"I didn't like our offense's eyes when we went out on the field," Berry said. "I want to see their eyes lit up. Most of the time, our offense's eyes have been lit up. They weren't lit up going out onto the field, and that bothered me-and it obviously bothers me now. Obviously I didn't inspire them."
Turnovers, however, were what turned a statistically close struggle into a rout for the Tigers. ULM had only 190 yards of total offense, but limited LSU to 251.
The Warhawks threw two interceptions, one of which LSU returned for a touchdown, and lost a fumble in the first half to fall behind, 23-0. ULM gave up a touchdown on a fumble return and had another interception in the fourth quarter.
Of ULM's 15 possessions, a third ended in a turnover and seven were three-and-outs, four of which resulted in negative yardage.
The Warhawks' two most successful possessions were a 12-play, 48-yard drive that reached LSU's 28-yard line before ending in an interception, and a nine-play 55-yard march that ended with the Warhawks turning the ball over on downs at LSU's 26.
"Offensively, the turnovers were horrendous and embarrassing," Berry said. "The lost yardage plays and the penalty plays are embarrassing. It's a lack of discipline, and that is my responsibility. Obviously we will need to get that corrected as we proceed."
The loss left the Warhawks with a 4-6 record, two wins short of the six required for postseason eligibility.
The good news is they have their two remaining games against North Texas and Louisiana-Lafayette at home, where they are 3-0 this season.
• The loss to LSU was ULM's third to a team from the SEC's Western Division. The Warhawks opened with a 31-7 loss to Arkansas and later lost, 52-3, at Auburn.
• QB Kolton Browning had his streak of 200-plus yard passing games end at a school record eight when he finished with only 61 yards on 8-of-17 passing. He did not play in the fourth quarter.
• Junior WR Luther Ambrose moved into a tie for 10th-place on the school's single-season reception list with his two receptions, giving him 54 catches for the year. He has 100 in his career.
Game Ball Goes To: DE Ken Dorsey-After coming up with big interception late in the loss at Florida International the previous week, Dorsey had two sacks among his eight tackles at LSU. It was the first time the junior had more than one sack in a game. He has five sacks and 12 tackles for losses this season..
Keep An Eye On: RB Jyruss Edwards-A redshirt freshman, Edwards gained 49 yards on five rushes, and had 106 yards on five kickoff returns, including a long of 29.
"Penalties and turnovers killed us tonight. Not being able to execute and put points on the board, you're not going to be able to win any game, so that's what happened."
-QB Kolton Browning.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
Looking Good: Despite the lopsided score, the defense didn't play that badly. The Warhawks forced LSU to settle for field goals three times and held the Tigers to 251 yard in total offense, 95 through the air. The Warhawks held LSU to 90 yards of total offense in the first half, but trailed, 23-0. Two of LSU's touchdowns came on returns of an interception and a fumble, and the Tigers needed to negotiate only 12 yards for a third touchdown following an interception. Junior S Darius Prelow led the Warhawks with a career-high 11 tackles and junior DE Ken Dorsey had two sacks among his eight stops.
Still Needs Work: The Warhawks passed for only 67 yards, with QB Kolton Browning struggling on 8-of-17 with two interceptions before sitting out the last 18 minutes. Cody Wells came in and was 2-of-5 with another interception. The Warhawks lost five turnovers.
• LB Troy Giddens, a transfer from LSU, made his first start of his ULM career and was credited with two tackles.
• Freshman WR Luke Russell, taking a direct snap, rushed 11 times for 20 yards. They were his first career carries.
• WR Brent Leonard caught a fourth-down pass for a first down for the fourth time this season.