Louisiana-Monroe Shocks No. 8 Arkansas with 34-31 OT Win

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistSeptember 8, 2012

The Wisconsin Badgers were the first top-15 squad to fall in Week 2 of college football, but the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks ensured that they wouldn't be the last with their stunning, 34-31 overtime victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks Saturday evening.

Quarterback Kolton Browning gave his team the momentous victory with his 16-yard, game-winning scramble in overtime.

If Wisconsin's loss shocked you, the Razorbacks' defeat should have put your jaw firmly on the ground below you. The Razorbacks entered the game ranked No. 8 and a firm choice as the SEC's third-best squad.

The Warhawks hail from the Sun Belt—that alone made them underdogs by a sizable margin entering the contest.

This game began to have an eerie feel to it in the second quarter when Razorbacks quarterback Tyler Wilson left the game with a concussion.

Wilson was 11-of-20 for 196 yards and two touchdowns before leaving the game, and his value to the Hogs is undeniable. Backup signal-caller Brandon Allen was just 6-of-20 in his stead, and with Wilson on the mend, the Warhawks took advantage.

Kolton Browning led his team on three straight scoring drives in the second half, eventually knotting the game at 28 points apiece. At the end of regulation, he had 412 yards and three touchdowns on 68 pass attempts. He finished with 76 yards and the game-winning touchdown on the ground.

The Razorbacks offense sputtered with Wilson on the sideline. Knile Davis had 62 yards and a touchdown, Allen's inability to throw the ball downfield killed all Arkansas momentum.

Arakansas' defense was a problem for the entire game, regardless of Wilson's presence. They gave up 532 total yards and the Razorbacks lost the time-of-possession battle by almost 19 minutes.

This doesn't bode well for Arkansas. Next week's contest comes against Alabama's daunting defense, and Wilson's status is uncertain at this point.

The Warhawks' victory was their first win over a ranked opponent since joining the Football Bowl Subdivision in 1994, according to The Associated Press (via SI.com).

Saturday was an insane day on the collegiate gridiron, but Browning's performance may have trumped them all.