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1980Edit

1980 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Hall of Fame Classic vs. Tulane, W, 34–15
ConferenceSouthwest Conference
1980 record7–5–0 (3–5–0 SWC)
Head coachLou Holtz
Defensive coordinatorBob Cope
Home stadiumRazorback Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1979
1981 →

OverviewEdit

A bright spot for the Hogs in 1980 was senior punter Steve Cox. He led college football with an average of 46.5 yards per punt. He would go on to win Super Bowl XXII with the Washington Redskins. Cox completed one of only six field goals of 60+ yards in NFL history.

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 1, 1980 at #10 Texas #6 Memorial StadiumAustin, TX L 17–23   70,000
September 23, 1980* Oklahoma State #17 War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR W 33–20   55,822
September 27, 1980* Tulsa #15 Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR W 33–8   41,082
October 4, 1980 TCU #14 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 44–7   42,314
October 11, 1980* Wichita State #15 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 27–7   54,268
October 25, 1980 at Houston #15 AstrodomeHouston, TX L 17–24   41,308
November 1, 1980 Rice War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR L 16–17   53,858
November 8, 1980 at #16 Baylor Baylor StadiumWaco, TX L 15–42   46,000
November 15, 1980 Texas A&M Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR (Rivalry) W 27–24   38,715
November 22, 1980 at SMU Texas StadiumIrving, TX L 7–31   28,225
November 29, 1980 Texas Tech War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 22–16   50,926
December 27, 1980* vs. Tulane Legion FieldBirmingham, AL (Hall of Fame Classic) W 34–15   29,000
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1981Edit

1981 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Gator Bowl vs. North Carolina, L, 27–31
ConferenceSouthwest Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 16 (UPI)
1981 record8–4–0 (5–3–0 SWC)
Head coachLou Holtz
Offensive coordinatorLarry Beightol
Defensive coordinatorDon Lindsey
Home stadiumRazorback Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1980
1982 →

OverviewEdit

The biggest win of the year was against a #1 Texas team, which the Razorbacks were rivals with already. Although unranked, the Razorbacks came out on top by 31 points, removing Texas' #1 ranking. The Hogs received a Gator Bowl berth against a 10–2–0 North Carolina team ranked 11th, while the Hogs were unranked at the time.[1] The SWC's champion, SMU, could not participate in a bowl game due to probation.[2]

Defensive lineman Billy Ray Smith was a consensus All-American for Arkansas.[3] Bruce Lahay, a kicker, also received first-team honors. Lahay was in a three-way tie for field goals per game in 1981, hitting on 1.73 per game. This mark was also held by Kevin Butler of Georgia and Larry Roach of Oklahoma State.

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 12, 1981* Tulsa Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR W 14–10   42,118
September 19, 1981* Northwestern War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR W 38–7   54,532
September 26, 1981* at Mississippi Memorial StadiumJackson, MS (Rivalry) W 27–13   63,522
October 3, 1981 at TCU Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX L 24–28   30,313
October 10, 1981 at Texas Tech Jones StadiumLubbock, TX W 26–14   41,866
October 17, 1981 #1 Texas Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 42–11   44,031
October 24, 1981 Houston #12 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR L 17–20   54,618
October 31, 1981 at Rice #20 Rice StadiumHouston, TX W 41–7   12,000
November 7, 1981 Baylor #19 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 41–39   54,560
November 14, 1981 at Texas A&M #16 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX (Rivalry) W 10–7   60,003
November 21, 1981 SMU #16 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR L 12–32   43,842
December 28, 1981* vs. #11 North Carolina Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl) L 27–31   71,009
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Game notesEdit

TexasEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Texas 0 3 0 8 11
Arkansas 15 10 14 3 42

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1982Edit

1982 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Bluebonnet Bowl vs. Florida, W, 28–24
ConferenceSouthwest Conference
Ranking
APNo. 13
1982 record9–2–1 (5–2–1 SWC)
Head coachLou Holtz
Home stadiumRazorback Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1981
1983 →

OverviewEdit

Arkansas had two consensus All-Americans in 1982, Steve Korte, on the offensive line, and defensive lineman Billy Ray Smith. Smith anchored a defensive unit that was the number one scoring offense, giving up only 10.5 points per game, and ninth in the nation in terms of stopping the run, only giving up 96.7 yards per game. Billy Ray Smith was a consensus All American in 1981 as well, and would be picked fifth in the 1983 NFL Draft.

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 11, 1982* Tulsa #13 Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR W 38–0   43,820
September 18, 1982* Navy #9 War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR W 29–17   54,706
September 25, 1982* Mississippi #9 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR (Rivalry) W 14–12   54,980
October 2, 1982 TCU #10 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 35–0   54,808
October 9, 1982 Texas Tech #9 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 21–3   44,024
October 23, 1982 at Houston #6 AstrodomeHouston, TX W 38–3   37,503
October 30, 1982 Rice #5 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 24–6   44,620
November 6, 1982 at Baylor #5 Baylor StadiumWaco, TX L 17–24   42,000
November 13, 1982 Texas A&M #10 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR (Rivalry) W 35–0   53,410
November 13, 1982 at #2 SMU #9 Texas StadiumIrving, TX T 17–17   65,101
December 4, 1982 at #12 Texas #6 Memorial StadiumAustin, TX L 7–33   67,903
December 31, 1982* vs. Florida #14 Astrodome • Houston, TX (Bluebonnet Bowl) W 28–24   31,557
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1983Edit

1983 Arkansas Razorbacks football
ConferenceSouthwest Conference
1983 record6–5–0 (4–4–0 SWC)
Head coachLou Holtz
Home stadiumRazorback Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1982
1984 →

OverviewEdit

Ron Faurot received first-team All-American honors as a defensive lineman for the Hogs.

The Hogs would hire Ken Hatfield, who shined for the Hogs as a defensive back on the 1964 National Championship team, as their new head football coach.[5] He is still a large proponent of the triple option offense in college football.[6]

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 10, 1983* Tulsa Razorback StadiumLittle Rock, AR W 17–14   45,202
September 17, 1983* New Mexico War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR W 17–0   54,212
September 24, 1983* at Mississippi #18 Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, MS (Rivalry) L 10–13   55,720
October 1, 1983 at TCU Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX W 38–21   28,310
October 15, 1983 #2 Texas War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR L 3–31   54,882
October 22, 1983 Houston Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 24–3   41,080
October 29, 1983 Rice War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 35–0   52,986
November 5, 1983 Baylor Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR L 21–24   44,820
November 12, 1983 Texas A&M Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX (Rivalry) L 23–36   58,587
November 19, 1983 #6 SMU War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR L 0–17   31,080
November 26, 1983 at Texas Tech Jones StadiumLubbock, TX W 16–13   32,978
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from UP Poll.

1984Edit

1984 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Liberty Bowl vs. Auburn, L, 15–21
ConferenceSouthwest Conference
1984 record7–4–1 (5–3 SWC)
Head coachKen Hatfield
Offensive schemeOption
Defensive coordinatorFred Goldsmith
Home stadiumRazorback Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1983
1985 →

OverviewEdit

Junior punt returner Bobby Edmonds of Arkansas ranked ninth in the nation in punt return average. He averaged 11.8 yards per return. Arkansas had the seventh-best scoring defense in 1984, yielding only 12.5 points per game.

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 15, 1984* Mississippi War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR (Rivalry) T 14–14   55,480
September 22, 1984* Tulsa Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR W 18–9   43,680
September 29, 1984* Navy War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 33–10   54,812
October 6, 1984 TCU Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR L 31–32   42,208
October 13, 1984 Texas Tech War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 24–0   54,986
October 20, 1984 at #3 Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX L 18–24   77,809
October 27, 1984 at Houston AstrodomeHouston, TX W 17–3   28,347
November 3, 1984 Rice War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 28–6   54,290
November 10, 1984 at Baylor Baylor StadiumWaco, TX W 17–24   43,500
November 17, 1984 Texas A&M Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR (Rivalry) W 28–0   38,020
November 24, 1984 at #11 SMU Texas StadiumIrving, TX L 28–31   38,712
December 27, 1984* vs. #16 Auburn Liberty BowlMemphis, TN (Liberty Bowl) L 15–21   50,180
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Liberty BowlEdit

The Razorbacks met current SEC foe Auburn in the Liberty Bowl. The MVP of the game was Bo Jackson of Auburn, who had 88 yards on 18 carries with 2 touchdowns. Arkansas quarterback Brad Taylor completed 18 of 34, for 201 yards passing, with one touchdown and two interceptions. The Auburn defense held the Hog's leading rusher Marshall Foreman to 62 yards on 15 carries. Arkansas lost the game 21–15, despite outgaining the Tigers in total yards, 356 to 252.[7]

1985Edit

1985 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Holiday Bowl vs. Arizona State, W, 18–17
ConferenceSouthwest Conference
Ranking
APNo. 12
1985 record10–2 (6–2 SWC)
Head coachKen Hatfield
Offensive schemeOption
Defensive coordinatorFred Goldsmith
Home stadiumRazorback Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1984
1986 →

OverviewEdit

Arkansas was the eighth-best team in the nation in rushing yards per game, with 265.6. On the defensive end, the Hogs gave up only 11.7 points per game, the 6th best mark in college football.

Razorback punt returner B.J. Edmonds finished ninth in college football with 11.6 yards per return.

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 14, 1985* Mississippi #14 Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, MS (Rivalry) W 24–19   52,110
September 21, 1985* Tulsa #14 War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR W 24–0   55,112
September 28, 1985* New Mexico State #10 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 45–13   54,984
October 5, 1985 at TCU #10 Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX W 41–0   40,112
October 12, 1985 at Texas Tech #6 Jones StadiumLubbock, TX W 30–7   38,464
October 15, 1985 Texas #4 Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR L 13–15   53,212
October 26, 1985 Houston #14 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 57–27   53,860
November 2, 1985 at Rice #14 Rice StadiumHouston, TX W 30–15   13,976
November 9, 1985 #11 Baylor #12 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 20–14   54,684
November 16, 1985 at Texas A&M #9 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX (Rivalry) L 6–10   58,632
November 23, 1985 SMU #18 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 15–9   51,644
December 22, 1985 vs. Arizona State #14 Jack Murphy StadiumSan Diego, CA (Holiday Bowl) W 18–17   50,641
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1986Edit

1986 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Orange Bowl vs. Oklahoma, L, 8–42
ConferenceSouthwest Conference
Ranking
APNo. 15
1986 record9–3 (6–2 SWC)
Head coachKen Hatfield
Offensive schemeOption
Defensive coordinatorFred Goldsmith
CaptainJames Shibest
CaptainDerrick Thomas
CaptainTheo Young
Home stadiumRazorback Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1985
1987 →

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 13, 1986* Mississippi #18 War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR (Rivalry) W 21–0   55,230
September 20, 1986* Tulsa #12 Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR W 34–17   51,080
September 27, 1986* New Mexico State #9 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 42–11   55,106
October 4, 1986 TCU #8 Razorback Stadium • Fayettevile, AR Raycom W 34–17   41,808
October 11, 1986 Texas Tech #8 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR L 7–17   49,012
October 18, 1986 at Texas #14 Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX (The Big Shootout) ESPN W 21–14   67,344
October 25, 1986 at Houston #14 Robertson StadiumHouston, TX W 30–13   16,060
November 1, 1986† Rice #13 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 45–14   49,980
November 8, 1986 at Baylor #10 Baylor StadiumWaco, TX Raycom L 14–29   44,500
November 15, 1986 #7 Texas A&M #17 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR (Rivalry) ABC W 14–10   54,912
November 22, 1986 at SMU #11 Texas StadiumIrving, TX W 41–0   33,382
January 1, 1987* vs. #3 Oklahoma #9 Orange BowlMiami, FL (Orange Bowl) NBC L 8–42   52,717
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

PersonnelEdit

Coaching stafEdit

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AwardsEdit

[9]

RankingsEdit

  • UPI: 16th, USA Today: 17th

[10]

1987Edit

1987 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Liberty Bowl vs. Georgia, L, 17–20
ConferenceSouthwest Conference
1987 record9–4 (5–2 SWC)
Head coachKen Hatfield
Offensive schemeOption
Defensive coordinatorFred Goldsmith
Home stadiumRazorback Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1986
1988 →

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 12, 1987* Mississippi #13 Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, MS (Rivalry) W 31–10   57,500
September 19, 1987* Tulsa #12 Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR W 30–15   46,418
September 26, 1987* #5 Miami (FL) #10 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR L 7–51   55,310
October 3, 1987 at TCU #10 Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX W 20–10   39,017
October 10, 1987 at Texas Tech #20 Jones StadiumLubbock, TX W 31–0   40,584
October 17, 1987 Texas #15 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR L 14–16   54,902
October 24, 1987 Houston #15 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 21–17   34,820
October 31, 1987 at Rice Rice StadiumHouston. TX W 38–14   13,200
November 7, 1987 Baylor Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 10–7   51,496
November 14, 1987 at #19 Texas A&M #20 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX (Rivalry) L 0–14   73,511
November 28, 1987* New Mexico War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 43–25   27,200
December 5, 1987* at Hawaii Aloha StadiumHonolulu, HI W 38–20   33,294
December 29, 1987* vs. Georgia Liberty BowlMemphis, TN (Liberty Bowl) L 17–20   53,240
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1988Edit

1988 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Southwest Conference Champions
ConferenceSouthwest Conference
Ranking
APNo. 12
1988 record10–2 (7–0 SWC)
Head coachKen Hatfield
Offensive schemeOption
Defensive coordinatorFred Goldsmith
Home stadiumRazorback Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1987
1989 →

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 3, 1988* Pacific War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR W 63–14   49,600
September 10, 1988* Tulsa Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR W 30–26   43,008
September 17, 1988* Mississippi War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR (Rivalry) W 21–13   55,360
October 1, 1988 TCU Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 53–10   41,240
October 8, 1988 Texas Tech #20 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 31–10   49,818
October 15, 1988 at Texas #17 Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX W 27–24   73,451
October 22, 1988 at Houston #13 AstrodomeHouston, TX W 26–21   21,775
October 29, 1988 Rice #11 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 21–14   50,612
November 5, 1988 at Baylor #11 Floyd Casey StadiumWaco, TX W 33–3   40,148
November 12, 1988 Texas A&M #11 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX (Rivalry) W 0–14   53,818
November 26, 1988* at #3 Miami (FL) #8 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL L 16–18   63,271
January 2, 1989* vs. #9 UCLA #8 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) L 3–17   74,304
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1989Edit

1989 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Southwest Conference Champions
ConferenceSouthwest Conference
Ranking
APNo. 13
1989 record10–2 (7–1 SWC)
Head coachKen Hatfield
Offensive coordinatorJack Crowe
Offensive schemeOption
Defensive coordinatorBob Trott
Home stadiumRazorback Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1988
1990 →

OverviewEdit

In Ken Hatfield's final year at UA, the Razorbacks went 10–2, however lost their fourth-straight bowl game and second consecutive Cotton Bowl Classic. Jack Crowe would be promoted from offensive coordinator, and only remain two years. He was fired after a loss to FCS The Citadel.[11]

Offensive tackle Jim Mabry was a consensus All-American for the Hogs.

Freshman kicker Todd Wright hit on 20 of 23 field goals on the year. His average of 1.82 per game tied future NFL kicker Chris Gardocki from Clemson, among others.

As a team, the Razorbacks were the seventh-best rushing offense in college football, with an average of 314.2 yards per game on the ground.

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 16, 1989* Tulsa #9 Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR W 26–17   51,518
September 23, 1989* at Mississippi #8 Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, MS (Rivalry) W 24–17   53,000
September 30, 1989* UTEP #8 War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR W 39–7   48,240
October 7, 1989 at TCU #7 Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX W 41–19   25,734
October 14, 1989 at Texas Tech #7 Jones StadiumLubbock, TX W 45–13   47,520
October 21, 1989 Texas #7 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR L 20–24   53,316
October 28, 1989 #12 Houston #18 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 45–39   55,112
November 4, 1989 at Rice #11 Rice StadiumHouston, TX W 38–17   11,800
November 11, 1989 Baylor #10 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 19–10   51,352
November 24, 1989 at #14 Texas A&M #9 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX (Rivalry) W 23–22   57,875
December 2, 1989 SMU #9 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 38–24   47,112
January 1, 1990* vs. #8 Tennessee #10 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) L 27–31   74,358
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

NotesEdit

Arkansas Razorbacks Sports Network Online 1980–1989 Football Schedule/Results

  1. "1981 Bowl Recap with Top 20 Teams." Gator Bowl. Information Please. Retrieved on August 14, 2007.
  2. "1981 Conference Champions." Information Please Database. Information Please. Retrieved on December 9, 2007. </li>
  3. "1981 Consensus All-Americans." Information Please Database. Information Please. Retrieved on August 14, 2007. </li>
  4. [1] </li>
  5. "Arkansas Database." NCAA Database. National Champs.net. Retrieved on November 1, 2007. </li>
  6. "Ken Hatfield." CSTV.com. Rice Owls Coach Profile. Retrieved on November 1, 2007. </li>
  7. "Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams." Bowl Game Results. Information Please Database. Retrieved on November 25, 2007. </li>
  8. 2011 Arkansas football media guide </li>
  9. 2011 Arkansas football media guide </li>
  10. 2011 Arkansas football media guide </li>
  11. "Jack Crowe." Coaches Profile. Jacksonville State Athletics. Retrieved on January 11, 2008. </li></ol>
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