It was like a bad dream all over again for ULM as just like a year ago against Auburn on the second play from scrimmage the Warhawks turned the ball over to the opposing team.
Working out of the shotgun, the ball was snapped over the head of ULM quarterback Trey Revell and recovered by the Longhorns. Four plays later Cody Johnson scored from one yard out to give Texas a gift wrapped 7-0 lead.
The Warhawks would go three and out on their next series and and give the ball back to Texas. The Longhorns would work a little harder for this one but take a 14-0 lead on another Johnson one yard run.
ULM would get the break they needed late in the 1st quarter when linebacker Cardia Jackson forced a fumble on Texas running back Vontrell McGee and was scooped up by Josh Thomas and returned 29 yards to the Texas 8 yard line. On 3rd and goal from the Texas 2, Revell found big Keavon Milton on a flag pattern in the back of the endzone but the ball was dropped and the Warhawks had to settle for a Radi Jabour 24yard field goal.
It would be a recurring theme for the Warhawks all night, missed opportunities. After a rare 3 and out for Texas it seemed ULM might get some momentum back in the game. Starting from their own 19 yard line, Luther Ambrose ripped off 16 yards, and another 9 but back to back illegal blocks in the back would force ULM to punt the football away.
Texas would take over and go on a 9 play 67 yard drive and cap it off with yet another Cody Johnson one yard touchdown, his third of the night. Texas got a big break on a questionable pass interference call on ULM defensive back Alex Blake extended the drive.
ULM would silence the record crowd on their next posession when Revell rolled to his right and heaved a 75 yard touchdown pass to burner Luther Ambrose. The score would bring the Warhawks to within 11 points of the nations #2 team but that would be a close as they got.
Texas would show their big play ability on the very next play as D.J. Monroe took the kickoff and raced down the sideline untouched for a 89 yard touchdown that extended the Texas lead to 18.
After another three and out by ULM, Texas took over at their own 39 looking to add even more to the lead. On a third and 5 at the 37, ULM defensive back Otis Stamps picked off heisman runner up Colt McCoy and returned it to the Longhorn 39.
With a chance to cut into the lead the Warhawks elected to go to the wild Warhawk formation. After reaching the Texas 29, the Warhawks would go backwards and move themselves out of field goal range and eventually be forced to punt.
Texas would make ULM pay. On first down at the 22 yard line, McCoy would hook up with his favorite target Jordan Shipley on a beautiful bomb down the right sideline for the 78 yard score. Texas would add a late field goal to push the halftime score to 38-10.
ULM would have more opportunities to put points of the board but would come up short. After forcing a punt, and getting an kick catch interference call, ULM would start their third drive of the half on the Texas 32. A big pass play to TE Alvin Jordan took the ball down to the longhorn 4 yard line. With a 2nd and goal from the 2 yard line ULM elected to run east/west and Frank Goodin was spilled for a 6 yard loss back to the 7 yard line. On third and goal, Trey Revell's pass bounced off Jordan and was intercepted by Nolan Brewster, ending the threat.
In the fourth quarter ULM would again get inside the Texas 10 yard line but only walk away with a 21 yard field goal making the score 52-13.
The Warhawks would put together a nice 9 play 69 yard drive and cap it with a Frank Goodin 13 yard touchdown run, That score would the final of the night as Texas rolled to a 59-20 win.
ULM finished the night with 298 yard of offense while Texas finished with 562. Quarterback Trey Revell finished 14/30 for 197 yards, one touchdown and one unfortunate int. To Revell's defense, the Warhawks dropped 5-6 passes on the night. Frank Goodin lead the rushing attack with 60 yards on 15 carries.
ULM sensational sophomore Luther Ambrose had one heck of a first half but did not return in the second half with an apparent elbow injury. Ambrose rushed for 25 yards on 2 carries, 77 yards receiving on 2 catches, and 105 yards on 5 kick returns. Ambrose rolled up 207 yards of total offense on the night.
Defensively ULM was led by sophomore Darius Prelow with 10 total tackles. Cardia Jackson was credited with 8 tackles, one for a loss and forced a fumble. Aaron Morgan finished with 5 tackles, one pass breakup, one qb hurry, and one qb sack.
ULM will return home next week for a matchup against Texas State.