Alabama entered the contest undefeated and as champions of the SEC.
The Razorback defense held opponents to 62.9 passing yards per game, the third best mark in the nation. The total defense (total yards given up) ranked tenth nationally, yielding only 177.4 ypg. Arkansas had tied for the SWC championship.
Alabama scored on a 12-yard Pat Trammell touchdown run, leading 7-0. A 32-yard Davis field goal in the second quarter extended Alabama's lead to 10-0. In the third quarter, Arkansas got on the board following a 23-yard Mickey Cissell field goal. In the end, Alabama's defense proved too much, as they shutout the Razorbacks the rest of the way. Mike Fracchia was named Sugar Bowl MVP.