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1979 Arkansas Razorbacks football team

The 1979 Arkansas Razorbacks football team represented the University of Arkansas in the Southwest Conference (SWC) during the 1979 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their third year under head coach Lou Holtz, the Razorbacks compiled a 10–2 record (7–1 against SWC opponents), finished in a tie with Houston for the SWC championship, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 284 to 132. The Razorbacks' only regular season loss was to Houston by a 13–10 score. The team advanced to the 1980 Sugar Bowl, losing to undefeated national champion Alabama by a 24–9 score.[1][2] Arkansas was ranked #8 in the final AP Poll and #9 in the final UPI Coaches Poll.

1979 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Southwest Conference co-champion
Sugar Bowl, L 24–9 vs. Alabama
ConferenceSouthwest Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 9
APNo. 8
1979 record10–2 (6–2 SWC)
Head coachLou Holtz (3rd season)
CaptainJim Howard
CaptainRoland Sales
Home stadiumRazorback Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1978
1980 →
1979 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 5 Houston + 7 1 0     11 1 0
No. 8 Arkansas + 7 1 0     10 2 0
No. 12 Texas 6 2 0     9 3 0
No. 14 Baylor 5 3 0     8 4 0
Texas A&M 4 4 0     6 5 0
SMU 3 5 0     5 6 0
Texas Tech 2 5 1     3 6 2
TCU 1 6 1     2 8 1
Rice 0 8 0     1 10 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

Offensive tackle Greg Kolenda was a consensus All-American for the Razorbacks in 1979.[3] Placekicker Ish Ordonez led the nation in field goals with 18 and lead the Southwest Conference in scoring for the second year in a row with 80 points. He broke the NCAA record of 12 consecutive field goals making 16 and hit 18 of 22 field goals on the season, for an 82% average and was second-team All-American. As a defense, Arkansas was tied for 6th in scoring defense in the 1979 season, giving up 108 points in 11 games (9.8 ppg).

Contents

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 15Colorado State*No. 17W 36–355,317
September 22Oklahoma State*No. 15
  • War Memorial Stadium
  • Little Rock, AR
W 27–755,812
September 29Tulsa*No. 13W 33–845,742
October 6at TCUNo. 13W 16–1325,317
October 13at Texas TechNo. 12W 20–647,109
October 20No. 2 TexasNo. 10
  • War Memorial Stadium
  • Little Rock, AR (rivalry)
ABCW 17–1455,838
October 27No. 6 HoustonNo. 4
  • Razorback Stadium
  • Fayetteville, AR
ABCL 10–1343,319
November 3at RiceNo. 9W 34–717,000
November 10No. 17 BaylorNo. 9
  • Razorback Stadium
  • Fayetteville, AR
W 29–2043,284
November 17at Texas A&MNo. 8W 22–1062,648
November 24SMUNo. 7
  • War Memorial Stadium
  • Little Rock, AR
W 31–754,718
January 1vs. No. 2 Alabama*No. 6ABCL 9–2477,486
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll

RosterEdit

  • RB Gary Anderson, Fresh
  • Jeff Goff (defense), Soph
  • DE Jim Howard
  • TE Darryl Mason
  • PK Ish Ordonez
  • Ricky Richardson (defense), Soph
  • QB Kevin Scanlon, Sr.

Season summaryEdit

TexasEdit

1 234Total
Texas 7 007 14
• Arkansas 0 773 17
  • Date: October 20
  • Location: War Memorial Stadium
  • Game attendance: 55,838

Texas' John Goodson missed a 51-yard field goal into a 24-mile per hour wind with 1:29 left to play as Arkansas beat the Longhorns for the first time since 1971. [4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Arkansas Yearly Results (1975-1979)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  2. ^ "19789Arkansas Razorbacks Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  3. ^ "Consensus All Americans."1979 Retrieved on July 31, 2007.
  4. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1979 Oct 21.