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


1980[]

1980
Team Arkansas Razorbacks
,
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
Season Record 7-5-0
Coaches
Head Coach Lou Holtz
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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 Stadium • Austin, Texas L 17-23 
9/23/80* Oklahoma State #17 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, Arkansas W 33-20 
9/27/80* Tulsa #15 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, Arkansas W 33-8 
10/4/80 TCU #14 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, Arkansas W 44-7 
10/11/80* Wichita State #15 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, Arkansas W 27-7 
10/25/80 at Houston #15 Astrodome • Houston, Texas L 17-24 
11/1/80 Rice War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, Arkansas L 16-17 
11/8/80 at #16 Baylor Baylor Stadium • Waco, Texas L 15-42 
11/15/80 Texas A&M Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, Arkansas (Rivalry) W 27-24 
11/22/80 at SMU Texas Stadium • Irving, Texas L 7-31 
11/29/80 Texas Tech War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, Arkansas W 22-16 
27 December 1980* vs. Tulane Legion Field • Birmingham, Alabama (Hall of Fame Classic) W 34-15 
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1981[]

1981
Team Arkansas Razorbacks
,
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
Coaches Rank 16 (UPI)
Season Record 8-4-0
Coaches
Head Coach Lou Holtz
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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 Stadium • Fayetteville, Arkansas W 14-10 
9/19/81* Northwestern War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, Arkansas W 38-7 
9/26/81* at Ole Miss Memorial Stadium • Jackson, MS (Rivalry) W 27-13 
10/3/81 at TCU Amon G. Carter Stadium • Fort Worth, Texas L 24-28 
10/10/81 at Texas Tech Jones Stadium • Lubbock, Texas W 26-14 
10/17/81 #1 Texas Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, Arkansas W 42-11 
10/24/81 Houston #12 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, Arkansas L 17-20 
10/31/81 at Rice #20 Rice Stadium • Houston, Texas W 41-7 
11/7/81 Baylor #19 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, Arkansas W 41-39 
11/14/81 at Texas A&M #16 Kyle Field • College Station, Texas (Rivalry) W 10-7 
11/21/81 SMU #16 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, Arkansas L 12-32 
12/28/81* vs. #11 North Carolina Jacksonville Municipal Stadium • Jacksonville, Florida (Gator Bowl) L 27-31 
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1982[]

1982
Team Arkansas Razorbacks
,
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
Associated Press (AP) Rank 13
Season Record 9-2-1
Coaches
Head Coach Lou Holtz
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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 Stadium • Fayetteville, Arkansas W 38-0 
9/18/82* Navy #9 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, Arkansas W 29-17 
9/25/82* Ole Miss #9 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, Arkansas (Arkansas) W 14-12 
10/2/82 TCU #10 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, Arkansas W 35-0 
10/9/82 Texas Tech #9 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, Arkansas W 21-3 
10/23/82 at Houston #6 Astrodome • Houston, Texas W 38-3 
10/30/82 Rice #5 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, Arkansas W 24-6 
11/6/82 at Baylor #5 Baylor Stadium • Waco, Texas L 17-24 
11/13/82 Texas A&M #10 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, Arkansas (Rivalry) W 35-0 
11/13/82 at #2 SMU #9 Texas Stadium • Irving, Texas T 17-17 
12/4/82 at #12 Texas #6 Memorial Stadium • Austin, Texas L 7-33 
12/31/82* vs. Florida #14 Astrodome • Houston, Texas (Bluebonnet Bowl) W 28-24 
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1983[]

1983
Team Arkansas Razorbacks
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
Season Record 6-5-0
Coaches
Head Coach Lou Holtz
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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 Stadium • Fayetteville, Arkansas W 17-14 
9/17/83* New Mexico War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, Arkansas W 17-0 
9/24/83* at Ole Miss #18 Veterans Memorial Stadium • Jackson, MS (Rivalry) L 10-13 
10/1/83 at TCU Amon G. Carter Stadium • Fort Worth, Texas W 38-21 
10/15/83 #2 Texas War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, Arkansas L 3-31 
10/22/83 Houston Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, Arkansas W 24-3 
10/29/83 Rice War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, Arkansas W 35-0 
11/5/83 Baylor Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, Arkansas L 21-24 
11/12/83 Texas A&M Kyle Field • College Station, Texas (Rivalry) L 23-36 
11/19/83 #6 SMU War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, Arkansas L 0-17 
11/26/83 at Texas Tech Jones Stadium • Lubbock, Texas W 16-13 
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from UP Poll.

1984[]

1984
Team Arkansas Razorbacks
,
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
Season Record 7-4-1
Coaches
Head Coach Ken Hatfield
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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 Stadium • Little Rock, Arkansas (Rivalry) T 14-14 
9/22/84* Tulsa Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, Arkansas W 18-9 
9/29/84* Navy War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, Arkansas W 33-10 
10/6/84 TCU Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, Arkansas L 31-32 
10/13/84 Texas Tech War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, Arkansas W 24-0 
10/20/84 at #3 Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, Texas L 18-24 
10/27/84 at Houston Astrodome • Houston, Texas W 17-3 
11/3/84 Rice War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, Arkansas W 28-6 
11/10/84 at Baylor Baylor Stadium • Waco, Texas W 17-24 
11/17/84 Texas A&M Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, Arkansas (Rivalry) W 28-0 
11/24/84 at #11 SMU Texas Stadium • Irving, Texas L 28-31 
12/27/84* vs. #16 Auburn Liberty Bowl • Memphis, Tennessee (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
Team Arkansas Razorbacks
,
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
Associated Press (AP) Rank 12
Season Record 10-2
Coaches
Head Coach Ken Hatfield
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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 Stadium • Jackson, MS (Rivalry) W 24-19 
9/21/85* Tulsa #14 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, Arkansas W 24-0 
9/28/85* New Mexico State #10 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, Arkansas W 45-13 
10/5/85 at TCU #10 Amon G. Carter Stadium • Fort Worth, Texas W 41-0 
10/12/85 at Texas Tech #6 Jones Stadium • Lubbock, Texas W 30-7 
10/15/85 Texas #4 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, Arkansas L 13-15 
10/26/85 Houston #14 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, Arkansas W 57-27 
11/2/85 at Rice #14 Rice Stadium • Houston TX W 30-15 
11/9/85 #11 Baylor #12 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, Arkansas W 20-14 
11/16/85 at Texas A&M #9 Kyle Field • College Station, Texas (Rivalry) L 6-10 
11/23/85 SMU #18 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, Arkansas W 15-9 
12/22/85 vs. Arizona State #14 Qualcomm Stadium • San Diego, California (Holiday Bowl) W 18-17 
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1986[]

1986
Team Arkansas Razorbacks
,
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
Associated Press (AP) Rank 15
Season Record 9-3
Coaches
Head Coach Ken Hatfield
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Schedule[]

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

1987[]

1987
Team Arkansas Razorbacks
,
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
Season Record 9-4
Coaches
Head Coach Ken Hatfield
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Schedule[]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
9/12/87* Ole Miss #13 Veterans Memorial Stadium • Jackson, MS (Rivalry) W 31-10 
9/19/87* Tulsa #12 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, Arkansas W 30-15 
9/26/87* #5 Miami #10 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, Arkansas L 7-51 
10/3/87 at TCU #10 Amon G. Carter Stadium • Fort Worth, Texas W 20-10 
10/10/87 at Texas Tech #20 Jones Stadium • Lubbock, Texas W 31-0 
10/17/87 Texas #15 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, Arkansas L 14-16 
10/24/87 Houston #15 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, Arkansas W 21-17 
10/31/87 at Rice Rice Stadium • Houston TX W 38-14 
11/7/87 Baylor Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, Arkansas W 10-7 
11/14/87 at #19 Texas A&M #20 Kyle Field • College Station, Texas (Rivalry) L 0-14 
11/28/87* New Mexico War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, Arkansas W 43-25 
12/5/87* at Hawaii Aloha Stadium • Honolulu, HA W 38-20 
12/29/87* vs. Georgia Liberty Bowl • Memphis, Tennessee (1987 Liberty Bowl) L 17-20 
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1988[]

1988
Team Arkansas Razorbacks
Southwest Conference Champions
,
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
Associated Press (AP) Rank 12
Season Record 10-2
Coaches
Head Coach Ken Hatfield
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Schedule/Results[]

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

1989[]

1989
Team Arkansas Razorbacks
Southwest Conference Champions
,
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
Associated Press (AP) Rank 13
Season Record 10-2
Coaches
Head Coach Ken Hatfield
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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 Stadium • Fayetteville, Arkansas W 26-17 
9/23/89* at Ole Miss #8 Veterans Memorial Stadium • Jackson, MS (Rivalry) W 24-17 
9/30/89* UTEP #8 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, Arkansas W 39-7 
10/07/89 at TCU #7 Amon G. Carter Stadium • Fort Worth, Texas W 41-19 
10/14/89 at Texas Tech #7 Jones Stadium • Lubbock, Texas W 45-13 
10/21/89 Texas #7 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, Arkansas L 20-24 
10/28/89 #12 Houston #18 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, Arkansas W 45-39 
11/04/89 at Rice #11 Rice Stadium • Houston TX W 38-17 
11/11/89 Baylor #10 Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, Arkansas W 19-10 
11/24/89 at #14 Texas A&M #9 Kyle Field • College Station, Texas (Rivalry) W 23-22 
12/02/89 SMU #9 War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, Arkansas W 38-24 
1/01/90* vs. #8 Tennessee #10 Cotton Bowl • Dallas, Texas (Template:Alternate links) 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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