NCAAF Game Recap - Tulsa at Arkansas
Sat Oct 20, 2018 12:00 PM EDT

Ala
58
Tenn
21
F
OHSt
20
Purd
49
F
NCSt
7
Clem
41
F
MisSt
3
LSU
19
F
Mich
21
MSU
7
F
Okla
52
TCU
27
F
UCF
37
ECU
10
F
Oreg
20
WaSt
34
F
Vand
7
KY
14
F
Colo
13
Wash
27
F
PSU
33
Ind
28
F
MD
0
Iowa
23
F
Cin
17
Temp
24
F OT
UConn
30
SoFL
38
F
Ill
20
Wisc
49
F
GASt
35
ArkSt
51
F
Stan
20
AzSt
13
F
ColSt
28
Boise
56
F
AF
41
UNLV
35
F
Aub
31
Miss
16
F
Tuls
0
Ark
23
F
Buff
31
Toled
17
F
NW
18
Rut
15
F
MiaOH
30
Army
31
F(1OT)
UNC
37
Syr
40
F(1OT)
UVA
28
Duke
14
F
BGSU
14
Ohio
49
F
IdSt
41
Lib
48
F
UtSt
24
Wyo
16
F
FlAtl
7
Marsh
31
F
Char
13
MidTN
21
F
WestMI
35
C Mi
10
F
E Mi
42
Ball
20
F
ULLaf
17
App
27
F
SMU
27
Tul
23
F
Kans
16
TxTch
48
F
Minn
28
Neb
53
F
UTEP
24
LaTec
31
F
Hou
49
Navy
36
F
CoCar
24
UMass
13
F
Akr
24
Kent
23
F OT
Wake
17
FlaSt
38
F
Cal
49
OreSt
7
F
Mem
33
Mizzu
65
F
GaSo
48
NMSt
31
F
TxSt
14
ULMon
20
F
UTSA
17
SMiss
27
F
Fres
38
NM
7
F
OD
37
W Ky
34
F
NorTx
21
UAB
29
F
Rice
17
FLInt
36
F
USC
28
Utah
41
F
SJSU
13
SDSU
16
F
Ariz
30
UCLA
31
F
Nev
40
Hawaii
22
F

Arkansas 23, Tulsa 0

Oct 20, 2018, 12:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Tulsa (1-6)

0

0

0

0

0

Arkansas (2-6)

0

10

10

3

23

Noland, defense help Arkansas shut out Tulsa, 23-0
Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:56 PM

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) When Arkansas freshman quarterback Connor Noland trotted off the field after throwing an interception on the first drive, Razorbacks coach Chad Morris didn't have to say much to make sure his first-time starter stayed confident.

This was the moment kids across Arkansas (2-6) dream of, especially ones like Noland - an Arkansas native and fan his entire life.

Morris stuck with his quarterback, and the move paid off in a 23-0 victory over Tulsa on Saturday.

"I just kind of patted him on the head and said, `Hey, hang in there. It'll be all right."' Morris said. "If you play football long enough, you're going to have some things that go against you. It's really just about the response."

Aside from that negative play, there were a lot of positives to choose from with Noland. He went 10-of-16 passing for 124 yards and scored his first career touchdown.

On the scoring play, which came late in the first half, Noland found sophomore Grayson Gunter from 7 yards out after the rushing attack, led by sophomore Rakeem Boyd, opened up the play-action passing game.

"I tried not to (think about the situation)," Noland said. "You grow up watching the Hogs play, and to be out there and get my first start meant a lot to me. It was a big moment, but I just tried to downplay that a little bit and focus on the game."

The start marked Noland's first in-game action since the North Texas game Sept. 15, a day that could be considered Arkansas' lowest point in the season. In that game, the freshman was inserted late when the Mean Green already had an insurmountable lead and he didn't get a chance to compete with meaningful snaps. Against Tulsa, the Razorbacks' defense stepped up and gave the program its first shutout since 2014.

"When you get the ball on the 40-yard line a couple times, that definitely helps," Noland said.

Boyd nearly eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark for the third-straight game, but he finished just shy with 99 yards on 22 carries. Freshman Maleek Williams picked up his biggest workload of the season, carrying the ball nine times for 23 yards and a score.

On the other side, Tulsa's (1-6) offense had abysmal numbers in the second half until freshman quarterback Seth Boomer completed a 65-yard strike to sophomore receiver Keylon Strokes on the team's final drive. The scrambler was 8-of-25 passing through the air for 127 yards and a pick.

"I didn't see our guys give up. that's not in our DNA," Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery said. "The only way he's gonna get better is if he continues to go through some of the things he's going through right now."

For Arkansas, the victory - which was the program's 19th straight over Tulsa - ended a six-game losing skid that began after the season-opening victory over Eastern Illinois on Sept. 1.

"We're going to continue to fight, and we're going to continue to put one foot in front of the other," Morris said. "Everyone is staying positive. We knew that something was gonna happen our way if we continued to get back up, and these guys did it."

THE TAKEAWAY

Although Arkansas' offense didn't put up the 476 yards it did against Ole Miss with Storey at the helm, Noland showed his ability to lead a Southeastern Conference offense. The dual-threat gunslinger also made his presence felt in the ground game, carrying the ball five times for 20 yards. It marked the first time a true freshman quarterback started a game for the Razorbacks since Mitch Mustain did so against Utah State on Sept. 9, 2006.

THIRD-QUARTER WOES

After putting up a respectable 145 yards in the first half, the Golden Hurricanes fell apart after coming out of the locker room for the third quarter. They managed only 12 yards on 18 total plays in the third-good for a negative average. Prior to the shutout, Tulsa was averaging 24.3 points per game.

LIMPERT'S STRONG SEASON

Razorback junior kicker Connor Limpert was 3-for-3 on field goals, and he's now made 15 of 18 attempts for the season. The Texas native hasn't missed a kick 30 yards or fewer all year.

UP NEXT

Arkansas hosts SEC East opponent Vanderbilt next on Saturday.

The Golden Hurricanes will play Tulane on Saturday.

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Passing

Tuls Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
S. Boomer 25 8 32.0 0 127 65 1 33.3
Ark Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
C. Noland 16 10 62.5 1 124 30 1 81.3
C. Kelley 3 1 33.3 0 7 7 0 42.4

Rushing

Tuls Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
S. Brooks 20 91 4.5 13 0
C. Taylor II 7 54 7.7 19 0
Ark Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
R. Boyd 22 99 4.5 17 0
C. Hayden 9 43 4.8 10 0

Receiving

Tuls Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
K. Stokes 3 74 24.7 65 0
C. Taylor II 1 32 32.0 32 0
Ark Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. O'Grady 2 35 17.5 20 0
L. Pettway 1 30 30.0 30 0

Fumbles

Tuls F FL
S. Boomer 1 1
Ark F FL
R. Boyd 2 1

Returning

Tuls KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
S. Crawford Jr. 3 7.0 0 16 0 - 0 0
Ark KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Stewart 0 - 0 0 2 14.5 0 29

Punting

Tuls Punt Yds Avg LgPu
T. Bennett 6 245 40.8 47
Ark Punt Yds Avg LgPu
R. Bauer 4 139 34.8 41

Takeaways

Tuls Int Yds InTD
M. Whitfield 1 18 0
C. Edmiston 0 0 0
Ark Int Yds InTD
R. Pulley 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Tuls Ark
Points For 0 23
Total Yards 260 327
Rushing Yards 133 196
Passing Yards 127 131
Passing Completions / Attempts 8/25 11/19
Turnovers 2 2
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 2/1 3/1
First Downs 15 20
Penalties - Yards 4/43 3/40
Time Of Possession 34:34 26:26
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 4/15 6/15
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/2 0/0
Punts - Average Yards 6/41 4/35

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Tuls Ark
No scores this quarter
2nd Quarter Tuls Ark
Ark 0:46 FG Connor Limpert 33 yd FG 0 3
Ark 13:35 TD Grayson Gunter 7 yd pass from Connor Noland (Connor Limpert kick) 0 10
3rd Quarter Tuls Ark
Ark 5:53 FG Connor Limpert 35 yd FG 0 13
Ark 9:22 TD Maleek Williams 4 yd run (Connor Limpert kick) 0 20
4th Quarter Tuls Ark
Ark 13:40 FG Connor Limpert 24 yd FG 0 23

Game Information

Stadium: Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Attendance: 56,691
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