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October 31, 2013

Browning ties career high in win

TROY, Ala. - ULM endured a late rally by Troy, but Kolton Browning spun out of a sack and found Tre' Perrier for a 29-yard touchdown with 3:01 remaining to seal the 49-37 victory on Thursday evening at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Browning tied his career high for both passing touchdowns and total touchdowns, racking up five through the air and another on the ground. The senior finished 21-of-31 for 354 yards with the five scores. Browning has now thrown nine touchdowns with no interceptions in his two games since returning from injury.

Perrier and Ajalen Holley each hauled in a pair of touchdown catches on the night, while Rashon Ceaser added the final reception; Perrier's touchdowns also doubled as his first career receptions. Ceaser finished with four catches for 105 yards, Holley had four for 74 yards, Perrier's pair went for 52 yards and Kenzee Jackson made a game-high six catches for 47 yards.

Centarius Donald had his second consecutive 100-yard game, going for 114 yards on 22 carries with his power running style. The junior also picked up a three-yard score in the first quarter.

For the Trojans, Corey Robinson went 31-of-52 for 362 yards and two touchdowns and also added a rushing score of his own. Jordan Chunn had 81 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, and Eric Thomas led Troy with six catches for 75 yards.

After trading scoreless drives early, Browning and the Warhawks broke through in a big way on their second offensive possession. The drive began with a series of screen and shovel passes, one apiece to Jackson, Ceaser and Donald, but Browning was brought down on a sack for a loss of four yards on the next play.

The sack could not stop the drive, however. Browning struck Holley over the middle with a beautiful pass, and the freshman receiver broke free past the secondary for a career-long 60-yard touchdown reception. Following Justin Manton's extra point, ULM took an early 7-0 lead.

Momentum continued to swing in ULM's favor late in the first quarter. Facing fourth down from their own 38, Troy botched the snap on a punt and Braxton Moore emerged with possession at the nine-yard line after the ensuing scrum. Two plays later, Donald crashed across the goal line for a three-yard score, marking his third consecutive game with a rushing touchdown and giving ULM the two-score advantage.

The Warhawk defense came up with another drive-killing play early in the second quarter. With the Trojans on a sustained drive deep into ULM territory, Joey Gautney stripped Brandon Burks on a rush up the middle and Mitch Lane scooped up the loose ball at the four-yard line to keep Troy off the scoreboard.

A 21-yard pass from Robinson to Wilson Van Hooser finally put the Trojans on the board midway through the quarter. Set up with good field position after a 32-yard punt return by Bryan Holmes, Troy used three plays to cover 33 yards, including the scoring toss, to cut ULM's advantage in half.

The Browning-to-Holley connection made a repeat appearance later in the quarter. With the lead down to just seven, the Warhawks pieced together a nine-play, 75-yard drive to rebuild the two-possession lead. Browning hit six of his seven passes on the drive for 43 yards, including the six-yard screen pass to Holley on the near sideline for his second score of the night. The touchdown gave ULM a 21-7 lead with 5:41 remaining in the half.

Troy refused to go away, however. With Manton backed up into his own end zone to punt, the Trojans came up with a block on the play and K.D. Edenfield grabbed the live ball at the 11-yard line, returning it the short distance for the score.

Another quick drive for the Trojans just before the half resulted in a 43-yard field goal by Will Scott, leaving ULM clinging to a 21-17 advantage heading into the locker room.

ULM seized the momentum coming out of the break with their third scoring drive of the night of at least six plays. A pair of huge passes from Browning buoyed the drive, the first being a 39-yard route deep over the middle to Cortney Davis. The second went for 23 yards down the near sideline to Perrier in the back corner of the end zone for the score; not only was it the freshman's first career touchdown, it was also his first career reception and could not have come at a more opportune time.

Just one drive after hauling in his first catch, Perrier drew a key pass interference call to keep the Warhawks' next drive alive. Bruising running by Donald, who had 18 yards on a trio of carries, also helped to push ULM down the field.

For the third time in the contest, however, a deep throw by Browning gave the Warhawks a touchdown. This time he found Ceaser for 55 yards down the near sideline, the sophomore's first scoring reception of the season, to put ULM up 35-17 with 8:38 remaining in the third quarter.

On the ensuing drive, Troy answered ULM's 55-yard touchdown pass with one of their own as Robinson connected with Holmes for the same 55-yard distance. Robinson went 3-of-4 on the drive for 67 yards to pull the Trojans within two scores, 35-23.

Not to be outdone, ULM returned the favor with another long drive culminating in a one-yard quarterback sneak by Browning for his fifth total touchdown of the night. The drive was once again propped up by Browning's arm as he hit Ceaser for a 45-yard gain to push the Warhawks deep into Trojan territory.

Chunn plunged in from two yards out on the next drive for Troy as the Trojans continued to match ULM score-for-score in the fourth quarter. They burned nearly five minutes off the clock and left just under 11 minutes to go in the game.

After Troy pulled to within five with a three-yard run by Robinson, Browning pulled off some more Warhawk magic as he escaped out of what appeared to be a guaranteed sack and found Perrier for a 29-yard bomb, his second touchdown reception of the night. That score made it 49-37 in favor of ULM and sealed the victory.

ULM will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 9, as they host Arkansas State at Malone Stadium. The contest is slated for a 6:00 p.m. kickoff and will be carried on ESPN3.



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