BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Kolton Browning hit Rashon Ceaser on a two-point conversion pass in overtime to give Louisiana-Monroe a 43-42 victory over Western Kentucky on Saturday.
The Warhawks (5-2, 3-0) are now the only undefeated Sun Belt Conference team. The Hilltoppers (5-2, 2-1) lost for the first time in Sun Belt play since Oct. 1, 2011.
Browning's two-point conversion followed his 4-yard touchdown run that brought the Warhawks within 42-41.
"We had a lot of confidence in the two-point conversion," ULM coach Todd Berry said. "I knew when the play was called we had it. As soon as I saw the defense, I knew we had it."
Western Kentucky had a chance to sack Browning on the play, but he eluded the rush, spun right and found Ceaser, who was running a drag route through the middle of the end zone.
"We lost contain," Western Kentucky coach Willie Taggart said. "We said we can't lose contain on this quarterback. . We had a guy coming right at him and we let him outside, and that's when he's dangerous because you don't know whether he's going to run or pass."
Browning led the Warhawks back from deficits of 28-7, 35-18 and finally 42-35. He finished 22 of 41 for 308 yards and four passing touchdowns, and ran for 69 yards and two touchdowns.
But while Browning's overtime heroics clinched the win for ULM, a couple of close officiating calls helped allow for the finish.
The Warhawks, down 35-28 with less than two minutes to play, were facing a third-and-9 at their own 11 when Browning scrambled and was brought down short of the marker.
However Hilltoppers cornerback Tyree Robinson, who assisted on the tackle, was called for a late hit on Browning.
"I thought (Robinson) didn't touch the kid," Taggart said. "I thought he jumped right over him. But (the officials) said he hit him and they called it. It is what it is."
Browning then marched ULM the rest of the way downfield before hitting Ceaser on a 12-yard touchdown pass with 31 seconds to play.
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