Arkansas Razorbacks football, 1980–89

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1980[edit]

1980 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Hall of Fame Classic vs. Tulane, W, 34–15
Conference Southwest Conference
1980 record 7–5–0 (3–5–0 SWC)
Head coach Lou Holtz
Defensive coordinator Bob Cope
Home stadium Razorback Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1979 1981 »
1980 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#14 Baylor 8 0 0     10 2 0
#20 SMU 5 3 0     8 4 0
Houston 5 3 0     7 5 0
Texas 4 4 0     7 5 0
Rice 4 4 0     5 6 0
Arkansas 3 5 0     7 5 0
Texas Tech 3 5 0     5 6 0
Texas A&M 3 5 0     4 7 0
TCU 1 7 1     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Overview[edit]

A bright spot for the Hogs in 1980 was senior punter Steve Cox. He led college football with an average of 46.5 yards per punt. He would go on to win Super Bowl XXII with the Washington Redskins. Cox completed one of only six field goals of 60+ yards in NFL history.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 1, 1980 at #10 Texas #6 Memorial StadiumAustin, TX L 17–23   70,000
September 23, 1980 Oklahoma State* #17 War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR W 33–20   55,822
September 27, 1980 Tulsa* #15 Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR W 33–8   41,082
October 4, 1980 TCU #14 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 44–7   42,314
October 11, 1980 Wichita State* #15 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 27–7   54,268
October 25, 1980 at Houston #15 AstrodomeHouston, TX L 17–24   41,308
November 1, 1980 Rice War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR L 16–17   53,858
November 8, 1980 at #16 Baylor Baylor StadiumWaco, TX L 15–42   46,000
November 15, 1980 Texas A&M Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR (Rivalry) W 27–24   38,715
November 22, 1980 at SMU Texas StadiumIrving, TX L 7–31   28,225
November 29, 1980 Texas Tech War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 22–16   50,926
December 27, 1980 vs. Tulane* Legion FieldBirmingham, AL (Hall of Fame Classic) W 34–15   29,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1981[edit]

1981 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Gator Bowl vs. North Carolina, L, 27–31
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
Coaches #16
1981 record 8–4–0 (5–3–0 SWC)
Head coach Lou Holtz
Offensive coordinator Larry Beightol
Defensive coordinator Don Lindsey
Home stadium Razorback Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1980 1982 »
1981 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 SMU 7 1 0     10 1 0
#2 Texas 6 1 1     10 1 1
Houston 5 2 1     7 4 1
Arkansas 5 3 0     8 4 0
Texas A&M 4 4 0     7 5 0
Rice 3 5 0     4 7 0
Baylor 3 5 0     5 6 0
TCU 1 6 1     2 7 2
Texas Tech 0 7 1     1 9 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Overview[edit]

The biggest win of the year was against a #1 Texas team, which the Razorbacks were rivals with already. Although unranked, the Razorbacks came out on top by 31 points, removing Texas' #1 ranking. The Hogs received a Gator Bowl berth against a 10–2–0 North Carolina team ranked 11th, while the Hogs were unranked at the time.[1] The SWC's champion, SMU, could not participate in a bowl game due to probation.[2]

Defensive lineman Billy Ray Smith was a consensus All-American for Arkansas.[3] Bruce Lahay, a kicker, also received first-team honors. Lahay was in a three-way tie for field goals per game in 1981, hitting on 1.73 per game. This mark was also held by Kevin Butler of Georgia and Larry Roach of Oklahoma State.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 12, 1981 Tulsa* Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR W 14–10   42,118
September 19, 1981 Northwestern* War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR W 38–7   54,532
September 26, 1981 at Mississippi* Memorial StadiumJackson, MS (Rivalry) W 27–13   63,522
October 3, 1981 at TCU Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX L 24–28   30,313
October 10, 1981 at Texas Tech Jones StadiumLubbock, TX W 26–14   41,866
October 17, 1981 #1 Texas Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 42–11   44,031
October 24, 1981 Houston #12 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR L 17–20   54,618
October 31, 1981 at Rice #20 Rice StadiumHouston, TX W 41–7   12,000
November 7, 1981 Baylor #19 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 41–39   54,560
November 14, 1981 at Texas A&M #16 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX (Rivalry) W 10–7   60,003
November 21, 1981 SMU #16 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR L 12–32   43,842
December 28, 1981 vs. #11 North Carolina* Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl) L 27–31   71,009
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Game notes[edit]

Texas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Texas 0 3 0 8 11
Arkansas 15 10 14 3 42

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1982[edit]

1982 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Bluebonnet Bowl vs. Florida, W, 28–24
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
Coaches #8
AP #13
1982 record 9–2–1 (5–2–1 SWC)
Head coach Lou Holtz
Home stadium Razorback Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1981 1983 »
1982 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 SMU 7 0 1     11 0 1
#17 Texas 7 1 0     9 3 0
#9 Arkansas 5 2 1     9 2 1
Houston 4 3 1     5 5 1
Baylor 3 4 1     4 6 1
Texas A&M 3 5 0     5 6 0
Texas Tech 3 5 0     4 7 0
TCU 2 6 0     3 8 0
Rice 0 8 0     0 11 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Overview[edit]

Arkansas had two consensus All-Americans in 1982, Steve Korte, on the offensive line, and defensive lineman Billy Ray Smith. Smith anchored a defensive unit that was the number one scoring offense, giving up only 10.5 points per game, and ninth in the nation in terms of stopping the run, only giving up 96.7 yards per game. Billy Ray Smith was a consensus All American in 1981 as well, and would be picked fifth in the 1983 NFL Draft.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 11, 1982 Tulsa* #13 Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR W 38–0   43,820
September 18, 1982 Navy* #9 War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR W 29–17   54,706
September 25, 1982 Mississippi* #9 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR (Rivalry) W 14–12   54,980
October 2, 1982 TCU #10 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 35–0   54,808
October 9, 1982 Texas Tech #9 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 21–3   44,024
October 23, 1982 at Houston #6 AstrodomeHouston, TX W 38–3   37,503
October 30, 1982 Rice #5 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 24–6   44,620
November 6, 1982 at Baylor #5 Baylor StadiumWaco, TX L 17–24   42,000
November 13, 1982 Texas A&M #10 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR (Rivalry) W 35–0   53,410
November 20, 1982 at #2 SMU #9 Texas StadiumIrving, TX T 17–17   65,101
December 4, 1982 at #12 Texas #6 Memorial StadiumAustin, TX L 7–33   67,903
December 31, 1982 vs. Florida* #14 Astrodome • Houston, TX (Bluebonnet Bowl) W 28–24   31,557
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1983[edit]

1983 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Conference Southwest Conference
1983 record 6–5–0 (4–4–0 SWC)
Head coach Lou Holtz
Home stadium Razorback Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1982 1984 »
1983 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 Texas 8 0 0     11 1 0
#12 SMU 7 1 0     10 2 0
Baylor 4 3 1     7 4 1
Texas A&M 4 3 1     5 5 1
Arkansas 4 4 0     6 5 0
Texas Tech 3 4 1     3 7 1
Houston 3 5 0     4 7 0
TCU 1 6 1     1 8 2
Rice 0 8 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Overview[edit]

Ron Faurot received first-team All-American honors as a defensive lineman for the Hogs.

The Hogs would hire Ken Hatfield, who shined for the Hogs as a defensive back on the 1964 National Championship team, as their new head football coach.[5] He is still a large proponent of the triple option offense in college football.[6]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 10, 1983 Tulsa* Razorback StadiumLittle Rock, AR W 17–14   45,202
September 17, 1983 New Mexico* War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR W 17–0   54,212
September 24, 1983 at Mississippi* Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, MS (Rivalry) L 10–13   55,720
October 1, 1983 at TCU Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX W 38–21   28,310
October 15, 1983 #2 Texas War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR L 3–31   54,882
October 22, 1983 Houston Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 24–3   41,080
October 29, 1983 Rice War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 35–0   52,986
November 5, 1983 Baylor Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR L 21–24   44,820
November 12, 1983 Texas A&M Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX (Rivalry) L 23–36   58,587
November 19, 1983 #6 SMU War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR L 0–17   31,080
November 26, 1983 at Texas Tech Jones StadiumLubbock, TX W 16–13   32,978
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1984[edit]

1984 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Liberty Bowl vs. Auburn, L, 15–21
Conference Southwest Conference
1984 record 7–4–1 (5–3 SWC)
Head coach Ken Hatfield
Offensive scheme Option
Defensive coordinator Fred Goldsmith
Home stadium Razorback Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1983 1985 »
1984 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#8 SMU § 6 2 0     10 2 0
Houston § 6 2 0     7 5 0
TCU 5 3 0     8 4 0
Arkansas 5 3 0     7 4 1
Texas 5 3 0     7 4 1
Baylor 4 4 0     5 6 0
Texas A&M 3 5 0     6 5 0
Texas Tech 2 6 0     4 7 0
Rice 0 8 0     1 10 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

Overview[edit]

Junior punt returner Bobby Edmonds of Arkansas ranked ninth in the nation in punt return average. He averaged 11.8 yards per return. Arkansas had the seventh-best scoring defense in 1984, yielding only 12.5 points per game.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 15, 1984 Mississippi* War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR (Rivalry) T 14–14   55,480
September 22, 1984 Tulsa* Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR W 18–9   43,680
September 29, 1984 Navy* War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 33–10   54,812
October 6, 1984 TCU Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR L 31–32   42,208
October 13, 1984 Texas Tech War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 24–0   54,986
October 20, 1984 at #3 Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX L 18–24   77,809
October 27, 1984 at Houston AstrodomeHouston, TX W 17–3   28,347
November 3, 1984 Rice War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 28–6   54,290
November 10, 1984 at Baylor Baylor StadiumWaco, TX W 17–24   43,500
November 17, 1984 Texas A&M Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR (Rivalry) W 28–0   38,020
November 24, 1984 at #11 SMU Texas StadiumIrving, TX L 28–31   38,712
December 27, 1984 vs. #16 Auburn* Liberty BowlMemphis, TN (Liberty Bowl) L 15–21   50,180
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Liberty Bowl[edit]

The Razorbacks met current SEC foe Auburn in the Liberty Bowl. The MVP of the game was Bo Jackson of Auburn, who had 88 yards on 18 carries with 2 touchdowns. Arkansas quarterback Brad Taylor completed 18 of 34, for 201 yards passing, with one touchdown and two interceptions. The Auburn defense held the Hog's leading rusher Marshall Foreman to 62 yards on 15 carries. Arkansas lost the game 21–15, despite outgaining the Tigers in total yards, 356 to 252.[7]

1985[edit]

1985 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Holiday Bowl vs. Arizona State, W, 18–17
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
Coaches #12
AP #12
1985 record 10–2 (6–2 SWC)
Head coach Ken Hatfield
Offensive scheme Option
Defensive coordinator Fred Goldsmith
Home stadium Razorback Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1984 1986 »
1985 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#6 Texas A&M 7 1 0     10 2 0
#12 Arkansas 6 2 0     10 2 0
#17 Baylor 6 2 0     9 3 0
Texas 6 2 0     8 4 0
SMU 5 3 0     6 5 0
Houston 3 5 0     4 7 0
Rice 2 6 0     3 8 0
Texas Tech 1 7 0     4 7 0
TCU 0 8 0     3 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Overview[edit]

Arkansas was the eighth-best team in the nation in rushing yards per game, with 265.6. On the defensive end, the Hogs gave up only 11.7 points per game, the 6th best mark in college football.

Razorback punt returner B.J. Edmonds finished ninth in college football with 11.6 yards per return.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 14, 1985 Mississippi* #14 Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, MS (Rivalry) W 24–19   52,110
September 21, 1985 Tulsa* #14 War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR W 24–0   55,112
September 28, 1985 New Mexico State* #10 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 45–13   54,984
October 5, 1985 at TCU #10 Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX W 41–0   40,112
October 12, 1985 at Texas Tech #6 Jones StadiumLubbock, TX W 30–7   38,464
October 15, 1985 Texas #4 Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR L 13–15   53,212
October 26, 1985 Houston #14 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 57–27   53,860
November 2, 1985 at Rice #14 Rice StadiumHouston, TX W 30–15   13,976
November 9, 1985 #11 Baylor #12 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 20–14   54,684
November 16, 1985 at Texas A&M #9 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX (Rivalry) L 6–10   58,632
November 23, 1985 SMU #18 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 15–9   51,644
December 22, 1985 vs. Arizona State #14 Jack Murphy StadiumSan Diego, CA (Holiday Bowl) W 18–17   50,641
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1986[edit]

1986 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Orange Bowl vs. Oklahoma, L, 8–42
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
Coaches #16
AP #15
1986 record 9–3 (6–2 SWC)
Head coach Ken Hatfield
Offensive scheme Option
Defensive coordinator Fred Goldsmith
Captain James Shibest
Captain Derrick Thomas
Captain Theo Young
Home stadium Razorback Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1985 1987 »
1986 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#13 Texas A&M 7 1 0     9 3 0
#15 Arkansas 6 2 0     9 3 0
#12 Baylor 6 2 0     9 3 0
Texas Tech 5 3 0     7 5 0
SMU 5 3 0     6 5 0
Texas 4 4 0     5 6 0
Rice 2 6 0     4 7 0
TCU 1 7 0     3 8 0
Houston 0 8 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 13, 1986 Mississippi* #18 War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR (Rivalry) W 21–0   55,230
September 20, 1986 Tulsa* #12 Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR W 34–17   51,080
September 27, 1986 New Mexico State* #9 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 42–11   55,106
October 4, 1986 TCU #8 Razorback Stadium • Fayettevile, AR Raycom W 34–17   41,808
October 11, 1986 Texas Tech #8 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR L 7–17   49,012
October 18, 1986 at Texas #14 Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX (The Big Shootout) ESPN W 21–14   67,344
October 25, 1986 at Houston #14 Robertson StadiumHouston, TX W 30–13   16,060
November 1, 1986 Ricedagger #13 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 45–14   49,980
November 8, 1986 at Baylor #10 Baylor StadiumWaco, TX Raycom L 14–29   44,500
November 15, 1986 #7 Texas A&M #17 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR (Rivalry) ABC W 14–10   54,912
November 22, 1986 at SMU #11 Texas StadiumIrving, TX W 41–0   33,382
January 1, 1987 vs. #3 Oklahoma* #9 Orange BowlMiami, FL (Orange Bowl) NBC L 8–42   52,717
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staf[edit]

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Awards[edit]

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1987[edit]

1987 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Liberty Bowl vs. Georgia, L, 17–20
Conference Southwest Conference
1987 record 9–4 (5–2 SWC)
Head coach Ken Hatfield
Offensive scheme Option
Defensive coordinator Fred Goldsmith
Home stadium Razorback Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1986 1988 »
1987 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#10 Texas A&M 6 1 0     10 2 0
Arkansas 5 2 0     9 4 0
Texas 5 2 0     7 5 0
Texas Tech 3 3 1     6 4 1
Baylor 3 4 0     6 5 0
TCU 3 4 0     5 6 0
Houston 2 4 1     4 6 1
Rice 0 8 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 12, 1987 Mississippi* #13 Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, MS (Rivalry) W 31–10   57,500
September 19, 1987 Tulsa* #12 Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR W 30–15   46,418
September 26, 1987 #5 Miami (FL)* #10 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR L 7–51   55,310
October 3, 1987 at TCU #10 Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX W 20–10   39,017
October 10, 1987 at Texas Tech #20 Jones StadiumLubbock, TX W 31–0   40,584
October 17, 1987 Texas #15 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR L 14–16   54,902
October 24, 1987 Houston #15 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 21–17   34,820
October 31, 1987 at Rice Rice StadiumHouston. TX W 38–14   13,200
November 7, 1987 Baylor Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 10–7   51,496
November 14, 1987 at #19 Texas A&M #20 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX (Rivalry) L 0–14   73,511
November 28, 1987 New Mexico* War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 43–25   27,200
December 5, 1987 at Hawaii* Aloha StadiumHonolulu, HI W 38–20   33,294
December 29, 1987 vs. Georgia* Liberty BowlMemphis, TN (Liberty Bowl) L 17–20   53,240
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1988[edit]

1988 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Southwest Conference Champions
Cotton Bowl Classic vs. UCLA, L, 3–17
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
Coaches #13
AP #12
1988 record 10–2 (7–0 SWC)
Head coach Ken Hatfield
Offensive scheme Option
Defensive coordinator Fred Goldsmith
Home stadium Razorback Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1987 1989 »
1988 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Arkansas 8 0 0     10 2 0
Texas A&M* 6 1 0     7 5 0
Houston 5 2 0     9 3 0
Texas Tech 4 3 0     5 6 0
Baylor 2 5 0     6 5 0
Texas 2 5 0     4 7 0
TCU 2 5 0     4 7 0
Rice 0 8 0     0 11 0
† – Conference champion
  • *- Ineligible for conference championship and postseason bowl games due to NCAA sanctions.
    Rankings from AP Poll

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 3, 1988 Pacific* War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR W 63–14   49,600
September 10, 1988 Tulsa* Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR W 30–26   43,008
September 17, 1988 Mississippi* War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR (Rivalry) W 21–13   55,360
October 1, 1988 TCU Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 53–10   41,240
October 8, 1988 Texas Tech #20 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 31–10   49,818
October 15, 1988 at Texas #17 Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX W 27–24   73,451
October 22, 1988 at Houston #13 AstrodomeHouston, TX W 26–21   21,775
October 29, 1988 Rice #11 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 21–14   50,612
November 5, 1988 at Baylor #11 Floyd Casey StadiumWaco, TX W 33–3   40,148
November 12, 1988 Texas A&M #11 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX (Rivalry) W 14-0   53,818
November 26, 1988 at #3 Miami (FL)* #8 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL L 16–18   63,271
January 2, 1989 vs. #9 UCLA* #8 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) L 3–17   74,304
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1989[edit]

1989 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Southwest Conference Champions
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
Coaches #13
AP #13
1989 record 10–2 (7–1 SWC)
Head coach Ken Hatfield
Offensive coordinator Jack Crowe
Offensive scheme Option
Defensive coordinator Bob Trott
Home stadium Razorback Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1988 1990 »
1989 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#13 Arkansas 7 1 0     10 2 0
#14 Houston 6 2 0     9 2 0
#20 Texas A&M 6 2 0     8 4 0
Texas Tech 5 3 0     9 3 0
Baylor 4 4 0     5 6 0
Texas 4 4 0     5 6 0
TCU 2 6 0     4 7 0
Rice 2 6 0     2 8 1
SMU 0 8 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Overview[edit]

In Ken Hatfield's final year at UA, the Razorbacks went 10–2, however lost their fourth-straight bowl game and second consecutive Cotton Bowl Classic. Jack Crowe would be promoted from offensive coordinator, and only remain two years. He was fired after a loss to FCS The Citadel.[10]

Offensive tackle Jim Mabry was a consensus All-American for the Hogs.

Freshman kicker Todd Wright hit on 20 of 23 field goals on the year. His average of 1.82 per game tied future NFL kicker Chris Gardocki from Clemson, among others.

As a team, the Razorbacks were the seventh-best rushing offense in college football, with an average of 314.2 yards per game on the ground.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 16, 1989 Tulsa* #9 Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR W 26–17   51,518
September 23, 1989 at Mississippi* #8 Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, MS (Rivalry) W 24–17   53,000
September 30, 1989 UTEP* #8 War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR W 39–7   48,240
October 7, 1989 at TCU #7 Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX W 41–19   25,734
October 14, 1989 at Texas Tech #7 Jones StadiumLubbock, TX W 45–13   47,520
October 21, 1989 Texas #7 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR L 20–24   53,316
October 28, 1989 #12 Houston #18 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 45–39   55,112
November 4, 1989 at Rice #11 Rice StadiumHouston, TX W 38–17   11,800
November 11, 1989 Baylor #10 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 19–10   51,352
November 24, 1989 at #14 Texas A&M #9 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX (Rivalry) W 23–22   57,875
December 2, 1989 SMU #9 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 38–24   47,112
January 1, 1990 vs. #8 Tennessee* #10 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) L 27–31   74,358
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Notes[edit]

Arkansas Razorbacks Sports Network Online 1980–1989 Football Schedule/Results

  1. ^ "1981 Bowl Recap with Top 20 Teams." Gator Bowl. Information Please. Retrieved on August 14, 2007.
  2. ^ "1981 Conference Champions." Information Please Database. Information Please. Retrieved on December 9, 2007.
  3. ^ "1981 Consensus All-Americans." Information Please Database. Information Please. Retrieved on August 14, 2007.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Arkansas Database." NCAA Database. National Champs.net. Retrieved on November 1, 2007.
  6. ^ "Ken Hatfield." CSTV.com. Rice Owls Coach Profile. Retrieved on November 1, 2007.
  7. ^ "Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams." Bowl Game Results. Information Please Database. Retrieved on November 25, 2007.
  8. ^ 2011 Arkansas football media guide
  9. ^ 2011 Arkansas football media guide
  10. ^ "Jack Crowe." Coaches Profile. Jacksonville State Athletics. Retrieved on January 11, 2008.