Arkansas' first mistake was embarrassing Texas' football team last year. The Razorbacks made at least seven more mistakes yesterday in Austin, Tex., and the Longhorns made them pay, 33-7.
Tom Jones, the Razorbacks' quarterback, broke an arm in the second quarter, then things got worse. In all, sixth-ranked Arkansas lost three fumbles and threw four interceptions.
Quarterback Robert Brewer of 12th-ranked Texas capitalized by throwing a 37-yard touchdown pass to Herkie Walls on the first play of the second period, then sneaking over from the one in the third.
"It was pretty humiliating last year and one of our goals was to pay them back," defensive end Kiki DeAyala, who helped nullify Arkansas' passing game, said.
The Longhorns were ranked No. 1 in the nation in 1981 before losing to Arkansas, 42-11.
"We wanted this one for Coach (Fred) Akers and we got it," Walls said. "Last year he took a lot of flak from those Arkansas people. They (Arkansas fans) didn't seem to respect him. I personally wanted to win this one for him."
"It would be foolish to say that none of us remembered what happened last year," Akers said. "I was there and I thought about it a lot."
Arkansas Coach Lou Holtz said that he "thought -- before the game -- that Texas was one of the better teams in the country."
The Southwest Conference victory improved Sun Bowl-bound Texas' record to 9-2 and 7-1 in the SWC.
The Razorbacks, who will play in the Bluebonnet Bowl, ended the regular season 8-2-1 and 5-2-1. They haven't won in Austin since 1966, and didn't come close yesterday.
Texas scored on a one-yard run by Ervin Davis, Walls' pass reception, Brewer's run, a nine-yard run by Mike Luck, a 45-yard field goal by Raul Allegre and a safety. The Razorbacks scored on a 46-yard pass from Brad Taylor to Gary Anderson.
Arkansas made three mistakes that led to Texas' 21-7 halftime lead.
Richard Peavy's interception of Taylor's pass on the Razorbacks' first possession of the first quarter set up the Longhorns' first touchdown. They drove 61 yards in 11 plays and scored on Davis' one-yard plunge. Big plays on the drive were 14- and 19-yard pass plays from Brewer to Bobby Micho and Darryl Clark.