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1961 Arkansas Razorbacks football team

The 1961 Arkansas Razorbacks football team represented the University of Arkansas in the Southwest Conference (SWC) during the 1961 NCAA University Division football season. In their fourth year under head coach Frank Broyles, the Razorbacks compiled an 8–3 record (6–1 against SWC opponents), finished in a tie with Texas for the SWC championship, and outscored all opponents by a combined total of 183 to 97.[1] The Razorbacks' only losses during the regular season came against Mississippi by a 16–0 score and to Texas by a 33–7 score. The team was ranked #9 in the final AP Poll and #8 in the final UPI Coaches Poll and went on to lose to the undefeated national champion Alabama Crimson Tide in the 1962 Sugar Bowl by a 10–3 score.[2]

1961 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Southwest Conference co–champion
Sugar Bowl, L 3–10 vs. Alabama
ConferenceSouthwest Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 8
APNo. 9
1961 record8–3 (6–1 SWC)
Head coachFrank Broyles (4th season)
Captains
  • John Childress
  • Harold Horton
  • George McKinney
Home stadiumRazorback Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1960
1962 →
1961 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 3 Texas + 6 1 0     10 1 0
No. 9 Arkansas + 6 1 0     8 3 0
No. 17 Rice 5 2 0     7 4 0
Texas A&M 3 4 0     4 5 1
TCU 2 4 1     3 5 2
Baylor 2 5 0     6 5 0
Texas Tech 2 5 0     4 6 0
SMU 1 5 1     2 7 1
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

Arkansas halfback Lance Alworth was selected by the Football Writers Association of America as a first-team player on the 1961 College Football All-America Team. He was also honored as a second-team All-American by the Associated Press and United Press International. Alworth was later inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 23at No. 9 Ole Miss*L 0–16
September 30Tulsa*W 6–0
October 7TCUW 28–3
October 14at No. 9 BaylorW 23–1334,000
October 21No. 3 TexasNo. 10
  • Razorback Stadium
  • Fayetteville, AR (rivalry)
L 7–3333,000
October 28Northwestern State*
  • War Memorial Stadium
  • Little Rock, AR
W 42–7
November 4Texas A&M
  • Razorback Stadium
  • Fayetteville, AR (rivalry)
W 15–8
November 11at RiceW 10–0
November 18at SMUW 21–717,000
November 25Texas Tech*No. 9
  • War Memorial Stadium
  • Little Rock, AR (rivalry)
W 28-041,000
January 1No. 1 Alabama*No. 9L 3–1082,910
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Arkansas Yearly Results (1960-1964)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  2. ^ "1961 Arkansas Razorbacks Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 1, 2015.