TCU-Arkansas gives old school fans a taste of the Southwest Conference past

Most of the current players are too young to know -- "I wasn't. I'm not. I have no idea," wide receiver Desmon White says. 

And Gary Patterson is too focused to care -- "I haven't been to a tailgate in 34 years, and I haven't been to one of those golf tournaments on Friday before a ballgame, either."

But the reality is -- with TCU playing Arkansas this weekend -- for a certain generation of fans, this game has Southwest Conference written all over it.

"Played each other every year from like 1930 thru '91," TCU alum John Denton recalled Tuesday.

And for a lot of that time, TCU wasn't a very good football team.  Especially against Arkansas.

"To think that you could lose to somebody for 22 years in a row... and a lot of those years, it wasn't even close."

Denton, now part of the TCU broadcast team, was on the 1981 team that snapped that 22-game losing streak.

"To be able to make the plays that we made, in the 4th quarter -- there's a 99-yard drive -- Steve Stamp threw a slant pass to Stanley Washington for the win."

Ten years later, these two played for the final time in Southwest Conference play.  And since then -- not a single game.

"For whatever reason we never saw them in a bowl game, we never scheduled 'em non-conference, so, it's a great opportunity, and it'll be loud here," Denton predicts.

And thanks to Arkansas' grinding offensive style, maybe the game will even look old school.

"If things get going for Arkansas offensively, you may see a good ol' fashioned 7-minute drive, which we never see anymore," Denton says.

And while the players are too young to remember -- they still understand.

"There's a lot of history, going into this game," defensive end James McFarland says.  "There's a lot of bragging rights for the future, so... we have it in the back of our minds, but for the most part, we're just trying to win game number two."

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