ULM Ready to Bowl for First Time in Program History
MONROE, La. -- ULM will make its first ever bowl appearance on Friday, Dec. 28, when it battles the Ohio Bobcats in the 2012 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La. Kickoff inside Independence Stadium is set for 1 p.m. and the game will air nationally on ESPN.
|Setting the Stage
||ULM (8-4, 6-2 Sun Belt) vs. Ohio (8-4, 4-4 Mid-American)|
||Friday, December 28, 2012|
|Location||Shreveport, La. (Independence Stadium)|
|Tickets||Purchase Tickets (Prices = $25 or $37 or $47)|
|TV||ESPN / ESPN3.com|
|Radio||104.1 FM (Monroe) / 710 AM (Shreveport) / ULMWarhawks.com|
|Internet||Live Stats / Twitter: @ULMWarhawks / #WarhawkFB / #ReadyToBowl|
|Team Information||ULM Bowl Central | ULM Bowl Guide | Ohio Football | Ohio Bowl Guide
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By The Numbers...
0 • ULM and Ohio have never met on the gridiron... It is also the first meeting between the two schools in any sport.
1 • ULM will be making its first bowl appearance since moving up to the FBS ranks beginning with the 1994 campaign.
2 • Brent Leonard needs just two receptions to become ULM's all-time leading receiver... The former walk-on has 202 career catches and trails on Mack Vincent who totaled 203 receptions from 2000-03.
2 • The attacking Warhawk defense scored a pair of defensive touchdowns in the 63-10 win at Tulane... It was the first time since the 1999 season that ULM scored multiple defensive TDs in one game... ULM recorded returned three interceptions for scores against Northwestern State on Sept. 25, 1999.
4 • Isaiah Newsome leads the Warhawks with four interceptions in 2012... Newsome is tied for third in the Sun Belt this season.
5 • ULM posted a five-game win streak from Sept. 29 - Oct. 27... It was the program's longest win streak since a five-game win streak during the 1993 season (Oct. 16 - Nov. 13).
8 • ULM's eight wins are an FBS-era (1994-pres.) high and the most since the Warhawks posted nine wins in the final season at the FCS (1-AA) level (9-3; 1993).
10 • ULM earned a total of 10 postseason honors from the Sun Belt Conference following a strong 2012 campaign... Head coach Todd Berry was named the league's coach of the year, while Kolton Browning was tabbed the conference's offensive player of the year... In all, the squad had eight all-conference selections (1 first team selection, 5 second team picks and two honorable mention team members).
44 • There have been 44 overtime games this season, an all-time high... ULM has played in a season-high four overtime games and posted a 3-1 record in those games.
59 • The Warhawks have set a new school record with 59 touchdowns this season... Of ULM's 59 TDs -- 31 passing TDs, 24 rushing TDs and four defensive scores (1 INT Return; 3 Fumble Returns)... The previous school record for TDs was 56 during the 1993 campaign.
90 • R.J. Young leads the Warhawk defense with 90 tackles in 2012... He has also recorded 10.5 tackles for loss.
97 • Brent Leonard has tallied 97 receptions this season... He is the first ULM receiver to tally 80 or more receptions in a single season and he currently ranks third in the Sun Belt single season record books.
98.2 • Justin Manton has connected on 55 of his 56 PATs this season for a success rate of 98.2 percent... His 55 makes and 56 attempts are both league highs.
297.36 • Kolton Browning ranks second in the Sun Belt and 21st nationally with 297.36 yards of total offense per contest.
The Dec. 28 match-up between the Warhawks and the Bobcats will be the first-ever meeting in any sport between the two schools.
ULM owns a 3-5-1 record all-time against current members of the Mid-American Conference. ULM's last meeting against a MAC team came on Oct. 3, 1998 at Western Michigan (L, 14-27). Head Coach Todd Berry owns a 1-2 mark against teams currently in the MAC and holds a 3-3 record against teams from the state of Ohio (3-1 vs. Youngstown State; 0-2 vs. Cincinnati).
Ohio, meanwhile, owns a 4-2 mark against current Sun Belt teams (2-0 vs. UL-Lafayette; 1-0 vs. North Texas; 1-1 vs. Western Kentucky; 0-1 vs. Troy). Ohio played a pair of Sun Belt schools during the 2010 campaign. The Bobcats defeated UL-Lafayette, 38-31, on Oct. 30, but dropped the New Orleans Bowl to Troy (L, 21-48, Dec. 18).
Head coach Frank Solich owns a 6-1 mark against teams from the SBC (2-0 vs. UL-Lafayette; 1-0 vs. North Texas, 3-1 vs. Troy). Solich is also 3-0 all-time against teams from the state of Louisiana (2-0 vs. UL-Lafayette; 1-0 vs. Louisiana Tech).
For the first time since joining the FBS ranks in 1994, ULM posted eight wins in a season. After starting the season 1-2, ULM won five straight contests to reach bowl eligibility with a 6-2 mark at the end of October. Following two losses in early November, the Warhawks won their final two games to secure its first winning season with an 8-4 record. It is ULM's first winning season since a 9-3 mark in 1993 (the final season of FCS [1-AA] play).
A Long December
When ULM lines up against Ohio at Independence Stadium on Dec. 28, it will be the first game beyond the first weekend in December that ULM has played a game since claiming the FCS (1-AA) National Championship 25 years ago.
That season, ULM won four postseason games en route to the title in 1987 (North Texas, W, 30-9, Nov. 28; Eastern Kentucky, W, 33-32, Dec. 5; Northern Iowa, W, 44-41 [2OT], Dec. 12; Marshall, W, 43-42, Dec. 19 [Pocatello, Idaho]).
ULM vs. Ohio is one of three bowl match-ups that feature a team from the Sun Belt against a team from the MAC. Prior to the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl featuring ULM vs. Ohio on Dec. 28 - Western Kentucky will battle Central Michigan in the Little Ceasers Pizza Bowl. The Hilltoppers and Chippewas will square off at Ford Field in Detroit on Dec. 26. In the final bowl game featuring the SBC and the MAC, Sun Belt Champion Arkansas State will battle Kent State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl. The Red Wolves and the Golden Flashes will battle at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. on Jan. 6.