1979 Arkansas Razorbacks football team

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1979 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Arkansas Razorbacks logo
SWC 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 college 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.