American Football Database
1980 Sugar Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
University of Alabama 14 3 0 7 24
University of Arkansas 3 0 6 0 9
Date January 1, 1980
Season 1979
Stadium Louisiana Superdome
Location New Orleans, Louisiana
MVP Major Ogilvie, Alabama
Attendance 77,484
United States TV coverage
Network ABC
Announcers: Keith Jackson and Ara Parseghian
Sugar Bowl
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The 1980 Sugar Bowl featured the second ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, and the sixth ranked Arkansas Razorbacks. Alabama defeated Arkansas, 24-9, winning their third national championship of the decade.[1]



The Razorbacks entered the game at 10-1, sharing the Southwest Conference title with Houston. Greg Kolenda was an All-American offensive tackle. Arkansas' defense gave up 9.8 points per game on the year, the sixth-best scoring defense.


Alabama entered the game undefeated, and had won two national championships already in the decade. The Tide did have three close calls however, including a 3-0 win at LSU.

Game Summary

Arkansas scored first in the first quarter, on a 34 yard Ish Ordonez field goal, to give the Razorbacks a 3-0 advantage. Alabama running back Major Ogilvie scored on touchdown runs of 22 and 1 yard as Alabama led 14-3 at the end of the 1st quarter. In the second quarter, Alan McElroy kicked a 25 yard field goal giving the Crimson Tide a 17-3 advantage. In the third quarter, Kevin Scanlon threw a 3 yard touchdown pass to Robert Farrell as the score became 17-9. In the fourth quarter, Steve Whitman scored on a 12 yard run as Alabama won by a 24-9 margin.

Major Ogilvie was named Sugar Bowl MVP. He also rushed for a touchdown in three consecutive Sugar Bowls.


  1. "46th Annual Sugar Bowl Classic ~ January 1, 1980." Article. Retrieved August 11, 2010.
  • ESPN College Football Encyclopedia