In their first six games this season, the Razorbacks had led by at least 11 points at the half. But yesterday in Fayetteville, Ark., they took a 6-0 beating in the first half.
"At the half we had a meeting of the minds," Coach Lou Holtz said, "but there was no screaming or yelling.
"Our defense kept us in the game. Then we got things going in the second half. I'm glad the score ended like it did. Otherwise it would not have been indicative of the valiant effort made by Rice."
The Razorbacks made 115 yards and six first downs in the first half; but in the second, they got 255 yards and 15 first downs. Fullback Jesse Clark scored two touchdowns in 51 seconds and the fifth-ranked Razorbacks had won an SWC game.
Clark ran two yards for a touchdown with 52 seconds left in the third quarter and two plays after the extra point Milton Fields intercepted a pass and returned it 21 yards to the Rice 11. A face-mask penalty put the ball on the six and Clark scored with one second left in the period.
Arkansas is 7-0 for the first time since 1969. Rice is 0-8.