For First Time, Arkansas State Beats an Opponent That Had Beaten Arkansas

What would happen if the best QB in ASU history had a crack at the state’s top program? (Courtesy: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

No doubt, decades will pass before Razorback fans forget Arkansas’ 34-31 home loss to Louisiana-Monroe in its second game this season. It was the first time a Sun Belt team had beaten the Hogs, which led some fans to wonder if the Red Wolves could have challenged the Razorbacks this season.

As the Red Wolves have heated up in the last month, while the Hogs have continued to struggle, the question has been burning for months. On Thursday, though, enough fuel was dumped on to this debate to turn it into a full-fledged fire.

Arkansas State blitzed ULM 45-23, just another ho-hum offensive explosion in the most successful era in the program history (as a Division I-A program, which ASU became in 1992). In the last two seasons, ASU has won 13 of 14 conference games, but none was more historic it terms of potential in-state bragging rights than its rout of ULM.

For the first time since at least 2001 – when ASU started playing in the Sun Belt – it beat an opponent that had beaten Arkansas that same season.

Yes, the Red Wolves beat a ULM squad without an injured Kolton Browning, the  dual-threat quarterback who’d shredded Arkansas for 481 total yards in Little Rock. With a 22-point margin of victory, however, it’s unlikely Browning would have made up the difference to topple ASU in Jonesboro. His backup still passed for 357 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, after all.

Since 2001, Arkansas State has shared an opponent with Arkansas during the same season 21 times. Although Arkansas State has been more impressive against shared opponents the last two seasons, Arkansas still dominates any comparisons between schedules.

Of the 21 times, only four times has ASU lost to a shared opponent by an equal or smaller margin. Those instances are highlighted in red below:

2001

UA @ Georgia L 23-34
ASU @ Georgia L 17-45
UA @ Ole Miss W 58-56
ASU – Mississippi L 17-35

2002

UA – Louisiana-Lafayette W 24-17
ASU @ Louisiana-Lafayette L 10-13

2003

UA – Tulsa W 45-13
ASU @ Tulsa L 7-54

 

UA – North Texas W 31-7
ASU @ North Texas L 14-58
UA – New Mexico State W 48-20
ASU @ New Mexico State W 28-24

2004

UA – LSU L 14-43
ASU @ LSU L 3-53

 

UA – Louisiana-Monroe W 49-20
ASU @ Louisiana-Monroe W 28-21

2005

UA – Louisiana-Monroe W 44-15
ASU @ Louisiana-Monroe L 27-31

2006

UA @ Auburn W 27-10
ASU @ Auburn L 0-27

2007

UA – Troy W 46-26
ASU @ Troy W 33-26*


*Win later vacated per NCAA sanctions.

UA @ Tennessee L 13-34
ASU L 27-48
UA – Florida International 58-10
ASU – Florida International 27-24
UA – North Texas 66-7
ASU – North Texas 31-27

2008

UA – Louisiana-Monroe W 28-27
ASU – Louisiana-Monroe W 37-29

 

UA-Alabama L 14-49
ASU @ Alabama L 0-35

2009

UA – Troy W 56-20
ASU – Troy L 27-30

2010

UA @ Auburn L 43-65
ASU @ Auburn L 26-52
UA – Louisiana-Monroe W 31-7
ASU – Louisiana-Monroe W 34-20

2011

UA – Troy W 38-28
ASU – Troy W 45-14

2012

UA – Louisiana-Monroe L 31-34
ASU – Louisiana-Monroe W 45-23
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2 Comments on “For First Time, Arkansas State Beats an Opponent That Had Beaten Arkansas”

  1. Sean Breslin says:

    ASU will be a good football team as long as Malzahn is there.

  2. Len Goodman says:

    Which must mean that U of A will suck as long as John L is there? Ha!


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