HURRICANE DOWNGRADED TO TROPICAL STORM BY RAZORBACKS
11/1/2008 6:04 PM
How do you avoid a Hurricane? Ask the Arkansas Razorback Football team. Today the Hogs were the first team to weather Tulsa and knock the Hurricane out of the BCS bowl picture.
It was a beautiful day in the Ozarks with the leaves on the trees in full fall color, a perfect setting for a homecoming football game.
The Razorback offense started the game with a 9 play, 80 yard drive, in 4:18 scoring on a pass to Andrew Davie from Casey Dick for 13 yards for the first touchdown on its opening drive this year. Arkansas’ defense then showed why they would be the difference in the game. Tulsa went three and out on its first two possessions and were trailing 17-0 before they were able to put points on the scoreboard.
Casey Dick was the star today for the Razorbacks completing 25 of 38 pass attempts with 1 interception for 385 yards and 1 touchdown. He was also voted as the winner of the Crip Hall award that goes to the outstanding senior football player in the homecoming game.
Dick couldn’t do it all by himself. He leaned heavily on his young receiving corps mainly Jarius Wright who caught 5 passes for 112 yards. He also found tight end D.J. Williams for 6 passes for 129 yards. Arkansas had two receivers with over 100 yards receiving in a game for the first time since Danny Ford was the head coach and Clint Stoerner was the quarterback in 1997.
Arkansas and Tulsa struggled to put points on the board in the second half. Tulsa could only put up three points on a 22 yard field goal by Jarod Tracy with 5:02 to play in the third quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff true freshman Dennis Johnson received the kickoff at the Razorback 4 yard line, waited on his blocks, made a cut to the inside and then made a cut to the outside and stiff armed the kicker and turned on the afterburners and was in the end zone 96 yards later for his first kickoff return for a touchdown as a Razorback. The score by Johnson was also the last score in the game for either team and set the winning margin 30-23 Arkansas.
Arkansas has two road games left on its schedule at South Carolina and Mississippi State before the host the LSU Tigers at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock the day after Thanksgiving. Win two of those three and this team will be bowling. That would be something many fans would not have expected after the three straight losses to Alabama, Texas, and Florida respectfully.
Hang in there Hogs fans! It might be a wild ride until the end!