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September 17, 2012

Warhawk Inside Slant

Warhawk Inside Slant
A week earlier, ULM coach Todd Berry had gone for it on a couple of fourth-down plays, including one in overtime, and they wound up spurring his Warhawks to an upset of Arkansas.

Against Auburn, he chose to play it in more conventional fashion, and it just may have cost the Warhawks a shot at a second straight victory over an SEC foe.

A blocked field goal left the Warhawks scoreless in overtime, and Auburn kicked a field goal on its possession for the 31-28 victory.

Afterward, Berry second-guessed his decision.

"Last week, obviously, we had the ball second," Berry said, referring to the win over the Razorbacks. "We already knew what the score was. They had already kicked a field goal."

In this case, the Warhawks had the ball to start overtime and decided to go for the field goal instead of gambling on fourth-and-five from the 20-yard line.

Kicker Justin Manton's 37-yard attempt was tipped, and the ball fell short.

"Sometimes it's better to put some points on the board and you put some pressure on the other team to try to make something happen," Berry said. "Obviously, that didn't work for us.

"Like I said, this one's my fault. Error in judgment."



WHAT'S AHEAD: ULM, which didn't get its season started until the college football's second weekend, finally gets a home game. The Warhawks will host Baylor in a Friday night affair. But then they are back on the road at Tulane to finish the month before diving into Sun Belt Conference play.

 Though coach Todd Berry may have regretted his decision not to go for it on fourth down in overtime, he wasn't shy about it earlier. The Warhawks went for it four times on fourth down earlier in the game and were successful three times. For the season, they are 9-of-11 on fourth-down gambles.

 The 62 points the Warhawks have scored in their first two games (34 vs. Arkansas, 28 vs. Auburn) are the most they have had against SEC opposition in one season. The previous high was 57 in 2006, but they not only needed three games to get that total, they got 40 in just one game (Kentucky).

 For the second straight week, ULM scored on its opening possession. The Warhawks marched 89 yards in 12 plays after receiving the opening kickoff, scoring on a pass to redshirt freshman Harley Scioneaux on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line.

Keep An Eye On:   Sophomore CB Ron'Donavan Lewis had a busy afternoon at Auburn. He was credited with 10 tackles against the Tigers.

Looking Good:   Junior QB Kolton Browning didn't throw the ball quite as often as he had at Little Rock, but still had a nice game. He was 28-of-46 passing, which was 21 fewer attempts than he had against the Razorbacks, for 237 yards and three touchdowns. He has six touchdown passes in just two games.

Still Needs Work:   The run defense was not as effective as it had been at Arkansas. Auburn gouged the Warhawks for 255 yards on the ground, averaging 6.1 per rush. ULM had held Arkansas to just 96 the week before.


Quote To Note:

""I felt like at times we moved the ball really well down the field. There were also some plays where we felt like we could have scored some more points today than we did."

-Junior QB Kolton Browning


Player Notes:  

 Senior WR Brent Leonard again led ULM in receiving with seven catches. They were good for 53 yards.

 Junior WR Je'Ron Hamm had the most receiving yards with 57 on five catches.

 Junior RB Jyruss Edwards led the team in rushing with 76 yards on 17 carries. He had a long run of 29 yards.

Roster Report:

 Sophomore PK Justin Manton handled punting duties for a second straight game, averaging 43.2 on five attempts. Both of his field goal attempts were blocked.

 Redshirt freshman Caleb Gammel saw his first playing time and ran 14 yards for a first down on a fake punt on ULM's first series of the second half.

 Junior RB Centarius Donald missed the game because of an injury.

S Khari Usher will miss 6-8 weeks with a leg injury, look for him to return just in time for Sun Belt Conference action.


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