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Hogs stunned in overtime

By The Associated Press

This article was published September 8, 2012 at 11:40 p.m.

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/RICK MCFARLAND --09/08/12-- Louisana-Monroe QB Kolton Browning scrambles away from Arkansas Trey Flowers in their game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock on Saturday.

— Kolton Browning made the most of his return to Arkansas.

Browning's 16-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-one lifted Louisiana-Monroe to a 34-31 overtime win over the No. 8 Razorbacks on Saturday night.

Browning accounted for 481 yards of total offense and four touchdowns to lead the Warhawks (1-0) to their first win over a Southeastern Conference team since defeating Alabama in 2007.

The junior made his first career start in Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium two years ago as a freshman, a 31-7 loss by the Warhawks. He showed his maturity and then some in his return, helping Louisiana-Monroe outgain Arkansas 550-377 in total yards.

The Razorbacks (1-1) played the second half without quarterback Tyler Wilson, who suffered a head injury after taking several big hits in the first half.

Wilson, who also missed the second half against New Mexico last season with concussion-like symptoms, was 11-of-20 passing for 196 yards and a pair of touchdowns before leaving the game at halftime.

The Warhawks trailed 28-7 midway through the third quarter before rallying behind Browning. The second-team Sun Belt Conference quarterback from a season ago found Brent Leonard for a 23-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-10 with 55 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 28-28.

Leonard finished with 11 catches for 112 yards receiving.

Browning was 42 of 67 passing for 412 yards passing, and he had 69 yards rushing on 16 carries — his last the winding, game-winning scramble in overtime around and through the Arkansas defense.

The Razorbacks led 28-7 midway through the third quarter after freshman quarterback Brandon Allen connected with MeKale McKay for a 13-yard touchdown. Allen, filling in for the injured Wilson, finished 6 of 20 passing for 85 yards.

The Razorbacks had little offense after that, though they managed to take a 34-31 lead in overtime after a 37-yard field goal by Zach Hocker.

Cobi Hamilton led Arkansas with 99 yards receiving and a touchdown on six catches. The senior now has eight touchdown catches in seven career games in Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium.

The Razorbacks started slowly for the second straight game, even with Wilson in the lineup in the first half.

Arkansas struggled at times in last week's season-opening win over Jacksonville State, allowing 163 yards passing in the first half to the FCS Gamecocks. The Razorbacks' defensive woes continued Saturday.

Browning was at the center of Arkansas' frustrations, avoiding the Razorbacks time and again. His 4-yard touchdown pass to Centarius Donald put the Warhawks up 7-0 in the first half, and he closed Arkansas' lead to 28-21 early in the fourth quarter with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Steed.

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Jackabbott says... September 9, 2012 at 12:34 a.m.

This is primarily the responsibility of Jeff Long. Interim coaches or managers are recipes for disasters. You only have to go back to Joe Kines and the nitwit who coached the Hogs in the Cotton Bowl after the Nutt was let go to see the consequences. interim does not work in sports and in very few managerial matters. Either he should have taken the time and hired a real, permanent coach or put Petrino on probation and heavily fined him, Instead the team went through 3 coaches, one HC and two interims.
We are now like a bad joke in college football and we still have a nightmare of 10 more games to play. The whole state is going to be shamed over the arrogance and stupidity of not only Petrino but worse, the disaster that Long created in the aftermath.
The athletic crowd at UAF is out of control, they are building a
practice bb facility for 15 bb players, moving games out of LR and out of the state to Dallas, and keep bad mouthing Little Rock and the rest of the state to justifly moving games. Then they cry when people do not show up. Even in Fay. they are not selling out. They pay millions to smaller out of state schools to come here to play while snubbing ASU and UCA. They have taken complete advantage of the fans love affair with the Razorbacks and made a mockery of it. It is time for the legislature to bring the program under control.

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jorgeo says... September 9, 2012 at 8:48 a.m.

The Rbacks will be lucky to win 4 games this year. What a mess! There was little defense and the players on defense became exhausted chasing Browning. There seemed to be a poor defense plan for this opponent. The fans believed all of the hipe about this team but the season is over. What's happening in basketball.

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