Alabama vs Arkansas 1980 Game Recap - Fueled by Sports

Alabama vs Arkansas 1980 Game Recap



The 1980 Sugar Bowl between #2 Alabama and #6 Arkansas was played on January 1, 1980 and would be a matchup between two legendary coaches in Paul “Bear” Bryant and Lou Holtz. The Crimson Tide came into the game with an 11-0 record, while their counterpart came into the game with 10-1 record, with their only loss coming to Houston.


Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
#2 Alabama 14 3 0 7 24
#6 Arkansas 3 0 6 0 9

Scoring Summary

Arkansas: Ish Ordonez 34-yard field goal
Alabama: Major Ogilvie 22-yard run (Alan McElory PAT)
Alabama: Ogilvie 1-yard run (McElory PAT)
Alabama: McElroy 25-yard FG
Arkansas: Robert Farrell 3-yard pass from Kevin Scanlon (PAT no good)
Alabama: Steve Whitman 12-yard run (McElory PAT)

Team Stats

Alabama Team Stats Arkansas
18 First Downs 21
53-284 Rushing 41-97
4-7-0 Passing 22-40-2
70 Passing Yards 245
60-354 Total Offense 81-342
8-36.2 Punts 7-36.2
1-1 Fumbles-Lost 1-1
7-61 Penalties-Yards 1-15

Game Facts

MVP: Major Ogilvie (RB, Alabama)
Attendance: 77,484
Stadium: Louisiana Superdome
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Network and Announcers: ABC, Keith Jackson and Are Parseghian
Alabama coach: Bear Bryant
Alabama offensive coordinator: Mal Moore
Alabama defensive coordinator: Ken Donahue
Arkansas coach: Lou Holtz
Arkansas offensive coordinator: Don Breaux
Arkansas defensive coordinator: Bob Cope

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