MONROE, La.—Tyrell Fenroy rushed for a school-record 297 yards and Louisiana-Lafayette took advantage of the big play in a 44-35 victory over ULM in the Sun Belt opener for both clubs in front of a crowd of 21,929 in Malone Stadium Saturday night.
The Ragin' Cajuns had six touchdowns of 52 yards or more and finished the game with 728 yards of total offense. Fenroy had touchdown runs of 89, 80 and 52 yards, Jason Chery ran for an 89-yard score and caught a 74-yard touchdown pass, and Michael Desomeaux ran in a 64-yard touchdown.
ULL (2-3, 1-0 Sun Belt) finished game with 556 yards on the ground on 37 carries for a 15.0 yards-per-carry average. The Warhawks ran for 241 yards on 40 carries and finished the game with 383 yards of total offense.
The Warhawks did not turn the ball over in the game and have just three turnovers on the season, which is tops in the nation. ULM entered the game tied with Florida, Oklahoma and UNLV for the fewest in the NCAA, but all three other teams had at least one turnover on the day.
The crowd was the seventh-largest in Malone Stadium history and the largest crowd for a Sun Belt Conference game in stadium history.
After falling behind 34-16 midway through the third quarter, ULM mounted a furious rally to get within two, 37-35, late in the fourth quarter. Greg James jump-started the charge with a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown – his second pick of the game. The junior safety now ranks third on the ULM career list and fourth on the Sun Belt career chart with 13 picks.
Drew Edmiston pushed the lead out to 37-29 with a 25-yard field goal two possessions later.
Frank Goodin pulled the Warhawks within a two-point conversion of tying the game with his second touchdown of the game, but Trey Revell's pass to Zeek Zacharie in the end zone was just out of reach. Revell rushed for 92 yards on just six carries, while Goodin ran for 73 yards on 17 carries.
On ULL's next possession, Fenroy went straight up the middle on the first play of the drive for 80 yards and his third score of the game.
ULM's Radi Jabour kicked field goals of 42, 19 and 39 yards in the first half and has now made four consecutive kicks after the Warhawks opened the season just 2-for-7 on field goal attempts.
Chery's two touchdowns came on ULL's first two drives of the second half after the Warhawks (1-4, 0-1) seemed to grab a little momentum with a pair of field goals in the final three minutes of the first half.
Lancaster took control of the Warhawks next drive rushing three times for 71 times setting up a three-yard touchdown run by Darrell McNeal.
The Cajuns responded five plays later as Fenroy popped his 52-yard run straight up the middle stretching the lead out to 34-16.
ULM turned the tables on its ensuing drive as Revell kept the ball on an option for 57 yards down to the ULL eight-yard line. A personal foul penalty moved the ball to the four and Goodin took it in for his first score of the night.
The Warhawks hit the road next week as they travel to Jonesboro, Ark., for a Sun Belt contest against Arkansas State on Saturday. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN+.
ULM – Jabour 42-yard FG, 6:48, 1st
ULL – Fenroy 89-yard run (Edmiston kick failed), 6:31, 1st
ULL – Desomeaux 64-yard run (Edmiston kick), 14:51, 2nd
ULM – Jabour 19-yard FG, 2:48, 2nd
ULM – Jabour 39-yard FG, 0:07, 2nd
ULL – Chery 87-yard run (Edmiston kick), 13:53, 3rd
ULL – Chery 74-yard pass from Desomeaux (Edmiston kick), 11:07, 3rd
ULM – McNeal 3-yard run (Jabour kick), 9:36, 3rd
ULL – Fenroy 52-yard run (Edmiston kick), 7:48, 3rd
ULM – Goodin 4-yard run (Jabour kick failed), 1:15, 3rd
ULM – James 55-yard interception return (Jabour kick), 14:49, 4th
ULL – Edmiston 25-yard FG, 7:36, 4th
ULM – Goodin 11-yard run, 5:42, 4th
ULL – Fenroy 80-yard run, 5:20, 4th