The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks played spoiler last night, as they defeated the former eighth overall ranked team, the Arkansas Razorbacks, in a thrilling 34-31 overtime game in front of the Hogs home crowd.
What was supposed to be a pre-workout for the Razorbacks, resulted in the bench-press bar getting the best of John L. Smith and his squad. Although the Hogs held a 28-7 lead in the third quarter, the game never appeared to be in control for senior quarterback, Tyler Wilson and his SEC “powerhouse.”
Wilson, who was a Heisman hopeful, got banged around hard in the first half, and never came back for the second half as he was sidelined with a head injury. I have never seen a quarterback who had Heisman hopes get lit up that bad, especially by a team representing the Sun Belt Conference. Before being sidelined, Wilson did throw for 196, 2 touchdowns and an interception.
Razorbacks senior receiver, Cobi Hamilton caught 6 balls for 99 yards and a touchdown, and senior tight-end Chris Gragg continued to prove he is one of the premier receiving tight-ends in the country as he hauled in 7 receptions for 83 yards.
The Hogs beastly running-back, Knile Davis continued to struggle even though he found the end-zone. Davis had 16 carries for 68 yards, which averages to under 4 yards an attempt. This cant happen in a pre-workout game.
Enough with the Razorbacks, the night belonged to the Warhawks and their junior quarterback Kolton Browning.
Browning threw the rock 67 times, completing 42 of those for 412 yards, 3 of which were touchdowns. The kid also rushed the ball for 69 yards including his 19 yard cutback sprint to the end-zone on 4th and 1 in overtime to seal the monster victory for the Warhawks.
“Fourth and one, we kind of ran a play-action to try and get a quick little out to the side. They covered it well, then I went to my back, seen a big ole’ hole backside, ran for it. Ended up scoring a touchdown” said Browning.
Browning, who hails from from Texas, will never forget the night he had in Fayetteville, and it is unlikely that John L. Smith and his boys will forget this loss anytime soon as well.
The Razorbacks host Alabama next week, and now it is their turn to play spoiler for their upcoming battles this season throughout the SEC.
Paul Bentley is a contributor to Rant Sports
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