Johnson, Hamilton lead Arkansas past Tulsa 19-15

Associated Press Modified: November 3, 2012 at 4:17 pm •  Published: November 3, 2012
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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 the 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.

"Cobi, what do you say about Cobi," Arkansas coach John L. Smith said. "He made a couple of plays in the second half that were just ... And great receivers will do that. Great receivers will go up and get them one-on-one, get the ball anywhere up in the air, and they should come down with it."

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 outgained Arkansas 203-158 in total yardage in the first half, and trailed 13-12 at the half after a pair of failed extra-point attempts and a missed field goal by Schwarz.

"We felt like we were outplaying them, but we didn't outscore them," Blankenship said. "Credit Arkansas for making the plays they had to make."

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 Trey 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 remaining.

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 Stadium.

"This will really help us," John L. Smith said. "You always have a little bit of ups and downs, and we have been pretty up for the entire year."