ULM rushed for only 80 yards against Florida Atlantic, but when crunch time came, coach Todd Berry turned to the running game. First, freshman running back scored from 5 yards out on a third-down run to cap a nine-play drive in the fourth quarter that gave the Warhawks the decisive touchdown in their 20-17 victory over the Owls.
It was the only run play called in the march, which started at their own 45-yard line. Then, after stopping the Owls on their ensuing series, the Warhawks got a much-needed first down on three runs, allowing them to kill the final seconds of the game with two kneeldowns.
"I'm really, really proud of this football team," Berry said. "We have some work to do and that's apparent, but I really believe that this team has a lot of the intangibles that you're looking for. It just needs to grow up. "There should be some confidence now that we will find a way to win, and that is so important for a football team."
The Warhawks had lost 52-3 at Auburn in their previous outing and had only one victory, that over an FCS team (Southeastern Louisiana), but they came into the game ready to play.
"One of the things I've been mentioning to them is that I don't think we have been coming out with all the emotion," Berry said. "It is almost like they were afraid to do that. I think this week they came out and did that, and I'm really proud of that fact.
"I don't know that I could have scripted the game any better, to be honest with you."
The Warhawks were playing just their second home game of the season. They must go back on the road for their next two, however, starting with a trip to Western Kentucky. They are at Middle Tennessee after that.
--QB Kolton Browning became the first ULM quarterback to pass for more than 200 yards in four consecutive games since Steven Jyles did it in 2004. Browning was 25 of 41 for 282 yards. He had one touchdown pass and one interception.
--The Warhawks had a 52-yard pass play from Browning to WR Anthony McCall in the first quarter that was a season-long play from scrimmage for ULM until P Aaron Munoz and WR Zach Rhodes hooked up on a 56-yard pass play later in the period.
--ULM's safety in the second quarter when DE Ken Dorsey sacked FAU's Jeff Van Camp was the first safety for the Warhawks since Sept, 12, 2009, against Texas Southern.
GAME BALL GOES TO: RB Jyruss Edwards -- The true freshman gained only 13 yards on five carries but answered when called upon, scoring the decisive touchdowns from 5 yards on a third-down play. He also had three receptions for 22 yards and three kickoff returns for 93 yards, including runbacks of 35 and 31 yards.
KEEP AN EYE ON: DE Ken Dorsey -- The junior was in on 1.5 sacks in the win over FAU, including one that resulted in a safety. He has a team-best three sacks on the season.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "There are a lot of moments in life, like your wedding and your first child, and that was one of those moments." -- Freshman RB Jyruss Edwards, on his feelings after scoring his first collegiate touchdown.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
LOOKING GOOD: ULM held FAU to just 141 yards passing, coming up with two sacks (DE Ken Dorsey and LB Cameron Blakes). QB Kolton Browning threw for 282 yards and a touchdown. WR Luther Ambrose had six catches for 61 yards, and WR Anthony Mcall had a game-high 96 yards on five catches. The Warhawks had a season-high 418 yards total offense and a season-low five penalties for 25 yards.
STILL NEEDS WORK: The Warhawks gave up five sacks and managed only 80 net yards rushing. RB Frank Goodin led the way with just 30 yards on 11 runs.
--QB Kolton Brown's 1,076 yards passing are the most for a ULM quarterback since the Warhawks began competing in the Sun Belt Conference in 2001.
--Senior LB Theo Smith's interception was the second of his career.
--Sophomore WR Brent Leonard caught the second touchdown pass of his career.