The mystique that surrounds college football is the result of rivalries that have produced numerous memorable games and heroes. The SMU-Arkansas rivalry is one such rivalry. In 1997, SMU and Arkansas met in Shreveport's Independence Stadium in an early season showdown between the former SWC foes. Fans that day witnessed one of the most dominant performances by a Mustang team in the storied rivalry. The Mustangs cruised to a 31-9 win, making it one of the 90 Greatest Moments in SMU Football History.
The Razorbacks were coming off a season in which they won the SEC Western Division and earned a trip to the Carquest Bowl. Hoping to end a two game skid to SMU, the Razorbacks entered the game seeking revenge. What they found was an SMU team that was ready for a battle. The Mustangs exploded for 462 yards in total offense, including 252 on the ground. Senior RB Donte Womack established career highs for carries (38) and rushing yards (212). Womack's 212 yards rushing tied him for 6th place all-time for a single-game total in school history. While Womack punished the Razorbacks on the ground, QB Ramon Flanigan was nearly flawless through the air as he completed 9 of 10 passes for 154 yards and two TDs, including a 77-yard strike to freshman WR Jack Brewer for a score early in the 3rd quarter.
The Mustang defense had one of its most dominating performances in school history. Led by LBs Chris Bordano and Craig Swann, the Mustangs held Arkansas to minus 22 yards rushing, the second best rushing defense effort ever by a Mustang team. It was also the fewest rushing yards an Arkansas team had ever gained in a game. SMU forced four Razorback turnovers en route to allowing just nine points, the fewest points SMU allowed to Arkansas since a 17-0 win in Little Rock in 1983. This was SMU's third straight win over Arkansas making it one of the 90 Greatest Moments in SMU Football History.