Horns, Hogs, and Nixon Coming: Texas vs. Arkansas in Dixie's Last Stand

Horns, Hogs, and Nixon Coming: Texas vs. Arkansas in Dixie's Last Stand

by Terry Frei
Horns, Hogs, and Nixon Coming: Texas vs. Arkansas in Dixie's Last Stand

Horns, Hogs, and Nixon Coming: Texas vs. Arkansas in Dixie's Last Stand

by Terry Frei


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The story of “one of the most tumultuous and important years in American history” (The Denver Post)—a remarkable week in which irresistible social change and thrilling sports met head-on—in the 1969 version of college football’s game of the century.

On December 6, 1969, the Texas Longhorns and the Arkansas Razorbacks met in what many consider the game of the century. Both teams were undefeated; both featured devastating and innovative offenses; both boasted stingy defenses; and both were coached by superior tacticians and stirring motivators: Texas’s Darrell Royal and Arkansas’s Frank Broyles. Moreover, President Richard Nixon was on hand to present his own national championship plaque to the winners. Even if it had been just a game, it would have been memorable. But it was much more, because nothing was so simple in December 1969.

In this “delightful, well-researched chronicle of a turbulent era” (Library Journal), Terry Frei deftly weaves the social, political, and athletic trends together for an unforgettable look at one of the landmark college sporting events of all time. Gripping, nimble, and clear-eyed, Horns, Hogs, and Nixon Coming is a great story, well told with more delicious details than a linebacker could tackle” (San Antonio Express News).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501136337
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 02/16/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Terry Frei is the author of seven books, including the highly acclaimed Third Down and a War to Go and the fact-based Olympic Affair: A Novel of Hitler’s Siren and America’s Hero. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

Table of Contents

1Coach Broyles7
3Coach Royal16
4Slick and Company28
5The Colonel, the Tailback, the Rhodes Scholar, and the Disillusioned Vet41
6Texan Razorbacks51
7... and Nixon Coming63
8The Good Die Young73
9Dixie's Last Stand84
10Loose-Cannon Captains101
11Coaches' Sons111
12Hogs Up Front119
13Horns Up Front127
14Happy Thanksgiving133
15New York, New York, and Points Elsewhere140
16Defensing the Wishbone145
17Defensing the Razorbacks154
18Draft Lottery and the View from Oxford162
19Turmoil and Tragedy167
20Horns Getting Ready179
21Hogs Getting Ready189
22The President Has Landed196
24Back and Forth219
25Going for Broke229
26Right 53 Veer Pass239
27To the Finish247
28Presidential Addresses258
29All Quiet267
33Bourbon Street283
35Horns Revisited293
36Hogs Revisited302
Sources and Credits319
Rosters and 1969 Results323
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