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 Saturday night in Little Rock, Ark.
Browning accounted for 481 yards of total offense and four TDs 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 at 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 in total yards, 550-377.
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 was 11 of 20 passing for 196 yards and a pair of TDs before leaving at halftime.
The Warhawks trailed, 28-7, midway through the third quarter before rallying behind Browning, who found Brent Leonard for a 23-yard TD pass on fourth-and-10 with 55 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 28-28.
Browning was 42 of 67 passing for 412 yards, and he had 69 yards rushing on 16 carries — his last the winding, game-winning scramble in overtime.
Alabama 35, W. Kentucky 0 — AJ McCarron passed for 219 yards and matched his career high with four TD passes to lead the top-ranked Crimson Tide (2-0) over the Hilltoppers (1-1) in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
McCarron had two scoring tosses apiece to Christion Jones and Kevin Norwood while completing 14 of 19 passes. Alabama forced four turnovers, three fumbles, and a C.J. Mosley interception. Kawaun Jakes hit 20 of 31 passes for 178 yards for the Hilltoppers.
USC 42, Syracuse 29— Matt Barkley threw a career-best six TD passes, and Robert Woods added 200 all-purpose yards and two scores to help the No. 2 Trojans shake free of the Orange in East Rutherford, N.J.
Ryan Nassib and Syracuse’s hurry-up offense kept things close with consecutive TDs in the third quarter to make it 21-16 heading into the fourth. Nassib finished with 322 yards passing, two scoring passes, and a TD run.
LSU 41, Washington 3 — Alfred Blue rushed for 101 yards, including a 21-yard score, and the No. 3 Tigers (2-0) racked up 242 yards on the ground in a rout of the Huskies (1-1) in Baton Rouge, La.
Kenny Hilliard added a pair of short TD runs and fullback J.C. Copeland powered through for another score for LSU. Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger was 12 of 18 for 195 yards, including a 32-yard TD strike to Kadron Boone.
Oregon 42, Fresno State 25 — Kenjon Barner ran for 201 yards and three TDs to lead the No. 4 Ducks (2-0) over the Bulldogs (1-1) in Eugene, Ore.
De’Anthony Thomas ran for 102 yards and two scores for Oregon, which sprinted to a 35-6 lead in the first half. Redshirt freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota hit 19 of 27 passes for 166 yards and a TD.
Oklahoma 69, Florida A&M 13 — Damien Williams ran for 156 yards and four TDs in a record-setting debut, Kenny Stills added 120 yards receiving and a score, and the No. 5 Sooners won easily in Norman, Okla.
Williams’s rushing total was the most for a player in his first game at Owen Field, and he became only the fourth player at the school to eclipse 100 yards rushing in each of his first two games. Adrian Peterson was the last to do it in 2004.
Georgia 41, Missouri 20 — Aaron Murray hit Marlon Brown for two of his three TD passes, the second for the go-ahead score as the No. 7 Bulldogs (2-0, 1-0) rallied with 32 second-half points in Columbia, Mo., to spoil the Tigers’ Southeastern Conference debut. Missouri (1-1, 0-1) led, 17-9, in the third quarter before Georgia came back.
South Carolina 48, E. Carolina 10 — Dylan Thompson hit 21 of 37 passes for 330 yards and three TDs to lead the No. 9 Gamecocks (2-0) to a rout of the Pirates (1-1) in Columbia, S.C.
Thompson started the game in place of the injured Connor Shaw, and left little doubt coach Steve Spurrier made the right choice to let Shaw rest. The rejuvenated passing game allowed Spurrier to use star running back Marcus Lattimore sparingly. He gained 40 yards on 13 carries.
Michigan St. 41, Central Michigan 7 — Andrew Maxwell threw for 275 yards and two TDs, and the No. 11 Spartans (2-0) cruised past the host Chippewas (1-1) in Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Le’Veon Bell had 70 yards on 18 carries with two TDs, shouldering a lighter load after carrying 44 times for 210 yards in Michigan State’s opener against Boise State. The Spartans haven’t allowed an offensive TD this season. The attendance of 35,127 was a record for Kelly/Shorts Stadium.Continued...