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Arkansas-Tulsa postgame notes

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas-Tulsa postgame notes

Arkansas Game Notes Tulsa – 11/1/08

Team Notes

Arkansas is now 4-5 in coin tosses this season. The Razorbacks are 3-1 this season when they win the toss and 1-4 when they lose.

The Razorbacks are now 53-15-2 against Tulsa all-time. Arkansas has defeated the Golden Hurricane in 17 straight games dating back to Sept. 25, 1976.

The Razorbacks scored a touchdown on their first drive of the game. It is the first time this season Arkansas has scored a touchdown on its first drive. Arkansas kicked a field goal against Auburn, its only other first drive that resulted in points.

Arkansas’ defense posted back-to-back sacks during its opening two plays, a season first.

The Razorback’s 17 points in the first quarter exceed their season total for points scored in the first quarter (10). Arkansas had scored three points against Auburn and seven against Kentucky in the opening 15 minutes prior to the Tulsa game.

Arkansas’ 23 points in the first half were a season high. Arkansas’ previous high was 14 against Kentucky.

The Hogs’ 30 points were a season high. The previous best was 28 against Western Illinois and La.-Monroe.

The last time Arkansas kicked three field goals in a half was last season against Troy when Alex Tejada accomplished the task.

The Razorbacks were 0-1 on fourth down conversions. For the season, Arkansas is 8-18.

Arkansas has two wins over ranked teams this season – No. 22 Auburn and No. 19 Tulsa.

Individual Notes

Casey Dick completed 25-38 passes for 385 yards with one touchdown. His fourth completion on the day put him past Matt Jones for third on Arkansas’ all-time completions list. He now ranks on Arkansas’ all-time charts as follows:

oCompletions – 439, 3rd => Next: Barry Lunney Jr., 476

oAttempts – 795, 3rd => Next: Barry Lunney Jr., 856

oYards – 5,442, 4th => Next: Barry Lunney Jr., 5,782

oTouchdown Passes – 43, 3rd => Next: Matt Jones, 53

oCompletion Percentage – .552, T5th with Matt Jones => Next: Quinn Grovey (.555)

Casey Dick’s passing yardage total of 385 is the second-most in school history. His total trails only the 387-yard effort by Clint Stoerner against LSU in 1997. That LSU contest is also the last game prior to the Tulsa game in which two Arkansas receivers recorded 100-yard games in the same contest.

Casey Dick completed passes to seven receivers during the game. He connected with six different receivers in the first quarter.

Casey Dick recorded his third 300-yard passing game of the season. He is the first Razorback quarterback to throw for three 300-yard games in a single season and the only SEC quarterback to do so this season. At Arkansas, only Clint Stoerner has thrown for more 300-yard games (4) in a career.

Michael Smith rushed 23 times for 67 yards.

Michael Smith now has 987 yards rushing on the season and 1,333 all-purpose yards through his eighth game played. Last season, Doak Walker Award winner and Heisman Trophy runner-up Darren McFadden had 993 yards rushing and 1,227 all-purpose yards through eight games.

D.J. Williams hauled in his first of six catches on the day in the first quarter, a 16-yard catch for a first down.

D.J. Williams made two catches of 40 yards or more. It is the first time he has posted multiple catches of 40-plus yards in his career.

D.J. Williams’ 129 yards receiving on the day match his career high. He also had 129 on 10 catches last week against Ole Miss. It was his third 100-yard receiving game and his second consecutive game with 100.

Jarius Wright’s 34-yard catch in the first quarter was a season and career long and accounted for Arkansas’ first first down of the game on a third-and-six play. He ended the game with career highs in both catches (5) and yards (112).

D.J. Williams and Jarius Wright each had 100-yard receiving days. They are the first Razorback tandem to do so in a game since Anthony Eubanks (4-142-1) and Anthony Lucas (6-137-1) against LSU on Nov. 28, 1997. That is the same game in which Clint Stoerner set the school record for passing yards in a game with 387.

Jeremy Davis booted two punts over 50 yards in the game. It is the fifth game this season in which he has had a punt of 50 yards and gives him 10 50-yard punts this season. Prior to 2008 Davis had eight punts of 50 yards or more.

Joe Adams made his first catch of the game in the first quarter. He has had a catch in every game this season and of his career.

Andrew Davie has five catches on the season and his first catch on Saturday was his second touchdown of the year. His 13-yard TD catch matched his season long.

Alex Tejada’s 30-yard field goal in the first quarter was his first converted field goal of the season. He is now 3-6 this season on field goal attempts. He connected on two 22-yard field goals in the second quarter.

Jerry Franklin had his second fumble recovery of the season on Ramon Broadway’s first forced fumble in the second quarter.

Jerry Franklin intercepted his second pass of the season in the third quarter to halt Tulsa’s first drive of the half inside the 10-yard line.

Isaac Madison intercepted his first pass of the season and career, returning it 26 yards in the fourth quarter.

Dennis Johnson’s 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was Arkansas’ first kickoff return for a score this season and Arkansas’ first since Felix Jones returned a kick 82 yards against Kentucky in 2007.

Game Notes

Arkansas captains were Casey Dick, Elston Forte, Jamar Love, Jonathan Luigs and Malcolm Sheppard.

Arkansas’ 17-point lead against Tulsa in the first quarter was the Golden Hurricane’s largest deficit of the season.

Today’s attendance of 70,021 is the fourth-largest attendance at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium this season and the 24th-largest in the facility’s history.

Tulsa Post-Game Notes vs. Arkansas

•Tulsa game captains were David Johnson and Moton Hopkins.

•Moton Hopkins started his 32nd consecutive game at defensive end, and offensive guard Justin Morsey started his 33rd straight contest.

•This is just the third game this season that the opposition has scored first. The other two were also touchdowns by UTEP and UAB.

•Tulsa’s first completion of the game was to tight end Jake Collums. It is the first time since the second game of the season against North Texas that a tight end has caught a pass. It was Collums that caught the pass in that game as well.

•When Arkansas took a 17-0 lead in the first quarter, it was the biggest deficit of the season for the Hurricane. The previous largest deficit was 11 points when Tulsa trailed SMU 14-3 in the second quarter in Dallas.

•Tulsa’s first score of the game came at the 0:47 mark of the first quarter, which is the longest this year that it took the Hurricane to score. The previous was 3:34 of the first quarter against SMU when Tulsa scored on a Jarod Tracy field goal.

•Damaris Johnson had an 81-yard kickoff return, making it the third straight game that he has returned a kickoff for 70 or more yards. He had a 94-yard TD return vs. UTEP and a 70-yarder last week against UCF.

•Tulsa trailed at halftime for the fourth time this season, including 22-21 at UAB, 17-13 at SMU and 19-14 vs. UCF last week.

•Tulsa has now scored 20+ points in the first half in seven of nine games this year. SMU and UCF are the only games in which Tulsa did not have at least 20 first-half points.

•Damaris Johnson had his third straight game of over 100 yards on kickoff returns, and his fourth of the season. He had 159 yards vs. UCA, 211 yards vs. UTEP and 134 yards vs. UCF.

•Tulsa trailed at the end of three quarters for only the second time this year. The other game was a 31-24 SMU lead on October 11th.

•Charles Clay went over 100-yards receiving for just the first time this season, but the fourth time in his two-year career. He finished with seven catches for 117 yards.

•Tulsa had scored in every quarter this year until the fourth quarter of today’s game, having its nation-leading streak stopped at 35 quarters with a score.

Tulsa generated more than 500 yards of total offense for the eighth time in nine games this season, finishing with 528 (184 rushing, 344 passing). TU has 17 games of over 500 yards in the last 23 contests, dating back to the 2007 season opener.



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