The ULM Warhawks returned home this weekend to take on the winless FIU Panthers in Malone stadium. The Panthers would strike first but the Warhawks would answer and never look back in a 28-14 win.
Darrell McNeal was the offensive star of the night scoring a career high three touchdowns. McNeal starting his scoring spree when Lancaster found him on a quick slant from 14 yards out for the touchdown. McNeal caught the ball at the 10 and broke 3 tackles on his way to the end zone.
With under a minute remaining until halftime, Lancaster would hit McNeal from 4 yards out giving ULM a 14-7 lead. Lancaster was sharp on the drive hitting 5/6 for 73 yards. With :51 seconds left on the clock the Panthers moved the ball all the way down the Warhawk 39 yard line. On 4th down, converted quarterback to linebacker Chance Payne made his first career interception ending the FIU threat.
After forcing FIU to punt on their first series of the first half, ULM would get the ball back and add to their lead. This time it would be Calvin Dawson that would do the damage. Gashing the Panther defense for back to back 20 yard runs, ULM moved the ball to the FIU 40. After Anthony McCall 20 yard pass to Marty Humphrey, Dawson finished the drive with a 9 yard touchdown run.
To start the 4th quarter, the Panthers would put a little scare into the home crowd with they made it a 7 point game. Wayne Younger hit Zap Hawkins for a 19 yard scoring pass to make the score 21-14. On the ULM next possession, Cole Wilson had his 47 yard field goal blocked to keep the score tight.
ULM would put the game away for good when they put together a 9 play 57 yard drive that ate 6:09 off the clock. It would be the man of the night McNeal taking a direct snap from center Adam Hill and weaving his way through the defense for a 13 yard touchdown run. The drive was keyed with a huge 3rd and 19 conversion. Lancaster found Dawson for 24 yards and gave the Warhawks a first down at the 13 yard line.
The ULM defense once again had a huge night sacking FIU quarterback Wayne Younger 5 times and picking him off once. Ricky Williams(1 sack), Aaron Morgan(1), Alaric Coleman(1), David Cooper(1.5), and Cardia Jackson(.5) all turned in big nights.
Darrell McNeal had a career high 120 yards on 7 catches and 2 touchdowns. Calvin Dawson tied former great ULM running back Greg Robinson with his 22nd career rushing touchdown. With 5 games remaining Dawson only needs 235 rushing yards to become ULM's all time leading rusher. Kinsmon Lancaster completed 15/20 passes for 237 yards, 2 touchdowns, and no interceptions.
ULM will travel to Florida Atlantic next week to take on quarterback Rusty Smith and the first place Owls.