Tulsa Falls Short at Arkansas, 19-15
Nov. 3, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Tulsa's seven-game winning streak came to an end Saturday afternoon, as the Golden Hurricane fell at Arkansas, 19-15, in front of a crowd of 64,451 fans at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
Cody Green threw for 222 yards on 22-of-37 passing, and Trey Watts ran 19 times for 81 yards and a touchdown to lead the Hurricane (7-2). TU rushed for 106 yards, led by Watts' 81 yards on the ground. Keyarris Garrett caught a career-high 12 passes for 94 yards.
Arkansas (4-5) gained 407 total yards to TU's 328 yards. Tyler Wilson completed 21-of-31 passes for 272 yards and a touchdown for the Razorbacks. Dennis Johnson ran 22 times for 109 yards a two scores, including the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter.
DeAundre Brown tallied 11 tackles to lead a TU defense that totaled four tackles for loss, a sack and four quarterback hurries. Dexter McCoil picked off his 16th career pass and third of the season in the first half, and Mitchell Osborne forced his second fumble of the season in the third quarter.
Osborne's forced fumble and the 33-yard return by DeMarco Nelson led to a 29-yard field goal from Daniel Schwarz that gave Tulsa its first lead of the game, 15-13, with 9:15 left in the third quarter.
The Razorbacks, however, took the lead again for good with 10:08 remaining in the game after covering 76 yards in four plays following a TU punt. Johnson scored from the 1, and two-point PAT attempt was no good, giving Arkansas a 19-15 lead.
The Hurricane could not muster another scoring drive after the Arkansas touchdown. After a missed field goal attempt by the Razorbacks, TU took over with 3:35 remaining, but lost the possession on downs. TU had a last-chance possession with 1:07 left after stopping Arkansas, but Green was hit and fumbled on second down, allowing The Razorbacks to kneel out the clock.
TU punted after receiving the opening kickoff of the second half. On the ensuing Razorback drive, Osborne forced a fumble after a completed pass, and Nelson returned the ball to the Arkansas 45. Five plays later, Schwarz's 29-yard field goal put Tulsa ahead, 15-13.
Arkansas took the game's opening kickoff and drove 75 yards in seven plays to score the first touchdown of the contest. Dennis Johnson ran in from eight yards out for the touchdown.
On its first possession, Tulsa put together an 11-play, 40-yard drive that resulted in a missed 42-yard field goal attempt. Arkansas then 61 yards and extended its lead to 10-0 with a 31-yard field goal.
Tulsa got on the board with 11:42 left in the half when Alex Singleton plunged into the end zone from one yard out on fourth-and-goal to cut the deficit to 10-6, after the point-after attempt was no good.
The Razorbacks added a 46-yard field goal to extend their lead to 13-6 with 6:02 left in the half.
The Golden Hurricane pulled within a point before halftime when Trey Watts scampered 29 yards for a touchdown. The score capped a nine-play, 75-yard drive.
Tulsa returns to Conference USA play next week when it travels to face Houston at 4 p.m. The game will be televised by CBS Sports Network.
SCORING SUMMARY Qtr. Time Team Play Score 1 12:26 Ark Dennis Johnson 8 rush (Zach Hocker PAT) 0-7 1 4:06 Ark Hocker 31 FG 0-10 2 11:42 Tulsa Alex Singleton 1 run (PAT failed) 6-10 2 6:02 Ark Hocker 46 FG 6-13 2 2:49 Tulsa Trey Watts 29 run (PAT blocked) 12-13 3 9:15 Tulsa Daniel Schwarz 29 FG 15-13 4 10:08 Ark Johnson 1 run (2-pt PAT failed) 15-19
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