Arkansas finally wins its second game 23-0 against Tulsa.
By Carlos Chicas & Jamie Varnell
Photos: Crant Osborne & Varnell Media
When Arkansas and Tulsa took the field Saturday, they shared a lot of commonalities. They each had only one win, both wins had come again FCS opponents, and both teams have shown improvement during a season that has not been as productive as hoped, losing leads late in key games. Something had to change for one of them. While most were expecting the game to be decided by one score in the fourth quarter, things went in a different direction. Arkansas took care of business and defeated Tulsa 23-0 inside Donald W. Reynolds Stadium.
Arkansas started freshman Connor Noland in place of the injured Ty Storey. After his first drive ended in an interception, he was able to shake it off and have a fairly successful day. Though not flashy, he was solid and had a respectable 10/16 for 124 yards with a touchdown and an interception. What makes those numbers even better was the play of the Arkansas defense, which got a shutout, thwarting the Tulsa offensive attempts each series.
Tulsa likes to run the ball, and they did that with moderate success with Tulsa Union standout running back Shamari Brooks, who totaled 91 yards on the ground. For the Hogs, Rakeem Boyd was back from his early exit a week ago, but he did not finish this one as well. However, he punished the Tulsa defense with a bruising 109 yards on the ground. As a team, Arkansas had 196 rushing yards and kept the ball almost 10 minutes more than Tulsa.
Arkansas never had a breakout moment, but played consistently, moved the ball with authority, and played solid defense. The shutout was huge for a much-maligned defense that struggled a week ago in the final moments against Ole Miss. Connor Limpert became the most accurate kicker in the history of Razorback football with his 3 field goals and two extra points Saturday. Arkansas will get a chance for their first conference game next week when they host Vanderbilt for yet another 11 AM kickoff.