Tulsa
Arkansas
23 - 30 Final
  for this game

Arkansas ends BCS chance for Tulsa

Nov 1, 2008 - 11:58 PM FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas (Ticker) -- Arkansas' defensive stand squashed Tulsa's Bowl Championship Series hopes.

Dennis Johnson returned a kickoff for a touchdown and the Razorbacks handed No. 18 Tulsa its first loss of the season, holding on for a 30-23 victory Saturday.

David Johnson drove Tulsa down to the 5-yard-line with less than two minutes to play, but his fourth-down pass fell incomplete and the Golden Hurricane (8-1) failed to beat a BCS Conference team for the first time since 1998.

"It really took our players' positive attitudes to win this game today," Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said. "We just came out of two tough losses, and Tulsa is a very good team.

"I was really proud of the defense for holding their offense to 23 points when they are usually making 50-to-60 points a game."

Dennis Johnson snapped a 23-23 tie late in the third quarter with 96-yard kickoff return for a score, and Arkansas' defense clamped down from there.

Tulsa brought the top-ranked offense in the nation to Fayetteville, but it was Arkansas' offense that looked unstoppable in this one.

Casey Dick passed for career-high 385 yards and a touchdown with an interception for the Razorbacks (4-5), who had lost five of their previous six contests.

"We thought we could do a lot more running the ball, but Casey had to throw it," Petrino said. "He distributed the ball and he really understood the coverage and progression."

For the first time since 1997, the Razorbacks had a pair of receivers with over 100 yards in a game as D.J. Williams finished with 129 and Jarius Wright had 112.

"It was a great momentum boost to come out and score early in the game," Williams said. "Everybody thought we would be down after those two losses, but we said we were tired of this and we wanted a win."

Dick, however, made a critical mistake in the fourth quarter, throwing an interception in the end zone from the Tulsa 15 when a field goal would have put the game out of reach.

The Golden Hurricane took over with 3:04 remaining and nearly made Arkansas pay for its miscue. David Johnson completed three straight passes to bring Tulsa down to the 12-yard-line.

After 7-yard run by Damaris Johnson, A.J. Whitmore was stuffed on back-to-back runs to set up a fourth-and-5 from the Arkansas 7. David Johnson attempt a short fade route to Trae Johnson, but it landed harmlessly out of bounds with 41 seconds remaining.

"Arkansas came out and played very aggressively on both sides of the ball," Tulsa coach Todd Graham said. "They had their guys ready to play today. The crowd was unbelievable. This is a very difficult atmosphere to come into and play."

It marked the 17th straight win in the series for Arkansas, which jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter.








  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    TULSA (19) 7 13 3 0 23
    ARKANSAS 17 6 7 0 30 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: ARKANSAS - TD, ANDREW DAVIE 13 YD PASS FROM
    CASEY DICK (ALEX TEJADA KICK),
    4:18. ARKANSAS 7-0
    ARKANSAS - FG, ALEX TEJADA 30 YD, 9:03.
    ARKANSAS 10-0
    ARKANSAS - TD, MICHAEL SMITH 7 YD RUN (ALEX
    TEJADA KICK),

    Nov 1 5:40 PM
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    Tulsa 23, Arkansas 30  4th - 0:47Nov 1 5:36 PM
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    Tulsa 23, Arkansas 30  4th - 7:00Nov 1 5:24 PM


  • NCAAF END, 3RD QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    TULSA (19) 7 13 3 23
    ARKANSAS 17 6 7 30 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: ARKANSAS - TD, ANDREW DAVIE 13 YD PASS FROM
    CASEY DICK (ALEX TEJADA KICK),
    4:18. ARKANSAS 7-0
    ARKANSAS - FG, ALEX TEJADA 30 YD, 9:03.
    ARKANSAS 10-0
    ARKANSAS - TD, MICHAEL SMITH 7 YD RUN (ALEX

    Nov 1 4:58 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD ARKANSAS
    DENNIS JOHNSON 96 YD KICKOFF RETURN
    (ALEX TEJADA KICK)
    TULSA (19) 23
    ARKANSAS 30 0:22 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Tulsa 23, Arkansas 30  3rd - 0:22Nov 1 4:55 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG TULSA
    JAROD TRACY 22 YD
    TULSA (19) 23
    ARKANSAS 23 0:36 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Tulsa 23, Arkansas 23  3rd - 0:36Nov 1 4:53 PM


  • NCAAF HALFTIME
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    TULSA (19) 7 13 20
    ARKANSAS 17 6 23 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: ARKANSAS - TD, ANDREW DAVIE 13 YD PASS FROM
    CASEY DICK (ALEX TEJADA KICK),
    4:18. ARKANSAS 7-0
    ARKANSAS - FG, ALEX TEJADA 30 YD, 9:03.
    ARKANSAS 10-0
    ARKANSAS - TD, MICHAEL SMITH 7 YD RUN (ALEX
    TEJADA

    Nov 1 3:49 PM
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    Tulsa 20, Arkansas 23  HalfNov 1 3:49 PM
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    Tulsa 20, Arkansas 23  2nd - 0:17Nov 1 3:48 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG ARKANSAS
    ALEX TEJADA 22 YD
    TULSA (19) 20
    ARKANSAS 23 0:17 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Tulsa 20, Arkansas 23  2nd - 0:17Nov 1 3:47 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD TULSA
    CHARLES CLAY 2 YD PASS FROM DAVID JOHNSON
    (JAROD TRACY KICK)
    TULSA (19) 20
    ARKANSAS 20 3:08 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Tulsa 20, Arkansas 20  2nd - 3:08Nov 1 3:34 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG ARKANSAS
    SHAY HADDOCK 23 YD
    TULSA (19) 13
    ARKANSAS 20 4:39 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Tulsa 13, Arkansas 20  2nd - 4:39Nov 1 3:29 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD TULSA
    CHARLES CLAY 28 YD RUN
    (PAT FAILED)
    TULSA (19) 13
    ARKANSAS 17 8:09 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Tulsa 13, Arkansas 17  2nd - 8:09Nov 1 3:20 PM


  • NCAAF END, 1ST QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    TULSA (19) 7 7
    ARKANSAS 17 17 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: ARKANSAS - TD, ANDREW DAVIE 13 YD PASS FROM
    CASEY DICK (ALEX TEJADA KICK),
    4:18. ARKANSAS 7-0
    ARKANSAS - FG, ALEX TEJADA 30 YD, 9:03.
    ARKANSAS 10-0
    ARKANSAS - TD, MICHAEL SMITH 7 YD RUN (ALEX

    Nov 1 2:52 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD TULSA
    TRAE JOHNSON 23 YD PASS FROM JACOB BOWER
    (CORY JEFFERIS KICK)
    TULSA (19) 7
    ARKANSAS 17 0:47 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Tulsa 7, Arkansas 17  1st - 0:47Nov 1 2:50 PM
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    Tulsa 0, Arkansas 17  1st - 2:22Nov 1 2:44 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD ARKANSAS
    MICHAEL SMITH 7 YD RUN
    (ALEX TEJADA KICK)
    TULSA (19) 0
    ARKANSAS 17 2:22 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Tulsa 0, Arkansas 17  1st - 2:22Nov 1 2:43 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG ARKANSAS
    ALEX TEJADA 30 YD
    TULSA (19) 0
    ARKANSAS 10 5:57 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Tulsa 0, Arkansas 10  1st - 5:57Nov 1 2:31 PM
  • DracosDomo woo! go hogs!

    Tulsa 0, Arkansas 7  1st - 10:42Nov 1 2:17 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD ARKANSAS
    ANDREW DAVIE 13 YD PASS FROM CASEY DICK
    (SHAY HADDOCK KICK)
    TULSA (19) 0
    ARKANSAS 7 10:42 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Tulsa 0, Arkansas 7  1st - 10:42Nov 1 2:16 PM
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