October 4, 2010

Warhawk Inside Slant

Warhawk Inside Slant

ULM pretty much had to play a perfect game to have a shot at competing with Auburn.

The Warhawks did not.

Penalties-three in the first quarter and six in the first half-, and several big plays, put them in an early hole and they never recovered in a 52-3 pounding by the then-10th-ranked Tigers.

"I don't know what it was, if it was crowd noise, or they just didn't get the calls, or they couldn't hear me," coach Todd Berry said. "It happens, but we can't have that every week."

The Warhawks couldn't generate any rushing, ending up with only 38 yards net on the ground.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Kolton Browning threw for 203 yards, completing 25 of his 33 pass attempts. He wasn't intercepted, but he was sacked three times for 16 yards in losses.

"We came out, and we prepared well all week as far as what we wanted to do offensively," Browning said. "I felt like we were able to move the ball fairly well, but penalties killed us this game. The offensive line was doing pretty well for us, as far as giving me time to throw the quick game, like we did. I think we need to get more balanced, and produce a running game."

The loss was the second for the Warhawks against an SEC team this year. They opened with a 31-7 setback at Arkansas.

They now get back home to face Sun Belt colleague Florida Atlantic in their next game.

NOTES, QUOTES

 Kolton Browning became the first ULM quarterback to throw for over 200 yards in three straight games since Steven Jyles had five in a row such games in 2004. Browning had 267 against Arkansas State, 249 against Southeastern Louisiana and 203 against Auburn. Brown's 25 completions in only 33 attempts are a new career high for the lefty redshirt freshman.

 CB Otis Peterson, a redshirt freshman, intercepted his first career pass in the third quarter, giving ULM interceptions in three of the four games played so far. The Warhawks have forced 29 turnovers in the last 16 games.

Game Ball Goes To:   PK Radi Jabour-Jabour kicked a 31-yard field goal in the first quarter to give the Warhawks what would be their only points of the afternoon at Auburn. It was the junior's first field goal of the season, leaving him 6 of 13 in his career.

Keep An Eye On:   WR Tavarese Maye-A redshirt freshman, Maye showed his potential upside in the loss at Auburn. He had six catches for 45 yards and earned the praise of coach Todd Berry, who said, "It is very interesting to watch this man develop. I think he has a chance to become a very special player."

Quote To Note:   "I think when we actually stay disciplined, and we play our responsibilities and cut out the penalties, we're a good defense. I think anybody that watches us can tell that, so once the penalties and stuff are cut out, we will be fine."-LB Theo Smith, putting a positive spin on ULM's 52-3 loss at Auburn.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

Looking Good:   Not much went well for the Warhawks. They managed a field goal (PK Rabi Jabour, from 31 yards) on their second possession, and QB Kolton Browning threw for 203 yards on 25 of 33 passing to give ULM 233 yards for the day.

WR Luther Ambrose had seven catches for 56 yards and Tavarese Maye had six receptions for 45 more.

Still Needs Work:   RB Frank Goodin managed only nine yards on three carries and the rushing attack struggled to net only 38 yards on 33 carries.

Browning was sacked three times for 16 yards in losses.

The defense gave up 505 yards in total offense to the Tigers, 233 on the ground and 272 passing.

Roster Report:  

 Freshman WR Luke Russell made his first career reception, a seven-yard pass from QB Cody Wells in the fourth quarter.

 S Isaiah Newsome, a redshirt freshman, made his first career start.

 




 

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