Article by and Photos by Mike Price
Fayetteville, Arkansas–Arkansas earned its second win of the season and its first shutout victory since 2014. Freshman QB Connor Noland got the start at but unfortunately his first drive ended with an interception that was returned 18 yards to the Arkansas 23. The Hogs’ defense held on Tulsa’s first possession when kicker Nathan Walker missed a 28 yard field goal. Walker would miss a second fg a couple of drives later from 42 yards.
Arkansas finally got on the board in the 2nd quarter with a 33 yard fg from Connor Limpert. The Hogs would tack on a touchdown before halftime with a Connor Noland pass to TE Grayson Gunter.
In the 3rd quarter, the 2 teams traded fumbles before Arkansas added another fg from Limpert, this time from 35 yards. Arkansas’ defense then held Tulsa to a quick 3 and out on the next possession. Noland hit WR LaMichael Pettway for a 30 yard gain and had the Hogs in business, first and goal from the 10. Two plays later, RB Maleek Williams scored from 4 yards out.
The only scoring in the 4th quarter came from another Limpert fg, this one from 24 yards. This drive ate up over 8 minutes of clock.
Backup QB Cole Kelley saw plenty of playing time coming in to run for first downs and to spell Noland after he was shaken up on a play.
Overall, the Hogs turned the ball over twice, a fumble and an interception. Tulsa matched the turnovers with their own fumble and interception. Arkansas finished with 327 yards, including 196 on the ground with sophomore RB Rakeem Boyd picking up 99 yards on 22 carries.
The Vanderbilt Commodores come to Fayetteville for Arkansas’ next game. This is an 11 am kickoff and is available on the SEC Network.