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1978 Orange Bowl Reunion

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Muskie Harris, Roland Sales and Vaughn Lusby who played on the 1977 team that won the 1978 Orange Bowl stopped by the Gameday show. Video: 1978 Orange Bowl Reunion
Muskie Harris, Roland Sales and Vaughn Lusby who played on the 1977 team that won the 1978 Orange Bowl stopped by the Gameday show. Sat, 21 Oct 2017 15:35:27 +0000 1978 Orange Bowl Reunion Muskie Harris, Roland Sales and Vaughn Lusby who played on the 1977 team that won the 1978 Orange Bowl stopped by the Gameday show. KNWA >> we're back live here from alumni alley getting ready for auburn and arkansas but it's time to flashback, go back to the archives we bring in special guests for this an honor for me to get an opportunity to talk to vaughn lusby and muskie harris and roland sales. roland was one of the mvps from the 1978 orange bowl. guys great to have you here. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> first and foremost, last night i'm sitting there i've got to go on youtube muskie and check this out and kind of just go down memory lane. there's all these lines going through the tape. and you're like man i want to see some clean video of all those great highlights but take us back to that 1977 season what that was like. >> well, that was a great time for us. we wasn't respected in the southwest conference. we were picked to finish maybe sixth in the conference. because we came off of 6-5 in the season. and coach oats transitioning taking over for coach bols and we have 14 fifth year seniors we were a developed squad with no reign and that's what you were doing to do is leave your mark on this campus as a championship team. and then the controversy, the players being dismissed from the squad that we were going to roll over to the mighty oklahoma. >> sure. >> and after we got down there and people felt we were from australia also they didn't know where arkansas was. so that was a little bit of tension right there. but we had our mind made up that if we win this game, we would earn the respect. and that's what we did. we went out there and showed them that we were a team and we were here for business. >> you mentioned the three players suspended going into that game. not only after the suspensions you went up to a 24-point underdog and this guy out of the chute i'm going to run all over oklahoma i've got this, no big deal. over 200 yards rushing, roland, your thoughts on just going back to that game and just some of your memories. >> well, they were all good memories. the number one thing about that game with us is that we just played the game that we played all year long. and the rest of the country probably didn't understand that. the oddsmakers didn't understand that. but like muskie was saying, a little more disrespect coming in that we weren't as good as we should be. but we ranked in several categories in the defense and offense all year long. and we said hey where's that at. so we came in and we did what we normally did, our handful of crowd from arkansas was up there. >> no i think half the state of arkansas. everybody tells me i was at that game. >> that's right. everybody says that. and we did what came naturally to us, offense work, defense always worked. they kept them from being on the field. and hey the rest of it is history and it was no surprise to arkansas fans and us. >> totally in sync 31-6 victory. finished third in the nation. vaughn take us back to your thoughts. >> going back to those days, we had a defense. and as a defense we knew we could play. you know even though the suspension of the three players we had, we knew as a ball club we had players. and we competed with anybody they put on the field with us. and it was bittersweet. me being from oklahoma, see, made it better for you because every time i went home all i would hear is you're not going to beat ou you're not going to beat them ou. you put your cleats and pants on the same way we do and we knew we could play we knew we were athletes and up for the challenge. it didn't matter who we played or put on the field. we played oral campbell for three or four years we saw no better athletes to me in the southwest conference at that time that they had anywhere so we knew we could compete and play. and in my mind there was no doubt we could win and beat oklahoma. >> they had a pretty good guy in billy simms. >> well, we had a pretty good guy in roland sales. >> that's right. he's a back-up i got this. no big deal. when you think about it you had guys i don't want to say flew under the radar but look down the list people talk about oklahoma and that football game going in. guys like billy simms and barry switser the head coach and dan hampton pro career he went on. >> vaughn all-american. nfl player. >> it's kind of all about having a chip on your shoulder, right, muskie. >> right, that chip is called respect. you just whoop their but on butt on the field and that's what you do. i'm looking for the players to strap the helmet on and whoop. and it's monumental play. i don't know how you can lose here. i can't put my helmet on and cleats on and walk on and let somebody beat my butt it's not going to happen. >> transition to close, roland have you followed much where this season has gone obviously just two wins this season for arkansas team. >> i've looked at it from time to time i've been watching since the transition from the new regime for the past couple of years. and you know i would like to see it do a little bit better. >> i hear ya. >> the hogs we're waiting for them to come back and do what we know they can do. and get back on top. >> quick ten seconds on your take on last night what was it like with that reunion. >> last night was fantastic. for me i haven't been back to fayetteville in 39 years. so for me to come back and see all the players and all the history and all that, yeah, it was fantastic. i enjoyed every bit of it. >> guys, i appreciate it. thanks for coming

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