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Johnson, Hamilton lead Arkansas past Tulsa 19-15
ARKANSAS 19, TULSA 15
By KURT VOIGT
AP Sports Writer
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Dennis Johnson and Cobi Hamilton
helped Arkansas once again find a way against Tulsa.
Johnson rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns, and Hamilton
set the school's single-season receptions record, as the
Razorbacks rallied for a 19-15 win over the Golden Hurricane on
The win keeps the slim bowl chances alive for the Razorbacks
(4-5) with three games remaining, and it extends their winning
streak to 18 games over the Golden Hurricane.
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. Hamilton
has 69 catches for 1,077 yards this season, breaking Jarius
Wright's mark of 66 catches in a season.
Trey Watts led Tulsa (7-2) with 134 yards of total offense and a
touchdown. The loss snaps the Golden Hurricane's seven-game
Tulsa led 15-13 in the second half after rallying from a 10-0
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
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
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
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
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