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DATE & TIME: Saturday, Nov. 3, 12:21 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium (72,000) -- Fayetteville, Arkansas. Television: SEC Network. Home Record: Tulsa 5-0, Arkansas 2-3. Away Record: Tulsa 2-1, Arkansas 1-2. Neutral Record: Tulsa 0-0, Arkansas 0-0. Conference Record: Tulsa 5-0, Arkansas 2-3. Series Record: Arkansas leads, 53-15-3.
GAME NOTES: The Tulsa Golden Hurricane will step away from their Conference USA schedule to face the Arkansas Razorbacks of the SEC this Saturday in Fayetteville.
Tulsa is 7-1 overall and 5-0 in conference, to lead C-USA's West Division. The Golden Hurricane are coming off a bye, as they earned a 28-24 win over Rice in their latest outing. They have won seven in a row since a season-opening loss at Iowa State.
Arkansas has won at an 80 percent clip at home since the beginning of the 2009 season, and this weekend's tilt is Homecoming. However, the Razorbacks saw their modest two-game win streak snapped in last week's 30-27 home loss to Ole Miss. Saturday's tilt will conclude their three-game homestand.
Arkansas holds a commanding 53-15-3 edge in the all-time series, as Tulsa's last win over the Razorbacks came back in 1976.
Tulsa is posting a healthy 39.5 points per game while ranking ninth in the country in rushing offense (248.8 ypg). The team has gained at least 200 yards rushing in six of eight games this season. Running backs Ja'Terian Douglas (87.8 ypg), Trey Watts (72.4 ypg) and Alex Singleton (61.9 ypg) have combined to carry the load. Singleton is third in the nation with 15 rushing touchdowns on the season, and his 34 career rushing TDs stands as a school record. He scored twice against Rice, including the game-winner with 1:31 remaining. That late TD was set up by a 75-yard run by Douglas, who finished with 169 yards on the ground. Sophomore Kalen Henderson made his first career start at quarterback in place of Cody Green (shoulder), the Nebraska transfer with a 10-1 career record as the starting signal-caller. Henderson made some plays but completed only 8-of-23 passes for 201 yards and a touchdown. Green is considered questionable for this weekend's tilt.
Tulsa's defense leads the nation with 35 sacks (4.4 per game) and ranks second with 75 tackles per loss (9.4 per game). With three more sacks, the Golden Hurricane will tie the single-season school record, which was set in 2008. In addition to generating QB pressure, Tulsa has been rock-solid against the run, holding opponents to 121.1 yards per game (21st in the nation) and just 3.0 yards per carry. The team has held three opponents to less than 35 yards rushing this season. Senior linebacker DeAundre Brown paces the unit with 82 tackles, including 58 solo. His average of 7.25 solo stops per game is currently tops in the nation. Brown also ranks ninth in the nation with eight sacks and is 16th with 13 tackles for loss.
Tulsa's defense will face a stiff test against Arkansas' offense, which paces the SEC and ranks 17th nationally with an average of 309.6 passing yards per game. Arkansas is the only SEC team and one of 16 in the country to pass for 400 yards in multiple games this season. It all starts with quarterback Tyler Wilson, who holds 26 school records, including career completion percentage (.619). Wilson leads the SEC with four 350-yard passing games this season. But the Razorbacks are not just a one-trick pony. They have also rushed for more than 100 yards in four straight games and are averaging 146.5 rushing yards per game over that stretch.
The defense has been a whole different story for the Razorbacks, as they rank 12th in the SEC in both points allowed (30.9 ppg) and yards allowed (424.6 ypg). Against Ole Miss, Arkansas evened the score at 27-27 with two minutes to play in regulation behind the legs of Dennis Johnson, who finished with 161 yards on the ground. However, the defense allowed Ole Miss to engineer an eight-play, 61-yard drive in those final two minutes, setting up a game- winning field goal from 31 yards out as time expired. The Rebels were held to 77 rushing yards on 37 carries as a team, but they made up for that in the passing game as Bo Wallace picked apart the Arkansas secondary for 278 passing yards on 29-of-37 accuracy.
Arkansas has won six Homecoming games in a row, including a 44-28 victory over 10th-ranked South Carolina last season. In order to extend that streak, the Razorbacks must find a way to bottle up Tulsa's potent running game.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Arkansas 26, Tulsa 17
10/31 10:42:05 ET
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