Saturday, November 3, 2012
Johnson, Arkansas survive Tulsa test
By Edward Aschoff
Arkansas' bowl hopes are slim, but they're still there.
It wasn't pretty, but with the Razorbacks' 19-15 win over Tulsa on Saturday, they are now two wins away from becoming bowl eligible after going 1-4 in September.
With running back Knile Davis dealing with a hamstring injury, Arkansas (4-5, 2-3 SEC) got another big day from Dennis Johnson. He carried the ball 22 times for a game-high 109 yards and had two touchdowns. His 1-yard touchdown run with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter gave Arkansas the lead for good.
Tyler Wilson threw for 272 yards and an interception, but got a major lift from wide receiver Cobi Hamilton, who caught 11 passes for a game-high 177 yards. Hamilton now has 69 catches for 1,077 yards this season. His 69 receptions break Jarius Wright's school record of 66 catches in a season.
Arkansas' defense had a solid outing against a pretty good offense. The Razorbacks held Tulsa to just 328 yards of offense and three second-half points.
This was a game that Arkansas absolutely had to have. If the Razorbacks are going to make it to a bowl game, a win had to happen on Saturday. The rest of November is going to be very tough, with two road games against Mississippi State and South Carolina before the season finale against LSU. Finding wins in the next three weeks definitely won't be easy, but there's definitely still some pride left in Fayetteville.