FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — This is unlike other countdowns you have seen honoring Arkansas’ 25 seasons in the SEC.
These are memories. And we here at SEC Country wanted to reflect on the best — and worst — memories of the last 25 years.
This countdown is not of the best football moments. These aren’t simply the best games. This is built to bring back memories. It includes “where were you when …” snapshots and more broad tales of players, teams and seasons.
It should be noted this is limited to the so-called “big three” sports. Apologies to all other sports — especially track and field — but at some point comparing moments across the spectrum becomes impossible.
Here are the previous moments:
- No. 25: The moment Arkansas’ 2012 season hit rock bottom
- No 24: The hiring of Bret Bielema
- No. 23: Run to the 2004 College World Series
- No. 22: Rohan Gaines’ 102-yard INT return vs Ole Miss
- No. 21: Arkansas stuns No. 4 Tennessee
- No. 20: Austin Allen vs. TCU
- No. 19: Miracle on Markham II
18. Joe Adams’ electrifying punt return vs. Tennessee
Arkansas’ 2011 season is one of the best in program history. The Razorbacks matched their highest win total with 11, a number they also reached in 1964 and 1997, and won the Cotton Bowl.
Arguably the most memorable moment of that season came late in the first quarter of the Hogs’ 49-7 victory over Tennessee at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Wide receiver Joe Adams fielded a punt at Arkansas’ 40-yard line, retreated 11 yards, shook off seven tackle attempts and weaved through the Volunteers’ coverage unit on his way to an incredible 60-yard touchdown return.
It was the best of Adams’ four punt return touchdowns that season, which led the nation and helped him win the Jet Award. He was also a consensus All-American as a return specialist, besting such players as Tavon Austin (West Virginia), Tyler Lockett (Kansas State), LaMichael James (Oregon) and Tyrann Mathieu (LSU) for the honor.