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September 26, 2010Game Ticker | box score
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - One week after allowing 65 points and 722 yards to Oklahoma State, Tulsa's maligned defense limited Central Arkansas to 319 yards in a 41-14 victory Saturday.
"I'm really pleased with how our guys played defensively," said Tulsa head coach Todd Graham. "I thought they really stepped up. Some of the guys that play up front -- Tyrunn Walker and Odrick Ray -- were really standouts for us. I'm really pleased with the overall effort.
"It was good to get a win. I'm really proud of our guys. I feel like we came out and dominated a team that we should dominate."
"Alex Singleton is a guy that stood out to me tonight," said Graham. "He really played hard and did some great things. It was exactly what we needed to come out and get a win going into conference play."
Kevin Fitzpatrick added two field goals and the defense forced two turnovers that were converted into touchdowns.
Central Arkansas (3-1) lost quarterback Nathan Dick to a shoulder injury late in the second quarter. Dick completed 8 of 14 passes for 83 yards. Backup Wynrick Smothers was 7 of 18 for 100 yards with one interception.
The Bears also lost leading tackler Frank Newsome to a concussion.
"We lost our starting quarterback in the first half, and that hurt our continuity," said UCA coach Clint Conque. "We lost about seven starters in this game, and some of them are the type of injuries where they won't be back anytime soon. We'll know more later in the week.
"It's a violent game and we're a young team. We talked about the physical immaturity all year, and it showed out there. Tulsa was just too much for us tonight."
Tulsa has allowed an average of 630 yards and 58 points in two road losses and 311 yards and 17 points in two home victories, albeit against lesser competition.