Arkansas Football: Winners and Losers from the Week 2 Game vs. La. Monroe
Louisiana-Monroe pulled off a shocker on Saturday defeating the Arkansas Razorbacks by a final score of 34-31 in overtime. The win is monumental for the Warhawks who are 4-34 against the SEC with the last win against the conference coming in 2007 when the team beat Alabama.
The upset sent ripples through the national college football polls leaving a list of losers and winners in its wake.
Losers: Arkansas Razorback Fans
The Arkansas Razorbacks fan base has had a tough season.
They had to deal with the turmoil surrounding Bobby Petrino and players leaving the team during a scandalous off-season. Despite the hurdles, the Razorbacks had high expectations and a chance to play for the National Championship.
Now in only week two, those dreams have turned to nightmares as the season has taken an ugly turn and their Championship hopes likely over.
Winners: Alabama Crimson Tide
The Arkansas Razorbacks were excited to host a game in week three against the Alabama Crimson Tide.
This game was circled by the team as the game that could change the face of the season. A win against Alabama would prove to the college football world that the Razorbacks should be considered one of the best teams in the country.
Now if the Hogs are without their best player and after a devastating loss, the Razorbacks will need a miracle to defeat the Crimson Tide.
Winners: Kolton Browning
The Warhawk quarterback is the star player of this team and he put on a display last night.
He tossed 68 passes, completing 42 for 412 yards and finding the end zone three times. Browning also led the team in rushing yards as he accumulated 76 yards on the ground to include the game winning scamper in overtime.
His performance was awarded with an upset victory and the Walter Camp National Player of the Week award.
Losers: John L. Smith
John L. Smith took over the team after Petrino was dismissed from the team and signed a 10-month contract.
Smith only had one season to make a big enough impact to keep his job into the future. After this devastating loss to Louisiana-Monroe, Smith will have to work miracles with the rest of the season if he has any hopes of staying on with the program.
Losers: Tyler Wilson
Earlier reports of a broken collarbone are inaccurate, but regardless of what the injury is, the Razorbacks will not be the same team without Wilson.
As a leader of this team and the face of the football program, it is unfortunate that the injury could mean the Razorbacks will have to play without Wilson. Wilson will be sorely missed and without him on the field, it could mean the end of the Razorbacks season.