Warhawk Inside Slant

When the 51-0 shellacking at LSU was over, ULM
coach Todd Berry pointed the finger at himself
for his team's failure to crack the end zone.
"I didn't like our offense's eyes when we went
out on the field," Berry said. "I want to see
their eyes lit up. Most of the time, our
offense's eyes have been lit up. They
weren't lit up going out onto the field, and
that bothered me-and it obviously bothers me
now. Obviously I didn't inspire them."
Turnovers, however, were what turned a
statistically close struggle into a rout for the
Tigers. ULM had only 190 yards of total offense,
but limited LSU to 251.
The Warhawks threw two interceptions, one of
which LSU returned for a touchdown, and lost a
fumble in the first half to fall behind, 23-0.
ULM gave up a touchdown on a fumble return and
had another interception in the fourth quarter.
Of ULM's 15 possessions, a third ended in a
turnover and seven were three-and-outs, four of
which resulted in negative yardage.
The Warhawks' two most successful possessions
were a 12-play, 48-yard drive that reached LSU's
28-yard line before ending in an interception,
and a nine-play 55-yard march that ended with
the Warhawks turning the ball over on downs at
LSU's 26.
"Offensively, the turnovers were horrendous
and embarrassing," Berry said. "The lost yardage
plays and the penalty plays are embarrassing.
It's a lack of discipline, and that is my
responsibility. Obviously we will need to get
that corrected as we proceed."
The loss left the Warhawks with a 4-6 record,
two wins short of the six required for
postseason eligibility.
The good news is they have their two
remaining games against North Texas and
Louisiana-Lafayette at home, where they are 3-0
this season.
The loss to LSU was ULM's third to a
team from the SEC's Western Division. The
Warhawks opened with a 31-7 loss to Arkansas and
later lost, 52-3, at Auburn.
Kolton Browning had his streak of 200-plus
yard passing games end at a school record eight
when he finished with only 61 yards on 8-of-17
passing. He did not play in the fourth quarter.
Junior WR
Luther Ambrose moved into a tie for
10th-place on the school's single-season
reception list with his two receptions, giving
him 54 catches for the year. He has 100 in his
Game Ball Goes To: DE
Ken Dorsey-After coming up with big
interception late in the loss at Florida
International the previous week, Dorsey had two
sacks among his eight tackles at LSU. It was the
first time the junior had more than one sack in
a game. He has five sacks and 12 tackles for
losses this season..
Keep An Eye On: RB
Jyruss Edwards-A redshirt freshman, Edwards
gained 49 yards on five rushes, and had 106
yards on five kickoff returns, including a long
of 29.
Quote To Note:
"Penalties and turnovers killed us tonight.
Not being able to execute and put points on the
board, you're not going to be able to win any
game, so that's what happened."
-QB Kolton Browning.
Looking Good: Despite the lopsided
score, the defense didn't play that badly. The
Warhawks forced LSU to settle for field goals
three times and held the Tigers to 251 yard in
total offense, 95 through the air. The Warhawks
held LSU to 90 yards of total offense in the
first half, but trailed, 23-0. Two of LSU's
touchdowns came on returns of an interception
and a fumble, and the Tigers needed to negotiate
only 12 yards for a third touchdown following an
interception. Junior S
Darius Prelow led the Warhawks with a
career-high 11 tackles and junior DE Ken Dorsey
had two sacks among his eight stops.
Still Needs Work: The Warhawks
passed for only 67 yards, with QB Kolton
Browning struggling on 8-of-17 with two
interceptions before sitting out the last 18
Cody Wells came in and was 2-of-5 with
another interception. The Warhawks lost five
Roster Report:
Troy Giddens, a transfer from LSU, made his
first start of his ULM career and was credited
with two tackles.
Freshman WR
Luke Russell, taking a direct snap, rushed
11 times for 20 yards. They were his first
career carries.
Brent Leonard caught a fourth-down pass for
a first down for the fourth time this season.