Louisiana-Monroe took down No. 8 Arkansas on the road in a shocking 34-31 defeat that has stunned the college football world.
After converting a 4th-and-long to force Arkansas into overtime and then scoring a touchdown on a 4th-and-1 OT scramble, the Warhawks have kicked off their season with a bang.
Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson exited the game early on with a head injury, opening the door for UL-Monroe's unprecedented win. This is a win that nobody saw coming and Twitter has erupted as a result.
Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News sheds some light on just how big of an upset Vegas views this defeat.
Arkansas was a 30.5-point favorite.— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) September 9, 2012
With over 400 yards through the air, three touchdowns and key fourth-down conversions that made this upset possible, QB Kolton Browning is undoubtedly the player of the game. Rivals brings us the complete stat line.
While Faux John Madden's national championship projection for UL-Monroe may be overshooting their ceiling this season, getting such a quality victory under their belts early on in the season will do wonders for their confidence.
That Louisiana-Monroe-Alabama National Championship game is going to be a doozy this year.— Faux John Madden (@FauxJohnMadden) September 9, 2012
ESPN's college football Twitter shows just how bad ULM lit up Arkansas. With such an incredible offensive showing, it's hard to imagine any defense will be sleeping on the Warhawks this season.
CBS 42 producer B.J. Millican tweeted out an embarrassing picture of a Razorback website that got caught counting their chickens before they hatched.
Louisiana-Monroe was able to notch one of the biggest wins in the history of their program tonight. As ESPN's Darren Rovell tweeted, they were paid $500k to do so. Talk about having your cake and eating it too.
Payday losses: Penn State paid Ohio $850K, Arkansas paid UL-Monroe $500K and Pitt paid Youngstown State $400K.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) September 9, 2012
Jon Solomon of the Birmingham News points out that while Arkansas was fed a humiliating loss, they weren't the only SEC team to have a tough break. While the SEC is still a college football powerhouse, it doesn't look nearly as deep as it did going in.
In addition to Arkansas losing, Vandy falls to Northwestern. So when we hear of how deep SEC always is, remember today.— Jon Solomon (@jonsol) September 9, 2012
And it wasn't just the SEC having trouble. As ESPN Stats & Info tweeted, Nebraska also fell victim to an upset today, though losing to a Pac-12 team on the rise is considerably less embarrassing than losing to the Sun Belt's ULM.
Nebraska joins Arkansas and Wisconsin as ranked teams to lose Saturday ... UCLA beats 'Huskers for 1st time since 1988— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 9, 2012
It's been a tough run for Arkansas in the headlines, as they've drawn attention for all the wrong reasons since entering the national championship conversation late last season. Call The Hogs' Twitter page is obviously none too pleased.
This is not how I wanted Arkansas to be the top lead in story on SportsCenter.— CallTheHogs (@CallTheHogs) September 9, 2012
Clay Travis of Outkick the Coverage says what everyone else is thinking. While the integrity and reputation of the school would be compromised by the following unrealistic proposition, Arkansas' fanbase is undoubtedly missing competent coaching right now. While, technically, they could bring him back, the ethical firestorm that would ensue would be even more embarrassing than this loss.
Honest question, is there anything to keep Arkansas from rehiring Bobby Petrino tomorrow? This would be awesome.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravisBGID) September 9, 2012