Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks Upset No. 8 Arkansas for Defining Win

Alan BlackAnalyst IIIMarch 21, 2017

Sep 8, 2012; Little Rock, AR, USA; Louisiana Monroe Warhawks quarterback Kolton Browning (15) at the line in the first quarter against the Arkansas Razorbacks at War Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE
Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

The Lousiana-Monroe Warhawks have never had a season in which they finished above .500.  The perennial bottom dwellers of the Sun Belt Conference had never had much to really cheer about.

Until today, that is.

The Warhawks went into Little Rock and pulled off what may very well be one of the greatest upsets in the history of college football, defeating the eighth-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks in overtime, 34-31.

UL-Monroe QB Kolton Browning put forth a Herculean effort in accounting for nearly 500 yards of offense and four touchdowns, while throwing only one interception.  Browning gave the Arkansas defense trouble all night long, both with his arm and with his legs.

The Warhawks got on the scoreboard first on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Browning to Centarius Donald less than six minutes into the game.  However, Arkansas appeared to right the ship as they then rattled off 28 straight points and appeared to have the game in the bag midway through the third quarter.

The upstart Warhawks would not go away that easily, scoring three straight touchdowns that included a 23-yard pass from Browning to Brent Leonard with less than a minute left, sending the game into overtime.

In the extra quarter, the Warhawks forced the Razorbacks to settle for a field goal, setting themselves up with the opportunity to pull off the upset.  After finding themselves in a fourth-and-1, ULM coach Todd Berry decided to take a gamble and go for it. 

Browning rolled out to his left on a play-action, only to find himself greeted by a wall of Arkansas defenders.  Looking back to his right, Browning saw the field wide open.  He sprinted up the field and towards the sideline, diving across the goal line to give ULM a program-defining victory.

As Arkansas fans stood in stunned silence, the ULM sideline erupted in jubilant excitement, realizing they had just achieved the greatest victory in program history and one of the greatest upsets of all time.