1979 Arkansas Razorbacks football team

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1979 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Southwest Conference co-champion
Sugar Bowl, L 24–9 vs. Alabama
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 9
AP No. 8
1979 record 10–2 (6–2 SWC)
Head coach Lou Holtz (3rd year)
Captain Jim Howard
Captain Roland Sales
Home stadium Razorback Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1978
1980 →
1979 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 Houston + 7 1 0     11 1 0
#8 Arkansas + 7 1 0     10 2 0
#12 Texas 6 2 0     9 3 0
#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

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.

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).

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 15, 1979 Colorado State* No. 17 War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, Arkansas W 36–3   55,317
September 22, 1979 Oklahoma State* No. 15 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, Arkansas W 27–7   55,812
September 29, 1979 Tulsa* No. 13 Razorback StadiumFayetteville, Arkansas W 33–8   45,742
October 6, 1979 at TCU No. 13 Amon Carter StadiumFort Worth, Texas W 16–13   25,317
October 13, 1979 at Texas Tech No. 12 Jones StadiumLubbock, Texas W 20–6   47,109
October 20, 1979 No. 2 Texas No. 10 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, Arkansas ABC W 17–14   55,838
October 27, 1979 No. 6 Houston No. 4 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, Arkansas ABC L 10–13   43,319
November 3, 1979 at Rice No. 9 Rice StadiumHouston, Texas W 34–7   17,000
November 10, 1979 No. 17 Baylor No. 9 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, Arkansas W 29–20   43,284
November 17, 1979 at Texas A&M No. 8 Kyle FieldCollege Station, Texas (Rivalry) W 22–10   62,648
November 24, 1979 SMU No. 7 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, Arkansas W 31–7   54,718
January 1, 1980 vs. No. 2 Alabama* No. 6 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans (Sugar Bowl) ABC L 9–24   77,486
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

References[edit]

  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.