ARKANSAS IS UPSET
September 9, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
Final Score: Louisiana-Monroe 34, (8) Arkansas 31 (OT)
Little Rock, AR (Sports Network) - On the game's final play, Louisiana-Monroe quarterback Kolton Browning scampered for a 16-yard touchdown run on 4th-and-1 to give the Warhawks the upset victory over No. 8 Arkansas, 34-31, in overtime at War Memorial Stadium.
Browning was sensational, orchestrating offensive possessions that led to 21 unanswered points to tie the game at 28 and send it to overtime. The junior quarterback completed 42 of his 68 attempted passes, throwing for three touchdowns and 412 yards for the Warhawks (1-0).
The Razorbacks (1-1) were decimated by injuries over the course of the game.
Starting quarterback Tyler Wilson threw for two touchdowns and 191 yards in the early going, but sustained an injury above his shoulders late in the second quarter and did not return.
Starting cornerback Tevin Mitchel and starting full back Kody Walker were both carted off the field within plays of each other in the fourth quarter. Mitchel sustained an injury above his shoulders as well, but was verbally responsive. Walker appeared to suffer a left leg injury.
The Razorbacks squandered a 28-7 lead, as backup quarterback Brandon Allen failed to orchestrate cohesion offensively after throwing a touchdown pass on the Razorbacks' first drive of the second half. He finished 6-of-20 for 85 yards and a touchdown with one interception.
On the game's first possession, Wilson was intercepted by Vincent Eddie inside Louisiana-Monroe territory. Browning led the Warhawks down the field, connecting with Centarius Donald on four-yard touchdown strike to give Louisiana-Monroe a 7-0 lead.
The Razorbacks would fire back and score the next 28 points. Wilson hooked up with Julian Horton for a 20-yard touchdown completion to tie the game at seven. On their first possession of the second quarter, Wilson completed four straight passes, connecting with Chris Gragg on three of them. Three plays later, Wilson threw a 39-yard touchdown strike to Cobi Hamilton to give Arkansas the lead.
With under five minutes to play in the half, Wilson launched a 61-yard bomb to Mekale McKay from Arkansas' own 17-yard line. After back-to-back defensive pass interference and offside calls, Knile Davis rushed for a three-yard touchdown run to give the Razorbacks a 21-7 lead.
The Warhawks matriculated the ball down the field with just under two and a half minutes to play in the second, bringing the ball down to the Arkansas two-yard line with 18 seconds to go. But the Warhawks turned the ball over on downs when Browning's pass to Tavarese Maye fell incomplete.