American Football Database
1971 Liberty Bowl
Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
{{{Visitor School}}} 0 7 0 6 13
Tennessee Volunteers football 7 0 0 7 14
Date December 20, 1971
Season 1971
Stadium Memphis Memorial Stadium
Location Memphis, Tennessee
MVP Joe Ferguson, Arkansas[1]
Attendance 45,410
Liberty Bowl
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The 1971 Liberty Bowl was a post-season college football bowl game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Tennessee Volunteers. In the thirteenth Liberty Bowl, #9 Tennessee defeated #18 Arkansas 14-13 in front of 45,410 patrons.[2]


#18 Arkansas

Arkansas defeated #7 Cal in War Memorial Stadium to open the season, but suffered a one point defeat to an unranked Tulsa team two weeks later. The Hogs would upset #10 Texas in Little Rock also, but lost to Texas A&M and tied Rice, costing the Hogs the Southwest Conference.

#9 Tennessee

Game summary

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.

Arkansas set a Liberty Bowl record with 104 interception return yards in the contest. This record still stands today.[3] Louis Campbell of Arkansas had three interceptions, also a Liberty Bowl Record.[4]


  1. "Liberty Bowl - Most Valuable Players." Article. Retrieved December 13, 2009.
  2. "Liberty Bowl - Bowl History." Article. Retrieved December 13, 2009.
  3. "Liberty Bowl - Team Records." Article. Retrieved December 13, 2009.
  4. "Liberty Bowl - Individual Records." Article. Retrieved December 13, 2009.