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November 3, 2012

Tulsa comes up short at Arkansas




FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Tulsa's losing streak against Arkansas extended to 18 games on Saturday, as the Hurricane suffered a tough 19-15 loss in Fayetteville due to too many mistakes and squandered opportunities.

Dennis Johnson rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns for Arkansas, and Cobi Hamilton set the school's single-season receptions record. The win keeps the slim bowl chances alive for the Razorbacks (4-5) with three games remaining.

Johnson's 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter put the Razorbacks up for good, and it came after a pair of catches by Hamilton - who finished with 11 catches for 177 yards.

Tulsa led 15-13 in the second half after rallying from a 10-0 first-quarter deficit.

The Golden Hurricane had a chance to extend that lead late in the third quarter after driving to the Arkansas 5, but quarterback Cody Green's fourth-down pass was batted down after coach Bill Blankenship elected to bypass the short field goal attempt.

The Razorbacks took advantage of the new life behind quarterback Tyler Wilson and Hamilton. Wilson, who finished 21 of 31 passing 272 yards, found Hamilton for back-to-back catches early in the fourth quarter to take Arkansas to the Tulsa 1.

The catches were Hamilton's 67th and 68th of the season, and the senior is now just 40 yards behind Wright's school single-season yards record of 1,117.

Johnson finished the drive with his second touchdown run of the game, and the Razorbacks held off a pair of late Golden Hurricane chances for their third win in their last four games. Arkansas must now win two of its final three games - against South Carolina, Mississippi State and LSU - to reach bowl eligibility for the fourth straight season.

Tulsa, which entered the game in search of its first win over the Razorbacks since 1976, appeared poised to do just that while outgaining Arkansas 203-158 in total yardage in the first half. The Golden Hurricane trailed 13-12 at the half after a pair of failed extra-point attempts and a missed field goal by kicker Daniel Schwarz.

Green was 15 of 18 passing in the half, finding Keyarris Garrett for 10 of his completions, but he struggled in the second half and finished 22 of 37 passing for 222 yards. Garrett finished with 12 catches for 94 yards, while Watts had 81 yards rushing on 19 carries and 53 yards receiving.

With the Razorbacks leading 19-15 late in the fourth quarter, kicker Zack Hocker pulled a 26-yard field goal attempt left - giving Tulsa the ball back with 3:35 remaining.

The Golden Hurricane, however, was unable to earn a first down after Green's fourth-down pass was dropped by Garrett.

Still, Tulsa had another late opportunity after Arkansas bypassed a field goal attempt and failed on a fourth-and-one on the Golden Hurricane 16 - giving Tulsa the ball back with 1:07 remaining.

That drive was put to an end when Razorbacks defensive end Chris Smith sacked Green on second down, forcing a fumble that Byran Jones recovered to a collective sigh of relief in Razorback Stadium.

GAME NOTES

• Today's game was the 72nd meeting between Tulsa and Arkansas. It's the 41st straight game that has been played in the state of Arkansas.

• Quarterback Cody Green was back in the starting lineup after missing Tulsa's last game against Rice on Oct. 20. It is his eighth start this season.

• Two Tulsa players have started over 40 career games. This was DE Cory Dorris' 46th career start in 47 games played, while OC Trent Dupy started for the 45th time in 47 career games played. Dupy has now started 42 consecutive games.

• Arkansas' opening score at 12:26 was the second quickest score against Tulsa this year. The quickest score by an opponent came on the first play of the UAB game at the 14:50 mark.

• Alex Singleton's one-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter was his 35th rushing TD. He is only four shy of the school record for overall touchdowns of 39, which is held by Tarrion Adams (2005-08).

• Alex Singleton now has scored 96 points this year which ties him for 8th place on the school's single-season scoring list. He now has 210 career points.

• Trey Watts' 29-yard touchdown run was his second run this year for over 20 yards. His only other 20+ run from scrimmage was a 77-yard run vs. Iowa State.

• Senior safety Dexter McCoil had his third interception of the season and the 16th of his career. He is the school's all-time leader for interceptions.

• The last time Tulsa played Arkansas in 2008, the Razorbacks snapped an eight-game winning streak. Today, Arkansas ended TU's seven-game winning streak.



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