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Updated: Louisiana-Monroe upsets Arkansas in overtime

Kolton Browning, Chris Smith AP

Welp, the John L. Smith era was fun while it lasted because it’s very, very doubtful at this point that his 10-month contract will be renewed.

Sun Belt member Louisiana-Monroe didn’t just go toe-to-toe with No. 8 Arkansas, and it didn’t just take the Razorbacks to overtime. ULM actually won 34-31 on a 16-yard touchdown run by quarterback Kolton Browning.

It’s about as big of a shock as the young 2012 season has given the college football world.

Arkansas’ BCS championship hopes? Gone. SEC West hopes? Still alive obviously, but it’s tough to think of the Razorbacks as a serious divisional contender now. It didn’t help — that’s putting it mildly — that quarterback Tyler Wilson had to leave the game with what appeared to be a shoulder injury (CBS Sports Network initially reported a broken collarbone, but that’s been retracted). Additionally, cornerback  Tevin Mitchel was taken from the field on a stretcher after a helmet-to-helmet collision with teammate Alonzo Highsmith in the fourth quarter.

But Arkansas allowed ULM to hang around long before its playmakers had to leave the game. The Warhawks threw for over 400 yards against UA’s defense and controlled the time of possession by a roughly 2-to-1 ratio.

It was about as disastrous a scenario as you can imagine for Arkansas. Just an absolute stunning game.

To top it off, the Razorbacks have top-ranked Alabama at home next week on CBS. You know Nick Saban won’t be underestimating the Hogs (or, just don’t write that he will), but you have to wonder if Arkansas was underestimating ULM looking ahead to that very game against the Tide.

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18 Responses to “Updated: Louisiana-Monroe upsets Arkansas in overtime”
  1. bouwel92 says: Sep 8, 2012 11:21 PM

    So proud of my warhawks, they played one hell of a game and earned that “W”.

  2. timh1955 says: Sep 8, 2012 11:26 PM

    It was a good game.

  3. stonedwhitetrash says: Sep 8, 2012 11:29 PM

    The Bible Thumpers fired a head coach that may have been on the way to a National Championship

  4. taintedlombardis says: Sep 8, 2012 11:34 PM

    what an embarrassment…SEC got way too much love (as is par for the course) in the preseason rankings. SC, GA, and Arkansas all look like duds for top ten teams. SEC usually only has one or two awesome teams, the rest are always very beatable.

    lol @ SEC speed lol

    better start paying some more players to get that sunbelt speed. Maybe reverend Newton has another son?

  5. rickrock6661982 says: Sep 8, 2012 11:39 PM

    SEC! SEC! SEC!

    #1 with a bullet, BABY!!

  6. jhorton83 says: Sep 8, 2012 11:41 PM

    Well, that’s not surprising. His Michigan St. teams always underachieved. And he seemed like an emergency replacement after Petrino’s stupidity necessitated his firing. He’s a glorified interim coach.

  7. Legion Of Boom says: Sep 8, 2012 11:43 PM

    Have to agree how overblown the SEC looks now. Apperantly any schmuck from the Big TXII can come in and compete well. But a Sun Belt ULM, really? Still believe that LSU and Bama belong at the top nationally. But the notion that the Conference is top to bottom better than any other conference, is laughable.

  8. queenlivekillers says: Sep 8, 2012 11:45 PM

    Wow. I thought Colorado losing to Sacramento State was the upset of the day.

  9. frug says: Sep 9, 2012 12:02 AM

    @queenlivekillers

    Even worse for Colorado is that Colorado St. (who beat the Buffaloes last week) also lost to an FCS team (North Dakota St.) today.

  10. manchestermiracle says: Sep 9, 2012 12:21 AM

    Looks like being ranked #8 is the jinx this year.

  11. gamustangdude says: Sep 9, 2012 12:26 AM

    Sorry to disappoint you football illiterate commenters above, SEC is the best conference for the simple fact that there’s not a single conference jot there that can match them top to bottom. Point out 1 conference that has a team legit enough to beat Bama, then a different team to face LSU, a different team to face UGA, a different team to compete with South Carolina and so on and so on. There isn’t.

  12. jarvis34 says: Sep 9, 2012 12:55 AM

    No, “Bible Thumpers” did not fire the head coach, the head coach fired himself. His mistake was not having “relations” with the girl…..his mistake was HIRING the girl who had qualifications much less than over a hundred other applicants, and thus; putting the university in a position to be sued in accordance with the equal opportunity act…..in other words, the ‘Bible thumpers” were perfectly fine with him fooking a 20 something, but he crossed the line with hiring her and putting the university a litigious position.

    stonedwhitetrash says: Sep 8, 2012 11:29 PM

    The Bible Thumpers fired a head coach that may have been on the way to a National Championship

  13. mstiger1 says: Sep 9, 2012 12:58 AM

    Hey Tainted, what’s wrong with SC and Georgia? Looks like Michigan and USC to name a couple are the over rated teams to me. Put any Conference against the SEC top to bottom and they will get crushed. Mississippi State and Ole Miss looked pretty strong today. They might beat some of the best of your “Pansie” Conferences.

  14. jhorton83 says: Sep 9, 2012 1:07 AM

    No, “Bible Thumpers” did not fire the head coach, the head coach fired himself. His mistake was not having “relations” with the girl…..his mistake was HIRING the girl who had qualifications much less than over a hundred other applicants, and thus; putting the university in a position to be sued in accordance with the equal opportunity act…..in other words, the ‘Bible thumpers” were perfectly fine with him fooking a 20 something, but he crossed the line with hiring her and putting the university a litigious position.

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    Exactly. I hate “bible thumpers”, but they had nothing to do with this. Hiring his mistress and paying her a ridiculous bonus for a position that she was clearly unqualified for is what led to his firing. Not to mention the fact that he lied about the accident. Petrino’s behavior and gross misconduct would get anyone fired from any profession.

  15. barbeaux says: Sep 9, 2012 1:59 AM

    Lol ulm beat Bama in 2007. Just because one team loses to a non conference foe doesn’t mean the conference is bad. We won’t know which conference is the best til the season is over. In prior years it’s always been the sec no matter how one dices it up rationally.

  16. cometkazie says: Sep 9, 2012 9:02 AM

    Awwwwwwww w w w w . . . .

    I have trouble feeling sorry for the Pigs.

    They flat got beat.

    As did Auburn.

  17. manchestermiracle says: Sep 9, 2012 9:32 AM

    No better proof than the #8 team going down hard two weeks in a row to show just how biased and inaccurate polls really are. How in the world do you get ranked #8 and then lose (at home no less!) to an FCS school? Oh, sorry, I forgot the ranking was given to another “unbeatable” SEC squad.

    And now Alabama gets to feast on the remains of a mauled Razorback carcass. Can’t wait to hear how dominant the Tide is after they kick a hog after it’s down. Won’t this mess with their strength-of-schedule ranking? Oh, wait, never mind. The SEC makes sure to schedule Div. II creampuffs every year and it never seems to affect their SOS ranking or how much people slather over their inherent superiority. Except when the Div. II patsy rises up and slays the (wildly overrated) dragon. See the formerly top-10 team known as Arkansas.

  18. steelers6pack says: Sep 9, 2012 10:01 AM

    SEC EXPOSED! U.L.Monroe will be banned from playing any SEC team starting next season! THE SEC DISGUST ME!

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