Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A two-time graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Arkansas holds off Tulsa, 19-15
Arkansas wide receiver Julian Horton (2) tries to get around Tulsa defensive back Marco Nelson (20) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/April L. Brown)
FAYETTEVILLE Dennis Johnson rushed for 109 yards and 2 touchdowns, and Arkansas held off Tulsa for a 19-15 win Saturday at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
Johnson's 1-yard touchdown run with 10:08 remaining gave the Razorbacks the lead for good after Tulsa overcame a double-digit first half deficit to take a 15-13 lead.
Arkansas (4-5) struggled to put the Golden Hurricane away following the score, though. Zach Hocker missed a 26-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter and the Razorbacks were stuffed on a fourth-and-1 on at the Tulsa 16 with just more than a minute left.
Chris Smith's sack forced a fumble by Tulsa quarterback Cody Green with 41 seconds remaining, which was recovered by Byran Jones to seal the win. The Golden Hurricane (7-2) lost their first game since their season opener.
Receiver Cobi Hamilton won the Crip Hall Award for Arkansas' most outstanding senior performance on Homecoming, recording 11 catches for 177 yards. He passed Jarius Wright as the school's single-season receptions leader with 69.
An announced crowd of 64,451 was on-hand for the game - the lowest attendance for a Fayetteville game since 2007.
Arkansas will travel to No. 8 South Carolina next week. The Gamecocks (7-2, 4-2 SEC) do not play this week.