Scores

Final

(19) Tulsa 23

(8-1, 3-1 away)

Arkansas 30

(4-5, 2-3 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

2:00 PM ET, November 1, 2008

Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, AR

1 2 3 4 T
#19TLSA 7 13 3 023
ARK 17 6 7 030

Top Performers

Passing: C. Dick (ARK) - 385 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Smith (ARK) - 23 CAR, 67 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Clay (TLSA) - 7 REC, 117 YDS, 1 TD

Special teams key as Arkansas snaps Tulsa's unbeaten run

Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Every quarter this season, Tulsa had found a way to score. No matter the opponent, the Golden Hurricane kept moving the ball and found the end zone.

Then in the final minute against Arkansas, with it's unbeaten record hanging in the balance, David Johnson and Tulsa finally fell short.

Fast Facts

• Arkansas held the nation's top offense to less than half its output in knocking Tulsa from the ranks of the unbeaten.

• Tulsa entered the game averaging 55.6 points and over 600 total yards a game but only managed 23 points and 528 total yards.

• After Tulsa tied the score at 23, Cory Jefferis returned the kickoff for a touchdown, giving Arkansas the win.

• Arkansas has won 17 consecutive meetings in the series.

-- ESPN research

Johnson threw incomplete on fourth down from the Arkansas 7, giving the Razorbacks a 30-23 victory Saturday and ending No. 18 Tulsa's unbeaten run.

"Obviously our BCS dreams are wounded, but we still want to finish up conference undefeated and win the Liberty Bowl," defensive lineman Wilson Garrison said. "This is just a bump in the road."

It sure was a big one. Tulsa (8-1) came into the game leading the nation in scoring, putting up 56 points a game with its fast-paced offense full of misdirection plays. The Golden Hurricane, who play in Conference USA and had not played a team from a BCS conference, were hoping an unbeaten regular season would be enough to earn a spot in the Bowl Championship Series.

They rallied from an early 17-0 deficit, but Dennis Johnson's 96-yard kickoff return gave Arkansas a 30-23 lead in the final minute of the third period. Neither team scored in the fourth -- Tulsa's first scoreless quarter of the season.

"You watch them in their other games, and they're scoring 60 points and 77 -- and you don't sleep very good all week long," Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said. "For our defense to come out and hold them to 23 points, I think that's an excellent job."

The Golden Hurricane (8-1) caught a huge break when Casey Dick threw an interception in the end zone with just over three minutes remaining. Arkansas (4-5) was well within field goal range, but the turnover gave Tulsa a chance to tie.

Johnson moved his team downfield with ease, but after reaching the Arkansas 5, Tulsa was stopped on two straight runs. That brought up fourth down, and Johnson's pass to the back corner of the end zone fell incomplete.

"Arkansas' defense did a great job up front, especially early," Johnson said. "They did some things that confused us a little bit, and came at us hard from the get-go."

Tulsa appeared overmatched at first against its Southeastern Conference opponent. Arkansas scored on the game's first drive on a 13-yard pass from Dick to Andrew Davie. The Razorbacks then sacked Johnson on Tulsa's first two offensive plays.

The Golden Hurricane called two early timeouts while Arkansas had the ball, but still couldn't stop the Razorbacks' momentum. When Smith scored on a 7-yard run with 2:22 to play in the first quarter, it was 17-0.

Tulsa turned the game around quickly. Backup quarterback Jacob Bower found Trae Johnson for a 22-yard touchdown. Charles Clay added a 28-yard touchdown run and later caught a 2-yard TD pass from Johnson to tie it at 20.

Johnson threw for 322 yards and was intercepted once.

Arkansas led 23-20 at halftime, and Tulsa turned the ball over at the start of the third quarter when a wide receiver pass by A.J. Whitmore was intercepted. On their next possession, the Golden Hurricane came up short on fourth down, but their defense rose to the occasion. Arkansas went for it on fourth-and-1 from the Tulsa 16, and Smith was stopped.

Tulsa drove all the way to the Arkansas 2 and had first-and-goal, delighting the large group of blue-clad fans in the northeast corner of the end zone. But a mishap on a snap cost the Golden Hurricane 12 yards. They eventually settled for a field goal, and Dennis Johnson returned the ensuing kickoff all the way to put the Razorbacks ahead to stay.

"I thought about it all last night that I wanted to break one," the Arkansas freshman said. "When I saw that opportunity, I took it."

Dick threw for 385 yards, but aside from Johnson's return, Arkansas didn't score in the second half. The Razorbacks made up for that by holding Tulsa to by far its lowest point total of the season. The Golden Hurricane had scored at least 37 points in every game under the eye of offensive assistant Gus Malzahn -- who was the offensive coordinator at Arkansas in 2006.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TLSA
ARK
1st Downs2519
Total Yards528435
Passing344385
Rushing18450
Penalties6-574-36
3rd Down Conversions6-157-16
4th Down Conversions0-20-1
Turnovers31
Possession27:2232:38

Passing Leaders

TulsaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Johnson17/3132210.411
ArkansasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dick25/3838510.111

Rushing Leaders

TulsaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Adams9455.0012
Tennial9394.3014
ArkansasCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith23672.9127
Team1-1-1.000

Receiving Leaders

TulsaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Clay711716.7147
Johnson38628.7133
ArkansasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams612921.5044
Wright511222.4034

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTLSAARK
TD10:42Andrew Davie 13 Yd Pass From Casey Dick (Alex Tejada Kick) 07
FG05:57Alex Tejada 30 Yd 010
TD02:22Michael Smith 7 Yd Run (Alex Tejada Kick) 017
TD00:47Trae Johnson 22 Yd Pass From Jacob Bower (Jarod Tracy Kick) 717
SECOND QUARTERTLSAARK
TD08:09Charles Clay 28 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 1317
FG04:39Alex Tejada 22 Yd 1320
TD03:08Charles Clay 2 Yd Pass From David Johnson (Jarod Tracy Kick) 2020
FG00:17Alex Tejada 22 Yd 2023
THIRD QUARTERTLSAARK
FG00:36Jarod Tracy 22 Yd 2323
TD00:22Dennis Johnson 96 Yd Kickoff Return (Alex Tejada Kick) 2330