Last night marked the season opener for two Southeastern Conference teams, and it was memorable for all the wrong reasons.
In perhaps the biggest victory in the school's history, Middle Tennessee State stunned Vanderbilt 37-28 in Nashville. The Blue Raiders, playing only their third season at the Division I-A level, rolled up 608 total yards and controlled the ball for more than 40 minutes.
Dwone Hicks rushed for 203 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead Middle Tennessee. He carried the ball 37 times and scored on runs of 1, 1, 1 and 2 yards.
And in Fayetteville, Ark., the Razorbacks were taken to the wire by UNLV before holding on for a thrilling 14-10 victory.
Backup quarterback Ryan Sorahan converted a pair of fourth-down passes inside the final two minutes of play, and Cedric Cobbs scored on a 1-yard run with 18 seconds left to save Arkansas.
Prior to the game-winning drive, which was set up by a fumbled punt snap, Arkansas managed only 65 yards in total offense. The Rebels set a new school record for fewest yards allowed at 114 and surrendered only five first downs, two on the final drive of the game. The Razorbacks were held to 25 yards rushing on 26 attempts.
This weekend's SEC games:
n Louisville at Kentucky
n Arkansas State at Georgia
n Syracuse (0-1) at Tennessee
n Ball State at Auburn
n Murray State at Ole Miss
n UCLA at Alabama
n Boise State at South Carolina
n Tulane (0-1) at LSU
n Marshall at Florida