DALLAS (Jan. 1, 1990) - Tennessee finished with its finest season record since 1970 by taking a hard-fought 31-27 decision over the Southwest Conference champion Razorbacks.
The Vols, paced by the running of Offensive MVP Chuck Webb and an opportunistic defense, raced to a 31-13 lead after three periods, but the Hogs stormed back to close the margin before Alvin Harper recovered an onside kick attempt with 1:23 left on the clock and the Vols were able to run out the clock.
UT had parlayed a field goal by Greg Burke, two TDs by Webb, one on a 78-yard run down the near sideline, an 84-yard pass from Andy Kelly to Anthony Morgan and a 1-yard toss from Kelly to Greg Amsler to take the lead.
Martin Williams and Tracy Hayworth recovered fumbles to blunt two Arkansas drives and Defensive MVP Carl Pickens intercepted an Arkansas pass to stop another drive. Kacy Rodgers made a big play in the fourth quarter, stopping Arkansas tailback Barry Foster on fourth-and-1 at the Vol 9.