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Arkansas shocked in OT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Kolton Browning made the most of his return to Arkansas.

Browning's 16-yard touchdown run on fourth and 1 lifted Louisiana-Monroe to a 34-31 overtime win over the No. 8 Razorbacks on Saturday night.

Browning accounted for 481 yards of offense and four touchdowns in the Warhawks' first win over an SEC team since defeating Alabama in 2007.

The Sun Belt team was playing its season opener after going 4-8 in 2011.

Browning, made his first career start in Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium two years ago as a freshman, a 31-7 loss. He showed his maturity and then some in his return, helping Louisiana-Monroe outgain Arkansas 550-377. He was 42-of-67 for 412 yards, and he had 69 yards on 16 carries.

He led the Warhawks' comeback from a 28-7 deficit midway through the third. Browning found Brent Leonard for a 23-yard touchdown on fourth and 10 with 55 seconds left in regulation to tie it.

The Razorbacks 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 for 196 yards and a pair of touchdowns before leaving the game at halftime. His status was unknown.

The Razorbacks took the 28-7 lead when freshman Brandon Allen connected with MeKale McKay for a 13-yard touchdown. Allen, filling in for the injured Wilson, was 6-of-20 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 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.

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

Browning was at the center of Arkansas' frustrations, avoiding the Razorbacks time and again. His 4-yard touchdown 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 pass to Kevin Steed.

Georgia spoils Missouri's debut

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Aaron Murray hit Marlon Brown for two of his three touchdown passes, the second for the go-ahead score, No. 7 Georgia beat SEC-debuting Missouri 41-20.

The Bulldogs trailed 17-9 early in the second half.

With the clock winding down, Georgia fans chanted "Old Man Football! Old Man Football!" That's how Tigers defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson described Georgia's season-opening victory over Buffalo.

No. 1 Alabama 35, Western Ky. 0: A.J. McCarron threw four touchdowns for the host Crimson Tide. The Hilltoppers were 40-point underdogs and the sandwich opponent between top-10 teams Michigan and Arkansas. But Alabama coach Nick Saban went on the offensive last week to make sure the team from the Sun Belt Conference wasn't overlooked. "This game ended up being a little bit like I expected it to be and probably different from what a lot of people here expected it to be," Saban said. McCarron had two scoring tosses each to Christion Jones and Kevin Norwood, matching his career high. He completed 14 of 19 passes and played all but the final few minutes.

No. 3 LSU 41, Washington 3: Alfred Blue rushed for 101 of the host Tigers' 242 yards. He also had a 21-yard touchdown. LSU has won 39 consecutive nonconference games, tying a I-A record held by Kansas State. It can break it Saturday against Idaho at home, where it has won 19 consecutive games.

No. 9 S. Carolina 48, E. Carolina 10: Dylan Thompson, playing for the injured Connor Shaw, passed for 330 yards and three touchdowns for the host Gamecocks. Shaw rested a week after bruising his right (throwing) shoulder against Vanderbilt. Coach Steve Spurrier said Shaw will start next week if healthy. "I'm just the backup quarterback," Thompson said. "My role is to be ready when I am called." Thompson, a sophomore, threw two incompletions to start the game but completed his next five passes as the Gamecocks took a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter.

Miss. State 28, Auburn 10: Tyler Russell threw three touchdowns, two to Marcus Green, as the host Bulldogs won their first SEC opener since 1999. It also was Mississippi State's first win over a West Division team other than Mississippi under coach Dan Mullen. Now Mullen wants to be a division contender. "A lot of you (reporters) think that this means I've got the monkey off my back," he said. "But in my mind, a bigger one just jumped on. I hope in November we're talking about an 800-pound gorilla on my back." The Tigers took a 10-7 lead when Onterio McCalebb returned the second-half kickoff 100 yards. But on the ensuing possession, Russell hit Chad Bumphis for a 13-yard touchdown.

N'western 23, Vandy 13: Venric Mark ran for 123 yards and an insurance touchdown for the host Wildcats. Northwestern caught a break when Rashad Lawrence's 34-yard catch along the left sideline was ruled a completion even though he fumbled the ball as he went out of bounds. Soon after, Jeff Budzien's 18-yard field goal with 2:01 left put Northwestern up 16-13. Jordan Rodgers was sacked and fumbled on Vandy's first play of the ensuing series, setting up Mark's 29-yard score.

Mississippi 28, UTEP 10: Bo Wallace threw three touchdown passes and ran for one as the host Rebels improved to 2-0 for only the second time in 10 seasons. Down 21-0, the Miners cut it to 21-10 before Wallace's 3-yard touchdown to H.R. Greer 3:42 into the fourth. "Wins are important," Wallace said. "But I'm never satisfied personally unless I have a perfect game."

Tenn. 51, Georgia St. 13: Justin Hunter tied a school record by catching three touchdowns for the host Vols. The junior caught eight passes for 146 yards in his second game since tearing his left ACL during the third game of last season. A Tennessee player had caught three touchdowns eight times, most recently Chris Hannon in a 59-21 victory over Mississippi State on Nov. 16, 2003.

Kentucky 47, Kent St. 14: Maxwell Smith threw for four touchdowns and a career-high 354 yards for the host Wildcats. Trayion Durham's 26-yard run pulled the Golden Flashes within 17-14, but the Wildcats scored the 30 points over the last 22:06.

Arkansas shocked in OT 09/08/12 [Last modified: Sunday, September 9, 2012 12:42am]
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