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ULM Drops Thriller at UL-Lafayette
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Release: November 05, 2011
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LAFAYETTE, La. -- Aided by a lucky bounce on an on-side kick, UL-Lafayette rallied from an 11-point deficit with two touchdowns over a 59-second span to stun ULM 36-35 Saturday evening in Sun Belt Conference action at Cajun Field.

The Warhawks took a 35-24 lead on Jyruss Edwards' third rushing touchdown and fourth overall touchdown of the game with 3:08 to play in the game.

ULL (8-2, 6-1 Sun Belt) started the ensuing drive on the ULM 48-yard line after a late hit by the Warhawks out of bounds. The ULM defense held on the first two plays, but Blaine Gautier completed a 23-yard pass to Harry Peoples on third down to give the Cajuns first down on the ULM 23-yard line. Gautier completed another third down pass, this time a 16-yard strike to Darryl Surgent, for the touchdown with 2:05 to play.

Brett Baer sent the on-side kick screaming down the sideline and it was deflected before Ladarius Green recovered the ball on the ULM 39-yard line. Alonzo Harris plunged in the end zone from three yards out three plays later to put the Cajuns up 36-35. ULM held ULL out of the end zone on the two-point conversion try to keep it a one point game with 1:06 to play.

Back-to-back completions by Kolton Browning pushed the ball across midfield with around 40 seconds to play. Following a rush for no gain and an incompletion, the Warhawks were faced with a 3rd-and-10 from the ULL 46-yard line. Browning completed a pass to Brent Leonard for no gain who appeared to reach the sideline. However, the officials ruled him down in bounds forcing the Warhawks to scramble to get a final play off. Browning picked up 15 yards on a rush as time expired.

Browning completed a career-high 33 passes in 43 attempts for 258 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for career-best 91 yards and a score -- Browning put the Warhawks on the board first with a 62-yard run right through the gut of the Cajun defense.

Edwards rushed for 63 yards on 14 carries and had six catches for 39 yards. His three rushing touchdowns are the most since Frank Goodin had the same number against FIU in 2009. Leonard had seven catches for 79 yards to move into eighth place on the ULM single-season receptions with 59 on the year.

The Warhawks (2-7, 1-4) jumped out to a 14-0 lead with Browning's touchdown run on their first drive of the game and an Edwards 4-yard run at the end of the first quarter.

ULL rolled off 24 straight in the second quarter to take a 10-point lead into the half. Gautier threw a pair of touchdown passes to Green and one Javone Lawson before Baer added a 41-yard field goal right before the half.

Gautier was 30-of-47 for 355 yards with four touchdowns and an interception. Green set a Cajun Field record with 13 catches for 136 yards.

For the fourth time in five Sun Belt Conference games this season, ULM outgained its opponent. The Warhawks finished with 456 yards of offense in the game with 258 coming through the air and 198 coming on the ground. The Cajuns totaled 410 yards in the game; 356 through the air and 54 on the ground.

The Warhawks opened the second half like they opened the game, on a mission. Edwards opened the scoring with a 4-yard run on ULM's opening possession of the half and then caught a 12-yard pass from Browning for a score on the first play of the fourth quarter before capping the ULM scoring with his touchdown late in the final quarter.

ULM thought they had scored midway through the third quarter when it appeared that Green had fumbled and Darius Prelow scooped the ball and took it into the end zone for an apparent touchdown. However, the officials ruled on the play that Green's forward progress had stopped despite the fact that he was still spinning forward when the ball came loose. The score would have given the Warhawks a 28-24 lead at the time.

ULM hosts Middle Tennessee next Saturday in Malone Stadium. Kickoff between the Warhawks and Blue Raiders is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Scoring Summary
ULM - Browning 62-yard run (Manton kick), 11:34, 1st                                     0-7

ULM - Edwards 4-yard run (Manton kick), 1:48, 1st                                        0-14
ULL - Green 29-yard pass from Gautier (Baer kick), 11:47, 2nd                       7-14
ULL - Lawson 17-yard pass from Gautier (Baer kick), 7:38, 2nd                      14-14
ULL - Green 49-yard pass from Gautier (Baer kick), 5:23, 2nd                        21-14
ULL - Baer 41-yard field goal, 0:03, 2nd                                                        24-14
ULM - Edwards 5-yard run (Manton kick), 12:15, 3rd                                      24-21
ULM - Edwards 12-yard pass from Browning (Manton kick), 14:53, 3rd            24-28

ULM - Edwards 3-yard run (Manton kick), 3:08, 4th                                       24-35
ULL - Surgent 16-yard pass from Gautier (Gautier pass fail), 2:05, 4th             30-35
ULL - Harris 3-yard run (Harris run fail), 1:06, 4th                                            36-35

ULM Team Notes

-Kolton Browning and Ken Dorsey were selected as team captains and represented ULM during the pregame coin toss.

-ULM won the coin toss and deferred possession to the second half.

-Darius Prelow started his 23rd consecutive game at safety, the longest starts streak by any current Warhawk player.

-The Warhawks have registered multiple rushing touchdowns in six of nine games.  ULM has scored at least one touchdown on the ground in all nine games this season.

-ULM has now forced an opponent to punt on its first drive in seven of nine games.

-Browning's 62-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was the longest play from scrimmage for the Warhawks this season.  The rush was also a career-long for Browning, eclipsing a 24-yard carry against Arkansas State Oct. 8. 

-The Browning score was the longest run for the Warhawks since Kinsmon Lancaster registered a 74-yard pickup Nov. 8, 2008 against Middle Tennessee, and the longest touchdown since Calvin Dawson's 62-yard run Nov. 3, 2007, also against Middle Tennessee.

-Luther Ambrose's six catches moved him past Drouzon Quillen for seventh place on the all-time receptions list (126).  Ambrose has registered a catch in 29 of the past 33 games.

-Ambrose extended his career lead in kickoff return yardage to 2,329.

-Jyruss Edwards' three touchdown runs upped his total to six for the season, surpassing the four he tallied as a freshman in 2010.  Edwards is the first ULM rusher to score multiple touchdowns on the ground since Browning ran for a pair Oct. 30, 2010 against Troy.  The three touchdown runs were the most for ULM since Frank Goodin did it against FIU (Oct.3, 2009).

-Brent Leonard moved past Jackie Harris (1989), Darrell McNeal (2007), Vincent Brisby (1992) and Stepfret Williams (1994) into eighth place in single-season receptions (59).

-Zarrell Sanders set a new career-high in receptions, catching four passes for 40 yards.

-Mitchell Bailey's 18-yard run in the third quarter was the longest of his career.  Bailey finished the game with 11 carries for 43 yards.

-Edwards' 12-yard touchdown catch to start the fourth quarter was his first career receiving score. 

-Khairi Usher's fourth quarter interception marked the 29th game the Warhawks have forced a turnover under defensive coordinator Troy Reffett.

-Browning finished the game with a personal-best 33 completions for 258 yards and a touchdown, passing Stan Humphries for sixth all-time in career passing yards (4,413).  He added a career-high 91 yards rushing.

-The Warhawks outgained a Sun Belt opponent in yards of total offense for the fourth time in five conference games (456-410).