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Despite the 31-7 final score, ULM came out of
its game at Arkansas encouraged about its
For three quarters, the defense kept
the Warhawks in the game before the Razorbacks
broke loose for 17 points over the final 15
The Warhawks came up with three turnovers,
including an interception of highly touted
Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett. This from a
unit that features eight new starters and is
playing a new 3-3-5 scheme.
Senior linebacker
Theo Smith
said that the guy will benefit the
young guys on defense. "Since they've seen we
can stop big-play guys on big teams, they can be
more confident in our guys and run it harder,"
Smith said.
The Warhawks ended up surrendering 400 yards
passing but held Arkansas to less than 100 on
the ground.
The problem was that the Warhawks failed to
capitalize on any of the turnovers. They went
three-and-out following the first fumble
recovery, ran only two plays following the
interception before time ran out in the first
half, and turned it back over on an interception
following their second fumble recovery.
They rushed for 116 yards but had only 72
passing and had two turnovers.
"They played like redshirt freshmen," coach
Todd Berry said. "They showed some of the things
we're excited about, but they had some mistakes
too that ended up hurting our opportunities."
The Warhawks, who were getting a late start
into the season, are back on the road again for
their next game, opening Sun Belt Conference
play at Arkansas State. ULM's first home game is
Sept. 25 against Southeastern Louisiana.
Frank Goodin got off to a slow
start in his quest to become ULM's all-time
leading rusher. He netted only 44 yards on 12
carries against Arkansas. He came into the game
needing 874 yards to pass record-holder Calvin
Dawson, who finished his career with 3,378
ULM held Arkansas to 99 net yards
rushing. The Warhawks have held seven of their
last 12 opponents to double-digit yardage on the
A dozen players made their first
starts for ULM: redshirt freshman QB
Browning, redshirt freshman RB
Jyruss Edwards,
redshirt freshman WR
Tavarese Maye, sophomore LT
Patrick Dvoracek, junior C
Ryan McCaul, junior
Anthony Montgomery, junior DE
Ken Dorsey,
senior NT
Bryan Glenn, junior LB
Jason Edwards,
sophomore LB
Cameron Blakes, sophomore CB
Nelson and sophomore S
Khairi Usher.
Game Ball Goes To: LB Jason
Edwards-A junior making his first career start,
Edwards made 11 stops for the Warhawks. He had
nine solo stops and one tackle for loss.
Keep An Eye On: S Khairi Usher-A
sophomore, Usher stepped up with 10 tackles in
his first career start. He also forced a fumble
and broke up a pass.
Quote To Note:
"We made some plays, but we
didn't make enough of them. I
thought we played pretty well on
defense and pretty dysfunctional
on offense. Most of that had to
do with a guy or two sabotaging
a play."
-Coach Todd Berry, on ULM's play in
the loss to Arkansas.
Looking Good: ULM held Arkansas to
99 net yards rushing, getting to Razorback QB
Ryan Mallett for two sacks. LB Jason Edwards and
S Khairi Usher both first-time starters, were in
double digits in tackles, and CB Robert Nelson
was one short of joining them. P Aaron Munoz had
a nice day in his collegiate debut, averaging
41.6 yards on nine attempts with a long of 60
Still Needs Work: The Warhawks saw
Mallett go off for 28-of-43 passing for 400
yards. ULM was within a touchdown of the
Razorbacks at halftime but wilted in the second
half. QB Kolton Browning was only 7-of-17
passing (74 yards) in his debut with an
interception and a touchdown. He also was sacked
three times.
Roster Report:
Aaron Munoz, a redshirt freshman,
got off a 60-yarder on his first career punt. He
averaged 41.6 on nine attempts.
Senior RB Frank Goodin did not start
because of an undisclosed injury but ended up as
ULM's leading rusher with 12 carries for 44