Going For It On Fourth Down

Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino isn't necessarily a fan of punting on fourth down.

The Razorbacks have gone for it on fourth down 17 times this season, more than any other Southeastern Conference team. The next closest team is Florida, with 12 fourth-down attempts.

Arkansas scored two of its three touchdowns in Saturday's 23-21 loss to Ole Miss on fourth-down plays.

Running back Michael Smith scored on a 13-yard run on a fourth-and-1 early in the second quarter, and wide receiver Lucas Miller caught an 8-yard touchdown pass on a fourth-and-7 with 4:28 remaining.

"That's another dimension that we bring to the game, is that ability to go (for it) on fourth down. We may not convert it every time, but we will try," Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams said. "I think that's the aggression that coach Petrino brings to the offense."

Arkansas has converted 8-of-17 fourth-down plays (47.1 percent).

Petrino said the reason he decides so often against punting is in part because of his aggressive philosophy and the team's tendency to be trailing late in games. The Razorbacks also lack a proven kicker who can make long field goals.

With four games remaining, Arkansas has attempted two fewer fourth-down plays than the team did in all of last season.

"A lot of times, yeah, you just want to make sure you stay on the field and go for it and try to convert ‘em," Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino said. "Sometimes we'll even talk prior to a series (and say), ‘We're in four-down territory right here.'"

Hurting Hogs

Arkansas was short-handed along the defensive line Tuesday. Defensive end Adrian Davis missed practice because of a sprained left knee, and fellow defensive end Antwain Robinson didn't take part in the first few periods open to the media because of an undisclosed reason.

Offensive tackle Ray Dominguez (ankle) was also a no-show during practice, though his status for Saturday's game against No. 19 Tulsa remains uncertain.

"He's trying to work himself back, so we're hopeful that we've got a lot of days left (before the game)," Arkansas offensive line coach Mike Summers said. "So we've got our fingers crossed."

Summers got some good news with the return of offensive guard DeMarcus Love (ankle) and offensive tackle Michael Aguirre (leg and ankle) to practice.

Cornerback Shedrick Johnson, who didn't dress out for the Ole Miss game, returned to practice. Meanwhile, fellow cornerback Jerell Norton (hamstring) made an appearance and was seen running on the sidelines during team drills.

On The Schedule

Tulsa coach Todd Graham made no secret this week that he'd prefer to schedule a series with Arkansas instead of just facing the Razorbacks once in awhile.

Graham said ideally he'd like to have Arkansas on his schedule every three years, with the Razorbacks occasionally being the road team.

Saturday will mark the 70th meeting between Tulsa and Arkansas, but it's the first time since 2003. The last 39 meetings have been played in the state of Arkansas.

"To me, a perfect rotating schedule would be we play Oklahoma one year, we play Oklahoma State the next year, we play Arkansas the next (year after that)," Graham said Monday. "And I'd just be happy with those guys rotating and doing a situation where we can get them to come here (to Tulsa).

"I know Oklahoma is something that we've got a great deal with them, where they come here once and we go there twice. I'd love to work something like that out with Arkansas."

Arkansas officials had no comment about the possibility of scheduling a series with Tulsa in the near future.

Available On Pay Per View

Arkansas announced Tuesday that Saturday's Homecoming game against Tulsa will be televised on pay-per-view for $34.99. The game is available on cable systems in Arkansas and Oklahoma and to those dish owners who subscribe to DirecTV or Dish Network in the two states.

Off Limits

Arkansas backup tight end Ben Cleveland and walk-on wide receiver Andrew Norman know Tulsa co-offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn better than most Razorbacks.

But good luck trying to get either Cleveland or Norman to talk about Malzahn, who coached them at Springdale High and then for one season as Arkansas' offensive coordinator in 2006.

Arkansas has placed Cleveland and Norman off-limits this week, preventing reporters from speaking with them about Malzahn's return.

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