Razorback History-The 1965 Season Begins

by Animal on June 28, 2009

In 1965 the first American combat troops arrived in Vietnam. Bonanza was the most popular show on television. The Sound of Music was playing in movie theaters. And the Arkansas Razorbacks entered the college football season with a 12 game winning streak and visions of a second national championship.

The Hogs had graduated 14 senior captains from the 1964 team including quarterback Fred Marshall, punt returner Ken Hatfield, and guard Jerry Jones. The coaching staff returned intact. On defense Jim McKenzie was assistant head coach and defensive coordinator, Wilson Matthews coached linebackers, and Johnny Majors coached defensive backs. On offense Bill Pace coached the backs and called the plays, Merv Johnson was offensive line coach, and Barry Switzer coached the ends. Broyles was the CEO.

While the 1964 team was built around defense, the 1965 Hogs were the highest scoring team in the nation. Jim Lindsey and Bobby Burnett returned in the backfield and Bobby Crockett was an All-American split end. Harry Jones was moved from safety to wingback. Jon Brittenum stepped up to fill Marshall’s shoes at quarterback.

The defense was led by returning defensive end Bobby Roper and defensive tackles Jim Williams and Loyd Phillips, who would have an All-American season.

The Porkers opened the season with a 28-14 win over Oklahoma State at War Memorial Stadium. They followed that with a 20-12 win over Tulsa at Fayetteville, a 28-0 shutout over TCU in Little Rock, and a 38-7 win over Baylor at Waco.

Brittenum was playing so well he got his own song, “Jon Brittenum, Quarterbackin’ Man,” a hit on AM stations in Arkansas. Lindsay broke a rib in the season opener and Jones stepped in and quickly became known as “Light Horse Harry.” Jones not only got his own song like Brittenum, he also landed on the cover of the November 8, 1965 edition of Sports Illustrated beneath the headline


Once again, the Texas game loomed large. On October 16, 1965 the undefeated and #1 ranked Longhorns traveled to Fayetteville to take on the undefeated and #2 ranked Hogs before a national television audience.

Next up: Razorback History-The 1965 Texas Game


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