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The odds were insurmountable, and the final
result showed. ULM played the proverbial
money game in its season opener and lost 59-20
to No. 2 Texas.
There were some positives,
such as forcing three turnovers, converting two
field-goal attempts and scoring on a 75-yard
pass play.
In the end, however, the Warhawks were
"Three turnovers those cost you and you can't
do that against a great football team," ULM
coach Charlie Weatherbie said. "We have been in
these situations before, playing against teams
like this, of this caliber, and you cannot
afford to give them anything if you want to be
in the football game. They've got a great
football team.
ULM tried to mix it up offensively, but
establishing an effective running game proved
most difficult.
"As far as their defensive schemes, they
proved the reason why they are No. 2 in the
country," junior tailback
Frank Goodin said. "They swarm to the ball,
and they get there quickly. They must have a
Despite the opening loss, ULM did enough
positive things and it should correct a lot of
errors this week when it plays Texas Southern.
Season Recap:
Texas 59, ULM 20-Texas jumped out to a 38-10
lead and was never threatened in the season
opener. Three turnovers didn't help the
Warhawks' cause.
Senior WR
Darrell McNeal, the team's
top playmaker at wideout, was held to one catch
for 13 yards at Texas, but saw time in the
backfield at the QB position.
ULM had just 101 yards rushing and
averaged only 2.9 yards a carry against Texas.
ULM received $825,000 to play at No.
2 Texas.
Game Ball Goes To:
Jackson-The preseason all-conference candidate
had eight tackles and forced a fumble against
Keep An Eye On:
Trey Revell-The junior was 14-of-30 for one
touchdown and an interception on 197 yards
passing, but the experience of playing against
Texas should make him a better player in the
long run.
Quote To Note:
"There's no doubt in
my mind that Texas is the No. 1
team in the country. They're a
great football team, have great
talent, and of course with Colt
McCoy running the show out
there, he's an excellent
quarterback. It seems like he's
slippery, gets out of trouble
and makes things happen."
-ULM coach Charlie Weatherbie after the
Warhawks' 59-10 loss at Texas.
Looking Good:
Junior RB Frank Goodin gained 60 yards and
scored a touchdown. He ran hard and should be
one of the top backs in the Sun Belt.
Darius Prelow had a solid first
game with 10 tackles
Otis Stamps collected his second
career interception.
Sophomore PK
Radi Jabour made both of his
field-goal attempts against the Longhorns.
Still Needs Work: ULM forced three
turnovers, but its three miscues proved most
costly. One turnover was a snap over quarterback
Trey Revell's head, while another was a poor
center to QB exchange.
QB Trey Revell-The junior had his moments,
but will need to be more effective in the
future. This week's game at home against Texas
Southern should provide such an opportunity.
Although it was facing a superior team, ULM
needs to concentrate on its running game and
make it a strength. That will allow Revell to
make more plays.
Roster notes:
-- Right tackle
Jonathan Gill and center
Emmanuel Lockett made their first career starts.
-- Safety
Greg James extended his team-leading starts streak out to 33 games; punter
Scott Love and linebacker
Josh Thomas extended their streaks to 25 games.
-- TE
Jordan caught the first pass of his career with a nine-yard reception on
ULM's second possession of the game.