1971 Arkansas Razorbacks football team

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1971 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Liberty Bowl, L 14–13 vs. Tennessee
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 20
AP No. 16
1971 record 8–3–1 (5–1–1 SWC)
Head coach Frank Broyles (14th year)
Offensive coordinator Don Breaux
Offensive scheme Multiple
Captain David Hogue, Ronnie Jones, Mike Kelson, Kay Maybry, Bobby Nichols
Home stadium Razorback Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1970 1972 »
1971 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#18 Texas $ 6 1 0     8 3 0
#16 Arkansas 5 1 1     8 3 1
TCU 5 2 0     6 4 1
Texas A&M 4 3 0     5 6 0
SMU 3 4 0     4 7 0
Rice 2 4 1     3 7 1
Texas Tech 2 5 0     4 7 0
Baylor 0 7 0     1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1971 Arkansas Razorbacks football team represented the University of Arkansas in the Southwest Conference (SWC) during the 1971 college football season. In their 14th year under head coach Frank Broyles, the Razorbacks compiled an 8–3–1 record (5–1–1 against SWC opponents), finished in second place behind Texas in the SWC, and outscored all opponents by a combined total of 356 to 169.[1][2] The team finished the season ranked #16 in the final AP Poll and #20 in the final UPI Coaches Poll and went on to lose the 1971 Liberty Bowl to Tennessee by a 14–13 score.

Kicker Bill McClard was an All American. McClard also averaged 6.5 points per game, the seventh best average nationally. Razorback quarterback Joe Ferguson was eighth in the nation in completions per game, with 14.5. Mike Reppond averaged 5.6 receptions per game, the fourth highest average during 1971. As an offense, Arkansas averaged 211.5 yards per game, the highest in the SWC, and eighth-highest in college football. Arkansas was seventh in total offense, with a total of 4898 yards over 11 games.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 11, 1971 No. 7 California* War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR W 51–20   54,176
September 18, 1971 Oklahoma State* No. 6 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 31–10   54,176
September 25, 1971 Tulsa* No. 7 Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR L 20–21   41,742
October 2, 1971 TCU No. 18 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 49–15   41,100
October 9, 1971 at Baylor No. 17 Baylor StadiumWaco, TX W 35–7   33,000
October 16, 1971 No. 10 Texas No. 16 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR ABC W 31–7   54,446
October 23, 1971 North Texas* No. 9 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 60–21   38,135
October 30, 1971 Texas A&M No. 8 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR (Rivalry) L 9–17   54,446
November 6, 1971 at Rice No. 16 Rice StadiumHouston, TX T 24–24   32,000
November 13, 1971 at SMU No. 17 Cotton BowlDallas, TX ABC W 18–13   30,773
November 25, 1971 Texas Tech No. 17 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 15-0   43,000
December 20, 1971 No. 9 Tennessee* No. 18 Memphis Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN (Liberty Bowl) ABC L 13–14   51,410
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Liberty Bowl[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#18 Razorbacks 0 7 0 6 13
#9 Volunteers 7 0 0 7 14

The 1971 Liberty Bowl matched up Arkansas with Tennessee. The Volunteers took the lead first, with a two-yard run by Bill Rudder. The Hogs responded with a 36-yard TD strike from Joe Ferguson to Jim Hodge. Scoring wouldn't resume until the fourth quarter, when Razorback Bill McClard kicked 19- and 30-yard field goals. A third McClard kick was good, set up by Louis Campbell's third interception, but a penalty kept the Hogs off the board a fourth time. Arkansas fumbled at their own 36-yard line, and Tennessee's Curt Watson scored three plays later.

Source: Razorback Bowl History – 1971 Liberty Bowl

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arkansas Yearly Results (1970-1974)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  2. ^ "1971 Arkansas Razorbacks Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 3, 2015.