Alabama fans were gracious for the play that saved the Crimson Tide’s football season — a play that didn’t involve the Crimson Tide at all, but one that eventually helped lead them to a national championship. Fans were so thankful that they sent letters and tweets to Arkansas players.
Arkansas senior quarterback Brandon Allen fielded questions about the play that turned the tide in overtime (the 4th-and-25 “Henry Heave”) and led the Hogs to an overtime victory over Ole Miss.
“Yeah, we actually got a lot of fan mail from Alabama fans, people down here thanking us for beating Ole Miss,” Allen told Michael Casagrande of Al.com on Tuesday. “Obviously we would have loved to have beaten both of them, but I don’t think we ever thought of it when we were playing Ole Miss. We were just trying to win the game and it just kind of fell the way it did and worked out for them.”
The win gave Ole Miss its second SEC loss, putting them one game behind Alabama, whose only loss last year was to the Rebels. Neiter team lost anymore, but it was the Crimson Tide who won the SEC West, then the SEC championship and eventually the national title in the College Football Playoff.
Allen said he and his teammates also received tweets from Alabama fans.
“Oh people tweeted at us, me and Hunter and Alex and some of those guys involved in that play,” Allen told Casagrande, “thanking us for knocking them out.”
Arkansas won five of its last six regular season games, including victories over Ole Miss, LSU, Auburn and Missouri, to qualify for a bowl game. Arkansas capped its season with a convincing 45-23 win over Kansas State in the Liberty Bowl.
The story published on Al.com on Tuesday begins: “History probably won’t remember last year’s Arkansas-Ole Miss ending in that first-tier of college football moments.”
Well, Arkansas and Alabama fans will most likely remember history.