1980s to present

Since 1981, the two teams have played each other annually in football. The games have generally alternated yearly between a site in Mississippi (Jackson, or more recently Oxford) and a site in Arkansas (Little Rock, or more recently Fayetteville), except for one time in 1995 when the game was played in Memphis, Tennessee. Since Arkansas joined the Southeastern Conference in 1991 (first football season was 1992; previously a member of the SWC), the two teams have played annually as both conference and Western division rivals.

Recently (2000s)

In 2001, Arkansas and Ole Miss had an NCAA record seven-overtime game in Oxford, MS. Arkansas has had the overall advantage since 2000, winning 8 games to 6 for Ole Miss.

Houston Nutt controversy

Upon the conclusion of the Ed Orgeron who had been fired after three consecutive losing seasons.

Ole Miss and Arkansas met in Fayetteville on October 25, 2008 with identical 3–4 records. This marked Nutt's first return to the University of Arkansas campus as an opposing coach. Nutt led his Rebels to a 23–21 victory over the Razorbacks. The long-standing rivalry has become more interesting because of his association with both universities.

Game results

The results of games played between Arkansas and Ole Miss:[5]

Arkansas victories Ole Miss victories Ties and disputed games
# Date Location Winner Score
1 1908 Fayetteville, AR Arkansas 33–0
2 1913 Little Rock, AR Ole Miss 21–10
3 1914 Little Rock, AR Ole Miss 13–7*
4 1924 Little Rock, AR Arkansas 20–0
5 1926 Fayetteville, AR Arkansas 21–6
6 1928 Oxford, MS Ole Miss 25–0
7 1937 Memphis, TN Arkansas 32–6
8 1938 Memphis, TN Ole Miss 20–14
9 1940 Memphis, TN Arkansas 21–20
10 1941 Memphis, TN Ole Miss 18–0
11 1942 Memphis, TN Arkansas 7–6
12 1944 Memphis, TN Arkansas 26–18
13 1945 Memphis, TN Arkansas 19–0
14 1946 Memphis, TN Ole Miss 9–0
15 1947 Memphis, TN Arkansas 19–14
16 1952 Little Rock, AR Ole Miss 34–7
17 1953 Memphis, TN Ole Miss 28–0
18 1954 Little Rock, AR Arkansas 6–0
19 1955 Oxford, MS Ole Miss 17–7
20 1956 Little Rock, AR Arkansas 14–0
21 1957 Memphis, TN Arkansas 12–6
22 1958 Little Rock, AR Ole Miss 14–12
23 1959 Memphis, TN Ole Miss 28–0
24 1960 Little Rock, AR Ole Miss 10–7
25 1961 Jackson, MS Ole Miss 16–0
26 1963 New Orleans, LA Ole Miss 13–7
27 1970 New Orleans, LA Ole Miss 27–22
28 1981 Jackson, MS Arkansas 27–13
29 1982 Little Rock, AR Arkansas 14–12
30 1983 Jackson, MS Ole Miss 13–10
31 1984 Little Rock, AR Tie 14–14
32 1985 Jackson, MS Arkansas 24–19
# Date Location Winner Score
33 1986 Little Rock, AR Arkansas 21–0
34 1987 Jackson, MS Arkansas 31–10
35 1988 Little Rock, AR Arkansas 21–13
36 1989 Jackson, MS Arkansas 24–17
37 1990 Little Rock, AR Ole Miss 21–17
38 1991 Jackson, MS Ole Miss 24–17
39 1992 Little Rock, AR Ole Miss 17–3
40 1993 Jackson, MS Ole Miss 19–0
41 1994 Fayetteville, AR Arkansas 31–7
42 1995 Memphis, TN Arkansas 13–6
43 1996 Fayetteville, AR Arkansas 13–7
44 1997 Oxford, MS Ole Miss 19–9
45 1998 Fayetteville, AR Arkansas 34–0
46 1999 Oxford, MS Ole Miss 38–16
47 2000 Fayetteville, AR Ole Miss 38–24
48 2001 Oxford, MS Arkansas 58–56
49 2002 Fayetteville, AR Arkansas 48–28
50 2003 Oxford, MS Ole Miss 19–7
51 2004 Fayetteville, AR Arkansas 35–3
52 2005 Oxford, MS Arkansas 28–17
53 2006 Fayetteville, AR Arkansas 38–3
54 2007 Oxford, MS Arkansas 44–8
55 2008 Fayetteville, AR Ole Miss 23–21
56 2009 Oxford, MS Ole Miss 30–17
57 2010 Fayetteville, AR Arkansas 38–24
58 2011 Oxford, MS Arkansas 29–24
59 2012 Little Rock, AR Ole Miss 30–27
60 2013 Oxford, MS Ole Miss 34–24
61 2014 Fayetteville, AR Arkansas 30–0
62 2015 Oxford, MS
Series: Arkansas leads 32–28–1 per Ole Miss
or Arkansas leads 33–27–1 per Arkansas

*Arkansas claims "Won by forfeit" while Ole Miss claims "Won on field".
^ Played in the Sugar Bowl.

Notable games

1908 – First Meeting

Arkansas 33 – Ole Miss 0

The very first meeting between the two teams was a 1908 contest in which Arkansas won 33–0. The teams were first scheduled to meet each other in 1906, but due to a cancellation, the 1908 contest was the first meeting.

1914 – Contentious result

Arkansas lists the 1914 contest as a forfeit by Ole Miss because Ole Miss used an ineligible player. Ole Miss denies the allegation of using an ineligible player and therefore lists the contest by the recorded on the field winning score of 13–7 in favor of Ole Miss.[6][7][8] Therefore, the two school's official records for the overall series shows a one game difference. Ole Miss lists the series as 31–28–1 in favor of Arkansas while Arkansas lists the series as 32–27–1 in their favor.

1954 – Powder River Pass

Arkansas 6 – Ole Miss 0

Arkansas and Ole Miss met in 1955 Sugar Bowl, losing to Navy.


Ole Miss 28 – Arkansas 0

The 1959 contest was won by Ole Miss 28–0 in Memphis, Tennessee on their way to a final record of 10–1 for the 1959 season and one of their three claimed national championships.


Ole Miss 10 – Arkansas 7

The 1960 contest between the teams was won by Ole Miss 10–7 at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Arkansas, on their way to a final record of 10–0–1 for the 1960 season and the second of their three claimed national championships. Sometimes called the Tommy Bell game by Arkansas fans, he called a timeout in an attempt to quiet Razorback fans.[9] Rebel Allen Green did not hear the whistle and kicked the ball through the uprights. After the timeout, fans swear Bell signaled that the kick was good as soon as Green connected with the ball. Fans also swear that the kick was no good. Fighting broke out all around the stadium and because of this, the annual series between the two schools was played the next year in Jackson and then canceled until the two teams renewed the series in 1981.

1963 Sugar Bowl with National Championship implications

1 2 3 4 Total
Razorbacks 0 3 10 0 13
Rebels 3 7 7 0 17

Ole Miss 17 – Arkansas 13

The January 1, 1963 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans was played between the two teams as an end to the 1962 regular season. It was both the Razorbacks' and Rebels' fourth bowl in four seasons, and was the second straight Sugar Bowl for Arkansas.

After each team kicked field goals, Ole Miss scored the first touchdown, a 33 yard strike from Glynn Griffing to Louis Guy gave the Rebels a 10–3 lead.[10] The Hogs replied with a five-yard touchdown toss from Billy Moore to knot the game at 10. Ole Miss QB Griffing then scored on a one-yard touchdown scamper. The Razorbacks tacked on a field goal, but neither team could dent the scoreboard in the fourth quarter. Ole Miss won the game 17–13 to finish the season 10–0 and win a share of the 1962 national championship in college football. This is the last of three national championships Ole Miss claims.

2001 – Record 7-Overtime Game

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

Arkansas 58 – Ole Miss 56 (7OT)

On November 3, 2001, Arkansas and Ole Miss played in an NCAA record 7-overtime game in Oxford, MS. The marathon game featured 114 points, 988 offensive yards, four 100-yard rushers, and seven overtimes, with Arkansas prevailing 58–56.[11][12] 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.[13] A tying 32-yard field goal attempt was then set up by Eli Manning.[13] 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.[11]

Razorback RB

  • List of Arkansas vs Mississippi Games | HogDatabase

External links

  1. ^ : NCAAF : Arkansas : Series records
  2. ^ – Writers – Stewart Mandel: Nutt faces heat in truly bizarre Arkansas soap opera – Thursday February 22, 2007 6:10PM
  3. ^ SN: Time for Nutt to bolt Arkansas – College football –
  4. ^ ESPN – Nutt agrees with Ole Miss hours after resigning from Arkansas – College Football
  5. ^ : NCAAF Football : Series records : Arkansas vs. Mississippi
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  9. ^ Bailey, Jim, and Henry, Orville. "The Razorbacks-A Story of Arkansas Football"
  10. ^ "Ole Miss History and Records." University of Mississippi. Ole Miss Bowl History. Retrieved on July 7. 2008.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Arkansas vs. Ole Miss." Box Score, Stats, and Game Summary. USA Today. Nov 3, 2001. Retrieved on August 23, 2008.
  12. ^ "2001 SEC Football Standings." 2001 SEC Scores. Dec 13, 2001. Retrieved on August 23, 2008.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Arkansas Downs Ole Miss 58–56 in Seven Overtimes." Story. 11/3/01. Retrieved on August 23, 2008.
  14. ^ Arkansas Downs Ole Miss 58–56 in Seven Overtimes – University of Arkansas Athletics
  15. ^ Nov 03 2001 – Arkansas 58, Ole Miss 56 :: Arkansas Razorback Sports Network :: Your Online Source for Razorback Football and Basketball


The win was Arkansas's second in a row in the series, and it was Houston Nutt's final game against his former team. He was fired at the end of the 2011 season.

The Razorbacks continued in the third quarter with a 19-0 scoring run, including two touchdown runs by quarterback Tyler Wilson and a safety; the Razorbacks were up 26-17. Arkansas added a field goal in the fourth quarter before the Rebels rallied: Ole Miss closed within 29-24 late in the game and was able to recover an onside kick. The Rebels's chance of a winning touchdown was thwarted with Eric Bennett's interception of Randall Mackey with little time remaining, sealing the win for Arkansas. Arkansas moved up to 6-1 (2-1 SEC) while Ole Miss fell to 2-5 (0-4 SEC).

When the two teams met on October 22, 2011, in Oxford, they seemed to be heading in different directions. Arkansas was ranked in the top ten, fresh off two top-15 victories, while the Rebels were winless in the SEC with coach Houston Nutt on the hot seat. The Rebels, however, surprised the Razorbacks by opening up a 17-0 lead in the second quarter behind quarterback Randall Mackey. A late touchdown brought Arkansas to within 10 points.

Arkansas 29 - Ole Miss 24

1 2 3 4 Total
Razorbacks 0 7 19 3 29
Rebels 3 14 0 7 24

2011 - Houston Nutt's last stand

On October 25, 2008, Ole Miss returned to Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas for the 55th meeting between the two programs. This was the first game between Ole Miss and Arkansas with former Razorback head coach Houston Nutt as the head coach of the Rebels. Ole Miss won the game by a score of 23 to 21. This was the Rebels' first win in the series since 2003.

Ole Miss 23 – Arkansas 21

1 2 3 4 Total
Rebels 3 10 0 10 23
Razorbacks 0 7 0 14 21

2008 – Houston Nutt's first return to Arkansas

The win moved Arkansas to 5–3 on the year and 3–0 in overtime.[11] Arkansas would play another seven-overtime game, in 2003. Arkansas ended up winning with a final score of 71-63. Arkansas finished with 531 yards of offense, 370 rushing and 161 passing, while Ole Miss netted 457 yards of offense, 312 passing and 166 rushing.[14][15]

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.[11][13]

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.[13] 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.[11]

[13] The game would go to a seventh overtime.[11] Razorback Pierce ran in from two yards out, and Arkansas completed the tying two-point conversion on a Jones pass.[13] 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 [11] Doug Zeigler from twelve yards out, and failed the two point pass.tight end Manning hit his [13] Jones again scored for the Razorbacks, an 8-yard rush, but failed the two-point conversion.[11] The Hogs would fail the two point run, extending the game to a fifth overtime.[13]

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