Rough Weekend for Hogs Fans

By Elliott Strauss

As the Dawgs were running Mizzou off of the field in the second half in Columbia, MO, a much more interesting story was developing in Arkansas. The number 8 team in the country clearly scheduled a game against lowly Louisiana Monroe for an easy romp in front of the home crowd in Fayetteville, but an injury to QB Tyler Wilson ruined that plan. ULM, a small school from the Sunbelt Conference, shocked the highly ranked SEC squad by scoring a touchdown in overtime to pull out a 34-31 victory. Quarterback Kolton Browning capped a fantastic 400 yard game by scrambling towards the endzone on the second possession of overtime, outrunning two Arkansas defenders to complete an impressive comeback. The Warhawks were down 28-7 at one point in the game, but fought back to force extra time with only 47 seconds left.

Arkansas fans cannot be having a good week. The team had high hopes coming in to the season and is still in the running for the tough SEC West division crown, but the loss is somewhat of an embarrassment. The team is no longer ranked in the AP Top 25 poll. It was the biggest drop in the Top 25 standings since #5 Michigan lost to I-AA Appalachian State in 2007. With the loss of their quarterback to a head injury, they appear to be doomed heading in to a matchup with the top ranked team in the country, rival Alabama, this coming weekend.

Meanwhile, ULM celebrates what is one of the biggest upsets in recent memory. They hope to use this momentum to jump to the front of the Sunbelt Conference, a largely ignored division with plenty of under-the-radar teams in the southern part of the U.S. such as Arkansas State and Troy. If there is any lessons to be learned from Bulldogs fans in Athens, it’s to not overlook games against “patsy” teams. With Florida Atlantic, another Sunbelt school, coming in town for a game this Saturday at 7:45, the Dawgs better show up in the first half to make sure that a repeat of Arkansas’ disastrous game is impossible.

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