Tulsa's Quick Turnaround

Tulsa coach Todd Graham never went home after Sunday night's 49-19 win over Central Florida. Instead, he started watching film on Arkansas.

Tulsa co-offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn stayed at the office until around 2 a.m., left to get a few hours of sleep and then was back at work by 6:45 a.m. Monday.

While Tulsa's players had Monday off as usual, their coaches tried do whatever they could to prepare for Arkansas during a shortened week.

"We'll have a different approach this week and make sure our guys can heal up the bumps and bruises," Graham said Monday morning. "And really the only one it inconveniences is our coaches.

"It inconveniences us quite a bit, but we also have a routine. We're basically just a day behind and right now we're probably about less than a day behind."

Arkansas' coaches got a one-day headstart on Graham and his staff when it came to preparing for this weekend's game in Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

While the Razorbacks hosted Ole Miss on Saturday, the Golden Hurricane had to wait until 7:18 p.m. Sunday to play a nationally televised game against UCF.

Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said his staff took advantage of the time. The defensive coaches watched Tulsa's win on television Sunday night.

"We had the defensive coaches watch the entire game on TV just to get an understanding of the tempo and substitutions and the fast pace that they work at," Petrino said. "Offense, we watched some of it and then we went back to video. So it was kind of split up a little bit."

But Tulsa, which leads the nation in scoring (55.6 points) and total offense (601.1 yards) and is fifth in passing yards (346), has been playing catch-up the past 24 hours.

"It's a short week, so we've got to go to work," Malzahn said.



Cutting Back

Arkansas running back Michael Smith, who was questionable for last Saturday's game because of a concussion, finished with 19 carries in the loss.

The workload is about what Petrino expects for the junior, who was coming off two straight 35-carry games.

"We've like him to carry the ball around 20 times," Petrino said. "That's a good number for him. ... And we've got to get somebody else involved."

Smith felt tentative early in the game, but picked up steam as the night went on. Smith, who leads the Southeastern Conference in rushing (131.4) and is sixth in the nation, believes he'll be ready for any amount of work.

"As many times as he calls my number," Smith said. "I'm not going to turn around when he gives the play and say, ‘No. Let's not run that.' If he calls it 35 times, we'll go 35 times."



Still Silent

Petrino was asked one more time for his opinion of the offensive pass interference penalty on receiver London Crawford last Monday. But once again, the Arkansas coach opted to hold his tongue to avoid a potential fine.

"You're trying to get me in trouble," Petrino said. "Sometimes in life you can't say what you want to say. I think I'm right there right now."

The Razorbacks did send the play in to be reviewed by the SEC. It's something Arkansas does every week.



Senior Day

The Razorbacks will celebrate both Homecoming and Senior Day against the Golden Hurricane.

Petrino said playing for the senior class — which includes starters like Jonathan Luigs, Casey Dick and Dallas Washington — will be emphasized all week.

"This is our seniors' last game in the stadium," Petrino said. "So certainly we expect everybody, coaches, players, seniors, everyone to do everything we can to make sure we send them out as winners in this stadium."

Petrino has credited the seniors for keeping the Razorbacks together during the difficult season. He said the final game in Fayetteville will be an emotional day for them, but hopes they'll be rewarded.

"I've always grown up in Arkansas, wanted to play here growing up, and the last time running out of the ‘A', it's going to be emotional for me," punter Jeremy Davis said. "I just want to get a win the last time I go out."



Extra Points

• The Razorbacks have injury problems this week, but one player who should return is cornerback Jamar Love. The senior, who practiced last week, has missed the past three games after breaking his thumb against Florida.

• The Arkansas-South Carolina game on Nov. 8 has been slated for a 6 p.m. kickoff. The game wasn't picked up by network television, but pay-per-view is likely.

• Saturday's game will be the 70th meeting between Arkansas and Tulsa. The Razorbacks have won 16 straight in the series, including a 45-13 win in the 2003 opener.

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