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October 14, 2009
In seasons past, a close one possession game would have seen bad luck rain down on the Warhawks enroute to a loss. This season the only rain ULM (4-2, 3-0) sees is from Mother Nature, and Tuesday night's Sun Belt Conference against Arkansas State (1-4, 0-2) was a prime example.
Malone Stadium was living up to the "ESPN2 on the Bayou" hype that surrounded the nationally televised game, as the stadium saw nearly two inches of rain in the time leading up to the game. Despite the wet conditions, 14,378 cheered the Warhawks on to a 16-10 victory.
The wet conditions did cause a few problems as the Warhawks had four fumbles, including a snap over Trey Revell's head for a 22 yard loss in the first half.
Despite the miscues, ULM's offense was clicking on all cylinders in the first half, as they scored all 16 points in the half and tallied 188 yards of offense. This was opposite what the Red Wolves accomplished, as all of their points came in the second half on 170 yards of offense, including 142 passing yards by senior QB Corey Leonard.
Revell connected with LaGregory Sapp for a 48 yard TD on the opening drive to give the Warhawks an early 7-0 lead on the two play, 55 yard, 56 second drive. The play was the second longest of the season, trailing the 75 yard pass to Luther Ambrose in the season opener at Texas.
DT Aaron Williams collected his first fumble recovery in his career, when Leonard fumbled; giving ULM the ball at the ASU nine yard line. The offense stalled, but managed to tack on a 20-yard Radi Jabour field goal.
The Warhawk defense hinted at the strong night they would have to end the game in the first half.
In the first quarter of play, ULM's defense held Arkansas State to - 9 yards of total offense. It was the first time since 2003 that an opponent had been held to a negative amount of yards. In that contest, ULM held Stephen F. Austin to -2 yards.
Josh Thomas got his second career sack in the second quarter, holding the Red wolves to their fourth straight three and out possession in the first half, but it was sophomore Troy Evans that made the biggest plays. With time winding down, and the Red Wolves driving into Warhawk territory, Evans sacked Leonard twice to setup a suspenseful fourth down with 16 seconds remaining.
In the final attempt to secure the come from behind upset, Leonard floated a pass into the north endzone, only to have sophomore corner back Darius Prelow bat the ball down, allowing ULM's offense to run the clock to zero with the victory formation.
Next up for ULM will be their final non-conference contest, as they travel to Lexington, Ky. for an October 24th FSN televised contest. Kickoff for the game is slated for 6pm.