NEW ORLEANS – It was ULM (2-2) early and often on Saturday afternoon as the Warhawks cruised to a 63-10 win at Tulane (0-4) inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Junior quarterback Kolton Browning led the charge as he went 15-for-21 for 253 yards and three touchdowns, including a long strike of 52 yards. With his performance, Browning surpassed 6,000 career passing yards and 1,000 season passing yards.
The ULM defense scored twice, once on a Darius Lively interception and again on a R.J. Younginterception that was recovered by Ray Stovall in the endzone for the score. It held Tulane to 151 total yards and 11 first downs.
Jyruss Edwards rushed 11 times for 56 yards and two touchdowns to move into a tie for fifth with Joe Profit with 19 career-rushing touchdowns. DeVontae McNeal finished with 114 yards on 10 carries and one touchdown. ULM rushed for 222 yards while Tulane finished with -9 yards on the ground. Je'Ron Hammcaught three balls for 86 yards and a touchdown to lead the ULM receiving corps. The ULM offense totaled 553 yards.
The Warhawks chose to go on offense to begin the game after winning the coin toss and used a five-play, 84-yard drive using 2:06 to go up 7-0 with 12:54 left in the first quarter. Browning found Je'Ron Hammfor 52 yards before a roughing the passer penalty on Tulane moved the Warhawks to the Green Wave's 16-yard line. Edwards finished the drive with a seven-yard touchdown run.
A methodical drive would lead to the Warhawks next score as Browning found Kevin Steed for a three-yard touchdown pass to give ULM a 14-0 lead with 3:30 left in the opening quarter. The drive lasted 15 plays and ate 6:35 of clock.
Young picked off D.J. Ponder and returned it 49 yards before fumbling into the endzone where Stovall recovered to give the Warhawks a 21-0 lead with 11 seconds left in the first quarter. The play was reviewed but was confirmed.
Following a interception thrown by ULM senior quarterback Cody Wells, Tulane converted a 54-yard field goal attempt to get on the board, 21-3, with 12:25 left in the first half.
ULM converted two third downs and used three Tulane penalties to drive down the field. Browning connected with Hamm again -- this time for a 29-yard touchdown pass -- to give ULM a 28-3 lead with 7:24 left in the half.
Browning continued to have success through the air and found Tavarese Maye after getting rushed out of the pocket for a 38-yard touchdown pass. ULM led 35-3 with 4:44 left in the half.
At halftime, ULM was outgaining Tulane 291 to 43 and held the first down advantage, 15-4.
ULM's offense picked up where it left off with a five-play, 51-yard scoring drive -- highlighted by three carries by Edwards totaling 34 yards including the three-yard score -- to give ULM a 42-3 lead.
Wells entered the game for his second series and found Rashon Ceasar (his first career catch) for a 59-yard reception and then scrambled for another 14 yards. Monterrell Washington finished the drive with a one-yard touchdown carry, giving ULM a 49-3 lead with 9:16 left in the third quarter.
Lively picked off Ponder and returned it six yards for a touchdown and extended the visitors' lead to 56-3 with 5:54 left in the third quarter.
Tulane collected its first touchdown of the day on an 18-yard pass from Ponder to Ryan Grant. With 12:05 left in the game, ULM led 56-10.
Tulane's Ponder finished 21-for-44 for 160 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.
McNeal capped a nine play, 94-yard drive with 42-yard touchdown run to give the Warhwaks a 63-10 lead with 2:51 to play in the game. The 42-yarder was the longest run of McNeal's career and it also marked his first career touchdown run.
The Warhawks will stay on the road and play at Middle Tennessee next Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
ULM - 7 yard TD run by J. Edwards (J. Manton XP) 5-85-2:06 ULM 7-0
ULM - 3-yard TD catch from K. Browning to K. Steed (J. Manton XP) 15-76-6:35 ULM 14-0
ULM - R.J. Young interception returned for 55 yards, R. Stovall recovered for TD in endzone (J. Manton XP) ULM 21-0
Tulane - 54-yard field goal from C. Santos 4-3-) 0:54 ULM 21-3
ULM - 29-yard pass from K. Browning to J. Hamm (J. Manton XP) ULM 28-3
ULM - 38-yard pass from Browning to T. Maye (J. Manton XP) ULM 35-3
ULM - 3-yard run by J. Edwards (J. Manton XP) 5-51-1:19 ULM 42-3
ULM - 1-yard run by M. Washington (J. Manton XP) 5-85-1:55 ULM 49-3
ULM - 6-yard INT return by D. Lively (J. Manton XP) ULM 56-3
Tulane - 18-yard pass from D.J. Ponder to R. Grant (C. Santos XP) 7-39-2:39 ULM 56-10
ULM - 42-yard run by D. McNeal (J. Manton XP) 9-94-4:20 ULM 63-10
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