College Football: Can Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks Have Breakout Season?

Louisiana-Monroe: First Arkansas, Now the World?

9/10/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   407 respect

The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks shocked the world Saturday when they rallied from a 21-point deficit and defeated No. 8 Arkansas, 34-31 in overtime.Sep 8, 2012; Little Rock, AR, USA; Louisiana Monroe Warhawks running back Jyruss Edwards (7) celebrates after the Warhawks defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks at War Memorial Stadium. Warhawks defeated the Razorbacks 34-31. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

It's the program's first win over a ranked team since joining the FBS in 1994, and it is the school's first over an SEC team since defeating Alabama in 2007.

LA-Monroe was able to get off 103 offensive snaps, including 67 passing attempts from junior quarterback Kolton Browning, who threw for 412 yards and three touchdowns.

He also ran in the game-winning score in OT, earning him Walter Camp National Player of the Week.

The Warhawks, who finished 4-8 (3-5 Sun Belt) last season and were projected to do much of the same this fall, have more chances to receive national recognition in the upcoming weeks.

Next on the schedule is another SEC opponent with Auburn, which has started the year off to a slow start. The Tigers are 0-2 for the first time since 2003 and have struggled to put points on the board.

Baylor will follow Auburn in Week 4, and the Bears exploded for 59 points in their season opener against SMU. The offense looked as if it did not know Robert Griffin III wasn't the quarterback anymore as Nick Florence threw for 341 yards and four touchdowns.

The Sun Belt isn't a powerhouse conference by any means, but that doesn't mean competition won't be stiff. Arkansas State and Florida International—both on Monroe's schedule—are looking to take home the title this season.

Louisiana-Monroe has gotten off to an incredible start by grabbing its best win in school history.

However, the Warhawks will have to continue playing at the same level to come away with their first winning season in 19 years (last year as Division-1AA team).


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