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)
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Ryan Mallett, Arkansas football (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

No  4. Arkansas football vs LSU, 2010

The No. 12 Razorbacks hosted the No. 5 Tigers in a thrilling matchup in Little Rock. Hogs quarterback Ryan Mallett had a signature game for the team, throwing for 320 passing yards and 3 touchdowns, most of which were to Cobi Hamilton. The electric Hamilton finished the game with an astounding 3 catches for 164 passing yards and 2 touchdowns.

The Hogs were in control of this game, never trailing against one of the best teams in the country.

Running back Knile Davis had himself a day with 30 carries for 152 yards and a touchdown.

After the game, Arkansas Head Coach Bobby Petrino gave one of the all-time great one-liners saying, “We didn’t come to paint. We came to win the game.”

It was so great, the University of Arkansas made a move to trademark the phrase not long after Petrino uttered the very words, according to Arkansas Business.

No 3. Arkansas football vs South Carolina, 2001

This game was a mostly a back-and-forth punting affair (15 combined punts!) up until the end of the game. A thrilling finish between an unranked Razorback team and No. 9 South Carolina gives credence to rank this as one of the best games in Little Rock. This game featured a play so iconic it became known as the game with “The Block.”

With 48 seconds left in the game and the Hogs up 10-7, South Carolina lined up to kick a 32-yard field goal to send the game to overtime. Carlos Hall exploded off the line and blocked the kick to preserve and clinch the win over a top-ranked Gamecocks team.

Hall became a hero and created one of the most memorable endings to a Little Rock game in modern Razorback history.