Ranking the 5 best Arkansas football games played in LR since 2000

Arkansas football at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Arkansas football at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /
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Arkansas football fans pack War Memorial Stadium at a game in 2011. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

The Arkansas football team is no stranger to War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Ark., having played more than 200 games in the state’s capital city.

The Razorbacks are hard to beat in The Rock, holding an all-time record of 151-60-4, according to miscellaneous stats kept by the Hogs. The Razorbacks enjoyed a 17-game winning streak in Little Rock that was finally snapped in 2004 by LSU.

Little Rock native and former Arkansas Football Head Coach Houston Nutt enjoyed a record of 22-2 in Little Rock during his tenure with the Hogs, according to WholeHogSports.

We’re taking a look at the five best games the Hogs played in Little Rock since the year 2000—a difficult task when you think about the iconic games and players who have walked across a field that’s hosted US Presidents, Bob Hope, Guns N’ Roses and of course, Arkansas football.

No 5. Arkansas football vs LSU, 2006

The Razorbacks hosted the LSU Tigers at War Memorial stadium for a game on Nov. 26, 2006. At the time, the Arkansas football team was ranked No. 5 in the country and LSU was ranked No. 9. The game featured two all-time great SEC players in Hogs running back Darren McFadden and LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell.

Powered by one of the greatest Arkansas football players in the history of the team, McFadden and his 182 rushing yards, 33 passing yards and 2 touchdowns were not able to keep up with JaMarcus Russell and the Tigers.

The Razorbacks played from behind the entire game. It looked like the Hogs finally got the momentum they needed when McFadden erupted for an 80-yard touchdown run with 10:34 left in the fourth quarter.

Unfortunately, Arkansas quarterback Casey Dick was an albatross for the team, having a miserable showing, completing 3 passes for 29 yards throughout the entire game.

The Hogs lost this one 26-31 and their hopes for a chance at the BCS National Title game were crushed in Little Rock.