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October 1, 2012

Warhawk Inside Slant

Warhawk Inside Slant
After a series of close games, the Warhawks got an all out, all around performance in the 63-10 trashing of the Tulane Green Wave.  The 10 points allowed were the third fewest points allowed, while the 63 scored were the most in ULM's FBS history; surpassing the previous high of 62 in 1994.  Defensively, the Warhawks surrendered the second lowest total in rushing yards, (-9) and fourth lowest total yardage allowed in Head Coach Todd Berry's three year span at ULM.  Need less to say this was a much needed game for the Warhawks as the end non-conference play 2-2 and prepare for a tough road test at Middle Tennessee, who is coming off a huge win at Georgia Tech.

 

NOTES, QUOTES

Jyruss Edwards recorded his 18th & 19th career TD runs on Saturday.  He's now tied for fifth in all-time school history with Joe Profit (1967-70)

With the Warhawk's win, the Sun Belt Conference improved to 5-1 this season over Conference USA, and could run the overall record to 7-1 after this week - ULL hosts  Tulane, and North Texas plays at Houston.

DeVonte McNeal recorded his first career carries for ULM.  The red shirt freshman ended the game with 10 carries for 114 yards and a score.

ULM recorded two defensive touchdowns - R.J. Young was credited with a 55 yard interception return, but fumbled at the goal line, giving Ray Stovall credit for the score.  Darius Lively recorded the other interception and score, returning his six yards.

Keep An Eye On: Justin Manton - The sophomore kicker is 23 for 23 on PATs this season and averaged 63.4 yards per kickoff, three kick offs were for touchbacks.

Looking Good: The ULM receivers.  Beyond the normal starters, the lopsided game on Saturday allowed youngsters Tony Cook and  Rashon Ceasar to showcase their skills for the future.

Still Needs Work: The secondary continues to be a concern.  Cornerbacks continue to face blow coverages that leave receivers wide open.  If the Tulane receivers would've been able to hold onto the ball, they could've possibly put up an additional score or two, but the continued struggles in the secondary do not seem to be improving.


Quote To Note:

""I was anxious for this game. I think anytime you play an in-state game; there are some rivalries just because they are inherent."

-Coach Todd Berry, following the Tulane game.


STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

Player Notes:

Trey Caldwell and Hunter Kissinger led the Warhawks with six tackles each... Caldwell had six solo tackles, while Kissinger had five solo including his first career sack.

Monterrell Washington registered his first rushing TD of the game with a one-yard run with 9:16 to play in the third quarter... Washington has three TDs over his last two games (2 vs. Baylor, September 21).

Roster Report:

Sophomore PK Justin Manton continues to be listed as the top kicker and punter for the Warhawks.

Senior Cameron Blakes is out with a leg injury for the rest of the season.

S Khari Usher will return for Sun Belt Conference action this week at Middle Tennessee.



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