Post Game Chatter: ULM vs Iowa

ULM QB Cody Wells - (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Backup quarterback Cody Wells continues to play well with every chance he gets this season. Wells completed 13-of-17 passes for 162 yards in ULM's 45-17 loss at Iowa on Saturday while seeing his most extensive action so far.

"Cody is a very talented young man," ULM offensive coordinator Steve Farmer said during his post game radio interview. "He does some very, very good things within our offense. He's a guy we feel like we can win with, so you're going to see him play."

By design according to ULM head coach Todd Berry, Wells has appeared in all four games this season, and not just in mop-up duty. Wells is directing first-half drives as a way to keep him sharp and to give starter Kolton Browning a sideline perspective.

"Obviously, Kolton brings the ability to do all those other things," Farmer said. "He's got a little bit better wheels and runs a little better."

ULM unveiled a new look at Iowa with both quarterbacks appearing in the backfield at the same time. However, Browning left the game in the third quarter after taking a handoff from Wells and absorbing a big hit to the head at the end of a six-yard run.

"We're just trying to find different ways to take advantage of having two quarterbacks and two kids who truly understand what you're trying to accomplish," Farmer said. "We trust ‘em both and we're just trying to give the defense something else to prepare for week to week. It was very successful for the most part."

Browning completed 16-of-27 passes for 131 yards and ran eight times for 29 yards and a touchdown. Combined the tandem hit 29-of-44 passes for 293 yards, a season high passing tally for the Warhawks.

"I was pleased with the way we moved the ball," Farmer said. "I was obviously disappointed with the way we allowed drives to stop, in particular in the first half. You get in a game like that and you've got to match the scores, and we did not do a very good job of that at all. We had some timely, critical dropped balls and some of those things that are very painful. We didn't do a very good job on third down of keeping ourselves on the field."

ULM converted 5-of-14 third down chances in the game and just 1-of-7 in the first half.

This week's disappointment: Following all three losses and the one win this season, ULM coach Todd Berry has expressed disappointment in the team's performance.

"I'm disappointed but not disheartened – but disappointed," Berry said in his opening remarks on the radio after the Iowa defeat. "It's my responsibility to get ‘em up and we don't have enough emotion. We're missing tackles. We're not a very good football team right now."

Open date ahead: Berry was terse in responding to what his team would do during the bye week in concluding his post-game radio interview.

"Play football," Berry said before heading to the locker room.

Offensive coordinator Steve Farmer echoed those sentiments. "We'll put a ball down and go get after each other."

Additionally with injuries mounting through four games, ULM can use the extra week for recuperation for some players.

"Our kids are playing hard," Farmer added. "Golly, I was watching both sides of the ball and they're throwing their bodies in there. Our receivers took some shots and hung onto the football. Our defense was throwing their bodies into those big backs. There are a lot of good things. We just have to heal up our bumps and bruises and go win the Sun Belt."

Quote to note: "We're not making any plays. We got good calls out there and guys aren't making plays offensively and defensively either one." – Berry on the radio while leaving the field at halftime.

Up next (in two weeks): Following their bye week, the Warhawks play host to Arkansas State on Oct. 8 in ULM's Sun Belt opener. A-State hammered FCS foe Central Arkansas 53-24 on Saturday. Place-kicker Brian Davis set a Sun Belt single-game record with six field goals and the Red Wolves gained 656 yards. Arkansas State opens its Sun Belt schedule on Oct. 1 at Western Kentucky.

Tail feathers: Kevin Steed started at tight end for ULM and caught four passes for 38 yards. Tight ends Ty Kittle and Keavon Milton both missed the game with injuries. … Freshman PK Justin Manton kicked a career long 43-yard field goal on ULM's opening drive. It was the second of his young career and the longest for ULM since Radi Jabor kicked a 43-yarder against North Texas on Nov. 7, 2009. … Jason Edwards and Darius Prelow led the ULM defense with 12 tackles apiece. … ULM was flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct when Jyruss Edwards flung the ball after he was tackled at the end of a 38-yard kickoff return. .. Iowa QB James Vandenberg threw for 270 yards and three touchdowns and running back Marcus Coker added 113 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns. Wide receiver Marvin McNutt caught seven passes for 100 yards. … Iowa scored on six of six trips inside the red zone.

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