Orange Bowl

1978

Arkansas 31
Oklahoma 6

January 2, 1978 – Orange Bowl Stadium
 
Arkansas Sales Pitch Works
Reserve running back Roland Sales set an Orange Bowl record with 205 rushing yards on 22 carries and a pair of touchdowns in Arkansas’ 31-6 upset over a championship-minded Oklahoma.
 
With top-ranked Texas losing earlier in the day in the Cotton Bowl, all Oklahoma had to do was win to achieve the top ranking. Also in the Sooners' corner was the suspension of three Arkansas starters by Coach Lou Holtz prior to the trip to Miami. But it was not to be.
 
Barry Switzer went against his own strategy by choosing to receive the opening kickoff rather than play defense. Oklahoma fumbled inside its own 10 on the third play of the game and Arkansas immediately scored for a lead it never relinquished.
 
The fumbles by Oklahoma backs Billy Sims and Kenny King turned into touchdowns and it was quickly a 14-0 Razorback lead. Arkansas went nine yards in two plays for the first score, a 1-yard Sales run, and 58 yards in seven plays that culminated in another 1-yard run—this one by Ron Calcagni.
 

  ARK OKLA
First Downs 22 19
Rushing Attempts 60 49
Rushing Yards 317 230
Passes Attempted 12 14
Passes Completed 7 7
Had Intercepted 0 1
Passing Yards 90 80
Total Offense 407 310
Punts/Avg. 4/40.5 5/44.4
Fumbles/Lost  2/1 4/3
Penalties/Yards 7/50 5/25

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS            
Arkansas 14 0 10 7 - 31
Oklahoma 0 0 0 6 - 6

                                          
SCORING SUMMARY
ARK: Sales 1-yard run (Little kick); ARK: Calcagni 1-yard run (Little kick); ARK: Little 32-yard FG; ARK: Sales 4-yard run (Little kick); OKLA: Hicks 8-yard pass from Blevins (run failed); ARK: White 20-yard run (Little kick) MOP: Roland Sales (Arkansas), Reggie Freeman (Arkansas)
 
Arkansas Head Coach: Lou Holtz
Oklahoma Head Coach: Barry Switzer