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. 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
|1979 record||10–2 (6–2 SWC)|
|Head coach||Lou Holtz (3rd season)|
|Home stadium||Razorback Stadium|
War Memorial Stadium
|1979 Southwest Conference football standings|
|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|
Rankings from AP Poll
Offensive tackle Greg Kolenda was a consensus All-American for the Razorbacks in 1979. 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).
|September 15||Colorado State*||No. 17||War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR||W 36–3||55,317|
|September 22||Oklahoma State*||No. 15||War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR||W 27–7||55,812|
|September 29||Tulsa*||No. 13||Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR||W 33–8||45,742|
|October 6||at TCU||No. 13||Amon G. Carter Stadium • Fort Worth, TX||W 16–13||25,317|
|October 13||at Texas Tech||No. 12||Jones Stadium • Lubbock, TX (rivalry)||W 20–6||47,109|
|October 20||No. 2 Texas||No. 10||War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR (rivalry)||ABC||W 17–14||55,838|
|October 27||No. 6 Houston||No. 4||Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR||ABC||L 10–13||43,319|
|November 3||at Rice||No. 9||Rice Stadium • Houston, TX||W 34–7||17,000|
|November 10||No. 17 Baylor||No. 9||Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR||W 29–20||43,284|
|November 17||at Texas A&M||No. 8||Kyle Field • College Station, TX (rivalry)||W 22–10||62,648|
|November 24||SMU||No. 7||War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR||W 31–7||54,718|
|January 1||vs. No. 2 Alabama*||No. 6||Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl)||ABC||L 9–24||77,486|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.|
- 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.
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. 
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