Fayetteville, Ark. – The Razorbacks took advantage of three Golden Hurricane special teams miscues on Saturday beating Tulsa 19-15.
The game was not pretty but the Arkansas Razorbacks (4-5) needed a win on Saturday over Tulsa (7-2) to stay mathematically alive for a bowl berth and a win they received.
Tulsa kicker Daniel Schwarz missed two field goals and had an extra point blocked making the difference in the final score.
Arkansas senior running back Dennis Johnson led the Hogs to victory racking up 107 rushing yards on 22 carries with two scores.
Razorback senior wide receiver Cobi Hamilton eclipsed the Arkansas single season reception record set last year by Jarius Wright (66) after pulling in 11 passes for 183 yards. Hamilton had 58 catches entering Saturday’s homecoming game and now has 1,077 receiving yards on the season.
Tyler Wilson did not find the end zone against Tulsa but posted strong passing numbers finishing with 278 yards on 21 of 31 attempts with one interception.
Wilson was hit often on passing attempts, taking an especially hard hit on the opening play, but he and the Arkansas offensive line was able to neutralize the nation’s No. 1 ranked sack defense (an average of over 4 per game) by only allowing one sack.
The highly anticipated match-up of Arkansas’ run defense against the then No. 9 ranked rushing attack in FBS of Tulsa’s was handily won by the Razorbacks. The Hogs held Tulsa to 111 net yards rushing on 33 attempts. The Golden Hurricane team was averaging 249 yards per game previously.
Tulsa was led Trey Watts’ 83 rushing yards with one score. Alex Singleton also had a rushing touchdown for the Hurricane but finished the game with three rushing attempts for -2 yards.
Tulsa quarterback Cody Green completed 60 percent of his passes but was not able to exploit the young pass defense of the Razorbacks finishing with 224 yards on 22 of 37 attempts.
Senior punter Dylan Breeding was an unsung hero for Arkansas flipping the field of play when needed by averaging 60 yards per punt on three kicks.
Arkansas got two field goals from Zach Hocker. Hocker did miss a 25-yard field goal attempt after a 12-play 75 yard drive by the Hogs in the fourth quarter.
The Razorbacks travel to South Carolina next week to play the Gamecocks while Tulsa goes on the road again next week to face the University of Houston.