Arizona State scored first on a 47-yard field goal from Kent Bostrom taking a 3-0 lead. Arkansas's Dwight Thomas responded by rushing 9 yards for a touchdown, as the Razorbacks claimed a 7-3 lead. That would conclude the 1st quarter of scoring. Bostrom kicked a 22-yard field goal, Jeff Van Raaphorst fired a 16-yard touchdown pass to Joe Cox, and the 2-point conversion was successful, as Arizona State wound up taking a 14-7 lead to halftime.
In the fourth quarter, Bobby Joe Edmonds scored on a 17-yard rushing touchdown, and the 2-point conversion try was successful, as Arkansas took a 15-14 lead. Bostrom kicked a 28-yard field goal to put the Sun Devils in front 17-15. Kendall Trainor kicked a 37-yard field goal with 23 seconds remaining as Arkansas won by a final 18-17 count.