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Contents: 1980 - 1981 - 1982 - 1983 - 1984 - 1985 - 1986 - 1987 - 1988 - 1989 - Stats

1980

1980 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Hall of Fame Classic vs. Tulane, W, 34-15
Conference Southwest Conference
1980 record 7-5-0 (3-5-0 SWC)
Head coach Lou Holtz

Home stadium

Razorback Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1979 1981 »
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Overview

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.

Schedule

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
9/1/80 at #10 Texas #6 Memorial StadiumAustin, TX L 17-23  
9/23/80* Oklahoma State #17 War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR W 33-20  
9/27/80* Tulsa #15 Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR W 33-8  
10/4/80 TCU #14 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 44-7  
10/11/80* Wichita State #15 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 27-7  
10/25/80 at Houston #15 AstrodomeHouston, TX L 17-24  
11/1/80 Rice War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR L 16-17  
11/8/80 at #16 Baylor Baylor StadiumWaco, TX L 15-42  
11/15/80 Texas A&M Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR (Rivalry) W 27-24  
11/22/80 at SMU Texas StadiumIrving, TX L 7-31  
11/29/80 Texas Tech War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 22-16  
12/27/1980* vs. Tulane Legion FieldBirmingham, AL (Hall of Fame Classic) W 34-15  
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1981

1981 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Gator Bowl vs. North Carolina, L, 27-31
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
Coaches #16 (UPI)
1981 record 8-4-0 (5-3-0 SWC)
Head coach Lou Holtz

Home stadium

Razorback Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1980 1982 »

Overview

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.

Schedule

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
9/12/81* Tulsa Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR W 14-10  
9/19/81* Northwestern War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR W 38-7  
9/26/81* at Ole Miss Memorial StadiumJackson, MS (Rivalry) W 27-13  
10/3/81 at TCU Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX L 24-28  
10/10/81 at Texas Tech Jones StadiumLubbock, TX W 26-14  
10/17/81 #1 Texas Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 42-11  
10/24/81 Houston #12 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR L 17-20  
10/31/81 at Rice #20 Rice StadiumHouston, TX W 41-7  
11/7/81 Baylor #19 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 41-39  
11/14/81 at Texas A&M #16 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX (Rivalry) W 10-7  
11/21/81 SMU #16 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR L 12-32  
12/28/81* vs. #11 North Carolina Jacksonville Municipal StadiumJacksonville, Florida (Gator Bowl) L 27-31  
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1982

1982 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Bluebonnet Bowl vs. Florida, W, 28-24
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
AP #13
1982 record 9-2-1 (5-2-1 SWC)
Head coach Lou Holtz

Home stadium

Razorback Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1981 1983 »

Overview

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.

Schedule

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
9/11/82* Tulsa #13 Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR W 38-0  
9/18/82* Navy #9 War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR W 29-17  
9/25/82* Ole Miss #9 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR (Arkansas) W 14-12  
10/2/82 TCU #10 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 35-0  
10/9/82 Texas Tech #9 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 21-3  
10/23/82 at Houston #6 AstrodomeHouston, TX W 38-3  
10/30/82 Rice #5 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 24-6  
11/6/82 at Baylor #5 Baylor StadiumWaco, TX L 17-24  
11/13/82 Texas A&M #10 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR (Rivalry) W 35-0  
11/13/82 at #2 SMU #9 Texas StadiumIrving, TX T 17-17  
12/4/82 at #12 Texas #6 Memorial StadiumAustin, TX L 7-33  
12/31/82* vs. Florida #14 Astrodome • Houston, TX (Bluebonnet Bowl) W 28-24  
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1983

1983 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Conference Southwest Conference
1983 record 6-5-0 (4-4-0 SWC)
Head coach Lou Holtz

Home stadium

Razorback Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1982 1984 »

Overview

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.[4] He is still a large proponent of the triple option offense in college football.[5]

Schedule

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
9/10/83* Tulsa Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR W 17-14  
9/17/83* New Mexico War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR W 17-0  
9/24/83* at Ole Miss #18 Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, MS (Rivalry) L 10-13  
10/1/83 at TCU Amon G. Carter StadiumForth Worth, TX W 38-21  
10/15/83 #2 Texas War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR L 3-31  
10/22/83 Houston Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 24-3  
10/29/83 Rice War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 35-0  
11/5/83 Baylor Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR L 21-24  
11/12/83 Texas A&M Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX (Rivalry) L 23-36  
11/19/83 #6 SMU War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR L 0-17  
11/26/83 at Texas Tech Jones StadiumLubbock, TX W 16-13  
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from UP Poll.

1984

1984 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Liberty Bowl vs. Auburn, L, 15-21
Conference Southwest Conference
1984 record 7-4-1 (5-3 SWC)
Head coach Ken Hatfield
Offensive scheme Option

Home stadium

Razorback Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1983 1985 »

Overview

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.

Schedule

Date Opponent Site Result
9/15/84* Ole Miss War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR (Rivalry) T 14-14  
9/22/84* Tulsa Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR W 18-9  
9/29/84* Navy War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 33-10  
10/6/84 TCU Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR L 31-32  
10/13/84 Texas Tech War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 24-0  
10/20/84 at #3 Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX L 18-24  
10/27/84 at Houston AstrodomeHouston, TX W 17-3  
11/3/84 Rice War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 28-6  
11/10/84 at Baylor Baylor StadiumWaco, TX W 17-24  
11/17/84 Texas A&M Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR (Rivalry) W 28-0  
11/24/84 at #11 SMU Texas StadiumIrving, TX L 28-31  
12/27/84* vs. #16 Auburn Liberty BowlMemphis, TN (Liberty Bowl) L 15-21  
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Liberty Bowl

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. [6]

1985

1985 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Holiday Bowl vs. Arizona State, W, 18-17
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
AP #12
1985 record 10-2 (6-2 SWC)
Head coach Ken Hatfield
Offensive scheme Option

Home stadium

Razorback Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1984 1986 »

Overview

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.

Schedule

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
9/14/85* Ole Miss #14 Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, MS (Rivalry) W 24-19  
9/21/85* Tulsa #14 War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR W 24-0  
9/28/85* New Mexico State #10 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 45-13  
10/5/85 at TCU #10 Amon G. Carter StadiumForth Worth, TX W 41-0  
10/12/85 at Texas Tech #6 Jones StadiumLubbock, TX W 30-7  
10/15/85 Texas #4 Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR L 13-15  
10/26/85 Houston #14 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 57-27  
11/2/85 at Rice #14 Rice StadiumHouston TX W 30-15  
11/9/85 #11 Baylor #12 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 20-14  
11/16/85 at Texas A&M #9 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX (Rivalry) L 6-10  
11/23/85 SMU #18 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 15-9  
12/22/85 vs. Arizona State #14 Qualcomm StadiumSan Diego, CA (Holiday Bowl) W 18-17  
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1986

1986 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Orange Bowl vs. Oklahoma, L, 8-42
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
AP #15
1986 record 9-3 (6-2 SWC)
Head coach Ken Hatfield
Offensive scheme Option

Home stadium

Razorback Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1985 1987 »

Schedule

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
9/13/86* Ole Miss #18 War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR (Rivalry) W 21-0  
9/20/86* Tulsa #12 Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR W 34-17  
9/27/86* New Mexico State #9 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 42-11  
10/4/86 TCU #8 Razorback Stadium • Fayettevile, AR W 34-17  
10/11/86 Texas Tech #8 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR L 7-17  
10/18/86 at Texas #14 Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX W 21-14  
10/25/86 at Houston #14 Robertson StadiumHouston, TX W 30-13  
11/1/86 Rice #13 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 45-14  
11/8/86 at Baylor #10 Baylor StadiumWaco, TX L 14-29  
11/15/86 #7 Texas A&M #17 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR (Rivalry) W 14-10  
11/22/86 at SMU #11 Gerald Ford StadiumIrving, TX W 41-0  
1/1/87* vs. #3 Oklahoma #9 Orange BowlMiami, FL (Orange Bowl) L 8-42  
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1987

1987 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Liberty Bowl vs. Georgia, L, 17-20
Conference Southwest Conference
1987 record 9-4 (5-2 SWC)
Head coach Ken Hatfield
Offensive scheme Option

Home stadium

Razorback Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1986 1988 »

Schedule

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
9/12/87* Ole Miss #13 Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, MS (Rivalry) W 31-10  
9/19/87* Tulsa #12 Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR W 30-15  
9/26/87* #5 Miami #10 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR L 7-51  
10/3/87 at TCU #10 Amon G. Carter StadiumForth Worth, TX W 20-10  
10/10/87 at Texas Tech #20 Jones StadiumLubbock, TX W 31-0  
10/17/87 Texas #15 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR L 14-16  
10/24/87 Houston #15 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 21-17  
10/31/87 at Rice Rice StadiumHouston TX W 38-14  
11/7/87 Baylor Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 10-7  
11/14/87 at #19 Texas A&M #20 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX (Rivalry) L 0-14  
11/28/87* New Mexico War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 43-25  
12/5/87* at Hawaii Aloha StadiumHonolulu, HA W 38-20  
12/29/87* vs. Georgia Liberty BowlMemphis, TN (Liberty Bowl) L 17-20  
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1988

1988 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Southwest Conference Champions
1989 Cotton Bowl Classic vs. UCLA, L, 3-17
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
AP #12
1988 record 10-2 (7-0 SWC)
Head coach Ken Hatfield
Offensive scheme Option

Home stadium

Razorback Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1987 1989 »

Schedule/Results

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
9/03/88* Pacific War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR W 63-14  
9/10/88* Tulsa Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR W 30-26  
9/17/88* Ole Miss War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR (Rivalry) W 21-13  
10/1/88 TCU Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 53-10  
10/8/88 Texas Tech #20 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 31-10  
10/15/88 at Texas #17 Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX W 27-24  
10/22/88 at Houston #13 Robertson StadiumHouston, TX W 26-21  
10/29/88 Rice #11 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 21-14  
11/5/88 at Baylor #11 Floyd Casey StadiumWaco, TX (Naming) W 33-3  
11/12/88 Texas A&M #11 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX (Rivalry) W 0-14  
11/26/88* at #3 Miami #8 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL L 16-18  
1/2/89* vs. #9 UCLA #8 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (1989 Cotton Bowl Classic) L 3-17  
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1989

1989 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Southwest Conference Champions
Cotton Bowl Classic, L, 27-31 vs. Tennessee
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
AP #13
1989 record 10-2 (7-1 SWC)
Head coach Ken Hatfield
Offensive scheme Option

Home stadium

Razorback Stadium
War Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1988 1990 »

Overview

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.[7]

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.

Schedule

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
9/16/89* Tulsa #9 Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR W 26-17  
9/23/89* at Ole Miss #8 Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, MS (Rivalry) W 24-17  
9/30/89* UTEP #8 War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR W 39-7  
10/07/89 at TCU #7 Amon G. Carter StadiumForth Worth, TX W 41-19  
10/14/89 at Texas Tech #7 Jones StadiumLubbock, TX W 45-13  
10/21/89 Texas #7 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR L 20-24  
10/28/89 #12 Houston #18 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 45-39  
11/04/89 at Rice #11 Rice StadiumHouston TX W 38-17  
11/11/89 Baylor #10 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR W 19-10  
11/24/89 at #14 Texas A&M #9 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX (Rivalry) W 23-22  
12/02/89 SMU #9 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR W 38-24  
1/01/90* vs. #8 Tennessee #10 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) L 27-31  
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Notes

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

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

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